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The Favorite Daughter: A Novel
The Favorite Daughter: A Novel
The Favorite Daughter: A Novel
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The Favorite Daughter: A Novel

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars



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In this psychological thriller set in a southern California gated community, a wife and mother wonders how much she can trust her own family.

Jane Harris lives in a sparkling home in an oceanfront gated community in Orange County. It’s a place that seems too beautiful to be touched by sadness. But exactly one year ago, Jane’s oldest daughter, Mary, died in a tragic accident, and Jane has been grief-stricken ever since. Lost in a haze of anti-depressants, she’s barely even left the house. Now that’s all about to change.

It’s time for Jane to reclaim her life and her family. Jane’s husband, David, has planned a memorial service for Mary and three days later, their youngest daughter, Betsy, graduates high school. Yet as Jane reemerges into the world, it’s clear her family has changed without her. Her husband has been working long days—and nights—at the office. Her daughter seems distant, even secretive. And her beloved Mary was always such a good girl—dutiful and loving. But does someone know more about Mary, and about her last day, than they’ve revealed?

The bonds between mothers and daughters, and husbands and wives should never be broken. But you never know how far someone will go to keep a family together . . .

Perfect for fans of B.A. Paris and Shari Lapena.

Praise for The Favorite Daughter

A PopSugar Best Book of Spring

“A chilling glimpse behind the façade of the perfect family.” —Liv Constantine, author of The Last Mrs. Parrish

“[An] exceptional psychological thriller. . . . Suspense fans will be amply rewarded.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Diabolical. . . . Delightfully wicked fun.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Jane is a character readers will love to hate. Rouda combines domestic suspense with a touch of dark humor for a compulsively readable book set in the mind of a textbook narcissist.” —Bookreporter
Release dateMay 21, 2019
The Favorite Daughter: A Novel
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Kaira Rouda

Kaira Rouda is a USA TODAY bestselling, multiple award-winning author of contemporary fiction that explores what goes on beneath the surface of seemingly perfect lives. Her domestic suspense novel, Best Day Ever, is a USA TODAY bestseller translated into more than eight languages. Her new novel,The Favorite Daughter, is available now. She lives in Washington, D.C., and Southern California and is at work on her next novel.

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