The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll
Brett Courtney is the favorite on the reality television show set in New York about successful entrepreneurs; not just with the audience but with most of the cast as well. At least until recently when Brett’s sister Kelly joined the cast. Even though her popularity may be falling with the women of the show that doesn’t mean one of them wanted to kill her… Or does it?
When the book starts you know Brett is dead. The mystery is unfolded through looks at the past and present through the eyes of a few characters. (The audiobook is great because there are three voice actors reading the different points of view.) This book is as much a character study as it is a mystery with a large dose of sociology thrown in. Is it possible for women to be friends in these circumstances? I am not a watcher of reality television and I was afraid that my bias against that small screen genre would hamper my ability to like this book but that didn’t happen at all. If anything it confirmed my beliefs about the machinations that go on behind the scenes and “unreality” of the shows.
I’ll admit I didn’t guess the the motive or the identity of the murderer. Even better was a completely different OMG that was thrown in that poleaxed me. I’m quite impressed with the psychological thrillers coming out this year; this is the third that completely surprised me and in the best way.