An excerpt of The Favorite Sister, the second novel by New York Times bestselling author Jessica Knoll ’06, appeared on EW.com this month.
Knoll’s first novel Luckiest Girl Alive, the best-selling debut of 2015, was hailed by critics as a “dark, twisty” thriller whose “razor-sharp writing” and “propulsive prose” (EW) drew comparisons to Gone Girl but was distinguished by its “humor, cultural insight, and thematic heft” (Alissa Nutting, author of Tampa).
With her follow up, slated for publication in May 2018, Knoll has written what her publisher calls “a blisteringly paced thriller starring competitive sisters whose dark secrets and lies result in murder when they sign onto a reality TV show…[The Favorite Sister] explores the invisible barriers that prevent women from rising up the ranks in today’s America — and offers a scathing take on the oft-lionized bonds of sisterhood, and the relentless pressure to stay young, relevant, and salable.”
The rights to Luckiest Girl Alive were acquired prior to publication by Lionsgate Films, with Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea producing through Pacific Standard Films.
An Arts Scholar at HWS, Knoll majored in English with a concentration in creative writing. After graduation, she worked at a talent and literary agency in New York and has been a senior editor at Cosmopolitan and the articles editor at Self. She grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and graduated from The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pa. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and her bulldog, Beatrice.