BOOK CLUB: The Favourite Daughter

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Author: Kaira Rouda
ISBN: 9781489276261
RRP: $29.99
Publication Date: 15 April 2019
Publisher: HQ Fiction
Copy: Courtesy of the Publisher

The Favourite Daughter is the latest release by bestselling author Kaira Rouda, centring on loss, grief and the secrets we keep.

There are already some fantastic reviews out for this one and I hope our members love the book just as much. I look forward to hearing what they think.

Synopsis from Goodreads:T

One of them lied. One of them died.

Jane’s life has become a haze of antidepressants since the tragic death of her daughter, Mary. The accident, which happened over a year ago now, destroyed their perfect family life forever.

The trouble is, the more Jane thinks about that night, the more she realises that something doesn’t seem right. Does her youngest daughter know more than she’s letting on? What secrets is her husband still hiding from her? And why does no one trust her to be on her own?

Even if it’s the last thing she does, she’ll find out the truth…

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The Favourite Daughter is available now through HQ Fiction and where all good books are sold.

Thanks to HQ Fiction 10 of our Beauty and Lace Club members will be reading The Favourite Daughter so please be aware there may be spoilers in the comments below.

8 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: The Favourite Daughter

  1. First of all I would like to thank beauty and lace and the publishers for the opportunity to read this book.

    Author Kaira Rouda took me on a journey and really changed my perspectives on books, this is the first one i’ve read with a untrustworthy narrator.

    The main character Jane is trying to do the best she can for her child, and her husband after her other daughter dies tragically. Jane is struggling with complex grief after the ordeal, which I can relate to on a personal level.

    This book really is a journey complete with unexpected twists and turns. I never expected the book to end up where it did, this isn’t normally the type of book I’d go for but I’m glad I did

  2. Thank you so much Harlequin Australia and Beauty and Lace for introducing me to the wonderful Kaira Rouda my new “Favourite Author”

    I can’t recall ever disliking a character so much from the get-go, there is absolutely nothing to like about Jane, a mother that chooses a favourite child, a mother who describes her favourite daughter as also her husband’s favourite, a mother that compares her children, a mother that describes one daughter as average, a mother who describes her daughter as not having much talent and without any athletic skills, a mother who describes the remaining child (her new favourite) a mother who describes her remaining daughter as the only problem daughter, Jane is a jealous, unlikable, flawed, blameless, loser of a woman.

    What kind of mother installs listening devices in her daughter’s bedrooms, what kind of a helicopter mother lists a spying app and Find My Friends app as her two favourite apps, a delusional, vengeful, narcissistic, pill popping, cheating, lying, deceitful, disaster and accident statistic dropping woman, who adored and preferred one of her daughters over the other – who does that?

    This book is disturbingly a compelling page turner, as much as I despised Jane, I loved the story and could not put down. It really does go to show, non-one really knows what goes on behind closed doors, in the glitzy suburbs, the flash cars, the facade of happy families, loving parents, adored children, false impressions, no-one really knows anyone, but then again, they always say:-

    ‘dogs are such good judges of character’

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and look forward to reading all Kaira’s backlist.

  3. The Favourite Daughter by Kaira Rouda was a suspenseful read that was at times very uncomfortable to continue reading yet too difficult to put down. The book is written from the perspective of Jane, the overbearing mother of two teenage daughters and wife to a seemingly ideal husband. Jane has tragically lost her daughter and seemingly struggling to come to grips with a normal life. Her thoughts are vividly written as if she is conversation with the reader, though her storytelling often leaves the reader wanting to wince in disgust. There are many questions raised and you can’t help but read more and more to find out the truth behind what happened to Mary and the reality of Jane’s life.

    Thank you to Beauty and Lace, and Harlequin for giving the opportunity to review!

  4. The illusion of a happy home, a happy family and a perfect life, created by Jane Harris, Kaira Rouda’s lead protagonist in The Favourite Daughter, is actually something much more convoluted and sinister. The Favourite Daughter is an explosive thrill ride, presenting the reader with some unthinkable situations, as they try to wade through the details and uncover the real Jane Harris, a slippery woman who proves to be very hard to understand.

    I was reminded just how much I enjoyed Kaira Rouda’s writing style and narrative direction when I selected The Favourite Daughter to review. In 2017, I read Kaira Rouda’s novel, Best Day Ever, and I was taken aback by the strength of her unreliable narrator and central protagonist of the novel, Paul. In The Favourite Daughter, we are again presented with an unreliable narrator in Jane, a device that Rouda employs with finesse. We know Jane has been using antidepressants and she has withdrawn from life for over a year. She is a woman in haze, utterly consumed by grief, revenge and hatred. Jane is a complicated woman, who teeters on being completely despicable, to a someone you feel incredibly sorry for. It is a strong divide that will be sure to test the feelings and minds of all readers.

    Rouda’s narrative is finely plotted and the pace is maintained to a steady beat. There is a sense of uncertainty that follows this book and it works to entertain the audience. Rouda clearly has her hard core psychological thriller fans in mind as she issues plenty of plot flicks and spins. With the lines of reality and delusion often blurring, the reader is able to play a key role in uncovering the truth behind the carefully built facade of the Harris family. The Favourite Daughter is a real nail biter at times, reminding the audience of just how warped situations and human beings can become if they are pushed too far!

    The Favourite Daughter reminds us of the deviant personalities in life, those who walk on the wild side and those who go that step too far in the quest for perfection. Rouda has issued her readers with yet another memorable egomaniac in her latest novel, proving that those who have a weakness for quality psychological suspense novels should not miss this one.

    *I wish to thank Beauty & Lace Book Club/HQ Fiction for a copy of this book for review.

  5. Its odd when an author decides that their main character is the villain, someone you find you cannot trust and wonder at all times what they are up to. This is one of those books. Jane, a heart broken grieving mother is trying to pull herself together for her family and remaining daughter after losing a daughter a year ago. Her younger daughter Betsy is about to graduate and her loving husband David is longing for the wife he lost. This scenario comes to distraction when its suggested that the accident that stole away her other daughter, Mary, was not an accident. Was it Mary’s biological mother (yes she’s adopted) that caused this, was it a jealous sister or her loving boyfriend? How did Mary die and will Jane get back her family?

    A few twists in the tale of the grieving mother just don’t seem right… She will try to persuade you to see her side, how things affect her, her view of the hardships and hatred she has been exposed to. But is Jane really trustworthy.

    Quite a different tale and I agree with another reviewer, difficult to read and but difficult to not put down, its a book that invokes your sense of morals and thoughts of how things should be. What an interesting tale by author Kiara Rouda, a different take! Thanks for such a great opportunity to travel through this book’s journey!

  6. Wow this one took me ages to get into , finally finished it though .pretty much ended how I thought it would .
    Not usually my type of book but was glad I continued reading it .
    Thank you for choosing me to read it though.

  7. The Favourite Daughter by Kira Rouda is a very interesting read. It took me a while to get through this book, but I’m glad. I did as there were many questions that needed to be answered.
    One thin g I will say is that I don’t normally dislike the main character in a book but it was vey difficult to like anything about Jane. She is not our typical mother and one you could be easily excused for hating.
    The story is told from Jane’s point of view. She s=lost her ‘Favourite Daughter’ in an accident a year earlier and is still trying to deal worth her loss. A year on and she still needs to find out the truth behind Mary’s death.
    Thank you Beauty and Lace and HQ Fiction for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book. It certainly took me out of my comfort zone. A very interesting read.

  8. Thank you Beauty & Lace for the opportunity to read Kaira Rouda’s novel ‘The Favourite Daughter’.

    What a compelling, intriguing read! I haven’t read a book where I have had so much disdain but also a little sympathy for the main character! The book is written from the egocentric, unreliable and grief-stricken perspective of Jane Harris, the overbearing Mother of two girls, one of which has passed away a year earlier and who’s death has Jane questioning.
    Jane is written as though her thoughts are in conversation with the reader and at times her antics are hard to swallow.

    I enjoyed how this book highlights that not all is as it seems in seemingly upscale and Martha Stewart perfect family homes. The Harris’s are anything but perfect, the marriage is in tatters, and it is clear Betsy the remaining daughter is at odds with her Mother Jane., and especially when it is suggested that daughter Mary’s death may not have been an accident after all… and it wasn’t who caused it…

    Thank you HQ it was most certainly a page-turning read!

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