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The Favourite

A razor-sharp suspense novel that will stay with you long after the final page

Rosemary Hennigan



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01 December 2023
"'WOW! If this isn't a book to brag about I don't know what is... I started The Favourite late last night. Never did I anticipate I would be closing the book at 3am left in complete shock... This book was insane! It was twisted, it was heart-breaking but it was so darn good! A must-read... I strongly encourage you to pre-order this book!' NetGalley Reviewer

She'll be his favourite, and his downfall...

Jessica Mooney seems like any other student at her university. She's talented, driven, and looks set to be this year's 'favourite' in charismatic Professor Crane's Law and Literature class. But unlike the other students competing for his good opinion, Jessica isn't what she seems. She's carrying a dark secret.

Her sister is dead.

Crane's to blame.

And she's the only one who can bring him to justice.

Will Jessica be able to get the answers and justice she seeks, or will her search for revenge destroy her first?

The Favourite is a razor-sharp exploration of power and identity that asks the question: what do you do when there is a vast difference between what is right and what is legal?

Read what everyone is saying about The Favourite:

""I so enjoyed The Favourite! It had such an evocative academic atmosphere... felt very original... Beautifully done... brilliant foreshadowing... A truly propulsive read that I ended up gobbling up in one sitting, desperate to discover Crane's fate. Bravo."" Heather Darwent, author of instant Sunday Times bestseller, The Things We Do to our Friends

""A riveting, surprising thriller that contains much more at its heart... Gripping, emotional... I raced through this in an evening, swept along by the tense, pacy narrative and eager to spend more time with the author's intricate meditations on the intersections of morality, power, and vengeance."" Kate Collins, New York Times bestselling author

""The Favourite is dark academia at its best. A tale of revenge gone wrong, toxic relationships, power imbalances, and the meaning of consent. It's a page-turning, gripping novel that I absolutely devoured."" Disha Bose, author of Irish Times bestseller Dirty Laundry"

Imprint:   Orion
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   360g
ISBN:   9781398718449
ISBN 10:   1398718440
Pages:   288
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Rosemary is an Irish author who lives in Dublin. She studied Law at Trinity College Dublin, as well as the University of Pennsylvania, and is a Fulbright Scholar. She practiced as a solicitor, first in corporate law, before moving into the NGO sector. She has worked in advocacy for a number of charities focused on asylum and homelessness. She was shortlisted for the Benedict Kiely Short Story Competition and longlisted for the Colm Toibin Short Story Competition.

Reviews for The Favourite: A razor-sharp suspense novel that will stay with you long after the final page

'Juicy and dark... a standout dark academia thriller, with shades of Donna Tartt's modern classic The Secret History and Emerald Fennell's revenge fantasy film Promising Young Woman... Jessica is a firecracker of a protagonist... Thanks to Hennigan's strong voice and full embrace of the bumpy, twisty nature of retribution and revenge, The Favourite positively sings.' * BookPage * [Hennigan] brilliantly weaves an enraging and all too familiar narrative that spotlights the systemic disregard of women and the dismissal of sexual violence * Shondaland * Hennigan's law degree is evident in her eloquent depictions of classroom discussions and her thoughtful meditations on justice. Readers will devour this satisfying tale of vengeance * Publisher's Weekly * [A]n engaging thriller that entertains while it explores toxic relationships and abuse of power in a prestigious academic setting * Booklist *

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