The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda

The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda was a book I picked up on impulse having read The Best Day Ever by the same author.  This follows the story of Jane Harris recovering from the death of her eldest daughter, Mary.  The reader sees the story of Mary’s death and the impact on Jane and Jane’s husband and her other daughter Betsy all through Jane’s eyes.  This is primarily a study of a narcissistic personality.

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Jane Harris is an unreliable narrator, unfortunately that is evident almost from the first page and so there is no questioning in the mind of the reader over who to trust among the characters.  You know from the start that you can’t trust Jane and from there it is a short leap that she did the very bad thing the book is about.  This book is an interesting study of narcissism but there are no surprises, no interesting twists or reveals.

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