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THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER

There’s nothing slightly revenge can’t repair in Rouda’s (Greatest
Day Ever, 2017, and so forth.) diabolical new home thriller.

It’s been a few 12 months since Jane Harris’ eldest daughter, Mary,
drowned after a fall from a excessive cliff into the torrential waters off the
Southern California coast, plunging Jane right into a haze of grief and drugs. It’s
additionally been onerous for Jane’s husband, David, and inventive youthful daughter, Betsy,
who’s about to graduate from highschool. Jane is able to make her return to
the social scene of The Cove, her unique neighborhood, and naturally because the
glue that holds her loving household collectively. Not so quick. “Loving household” would possibly
be an overstatement. After 20 years of marriage, Jane discovers David is
dishonest (these tracker apps turn out to be useful), and Betsy has been performing some
sneaking round of her personal. Jane has additionally been getting nameless notes that
point out Mary’s accident may not have been so unintentional and that Betsy would possibly
even have had one thing to do with it. That’s unacceptable. Jane didn’t claw
her method up from her horrid Arkansas upbringing for nothing. Nobody will get away
with doing Jane flawed, and completely nobody will get away with killing her
favourite daughter (and Jane repeatedly makes it clear that Mary was her fave).
Poor Betsy. In Jane, Rouda delivers one other extremely broken and wildly
unreliable narrator who’s not possible to like however equally not possible to look
away from. The totally shameless Jane takes full benefit of individuals’s tendency
to underestimate her and punctuates her unhealthy habits with flashes of darkish
humor. Readers will know they’re certainly being duped however will need to discover out
simply how far the deeply narcissistic Jane will go to keep up her rigorously
constructed veneer of humanity and bend these round her, particularly her
household, to her will. And revenge is a dish greatest served chilly.

Delightfully depraved enjoyable.

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