A Simple Favor - Darcey Bell

A Simple Favor

By Darcey Bell

  • Release Date: 2017-03-21
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
4
From 654 Ratings

Description

Soon to be a major motion picture from Lionsgate starring Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively and Henry Golding, and directed by Paul Feig

"Riveting and brilliantly structured, A Simple Favor is an edge-of-your seat domestic thriller about a missing wife and mother that relies on a rotating cast of unreliable narrators to ingeniously examine the cost of competitive mom-friends, the toll of ordinary marital discontent and the fallacy of the picture-perfect, suburban family."—Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author

She’s your best friend.

She knows all your secrets.

That’s why she’s so dangerous.

A single mother's life is turned upside down when her best friend vanishes in this chilling debut thriller in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.

It starts with a simple favor—an ordinary kindness mothers do for one another. When her best friend, Emily, asks Stephanie to pick up her son Nicky after school, she happily says yes. Nicky and her son, Miles, are classmates and best friends, and the five-year-olds love being together—just like she and Emily. A widow and stay-at-home mommy blogger living in woodsy suburban Connecticut, Stephanie was lonely until she met Emily, a sophisticated PR executive whose job in Manhattan demands so much of her time.

But Emily doesn’t come back. She doesn’t answer calls or return texts. Stephanie knows something is terribly wrong—Emily would never leave Nicky, no matter what the police say. Terrified, she reaches out to her blog readers for help. She also reaches out to Emily’s husband, the handsome, reticent Sean, offering emotional support. It’s the least she can do for her best friend. Then, she and Sean receive shocking news. Emily is dead. The nightmare of her disappearance is over.

Or is it? Because soon, Stephanie will begin to see that nothing—not friendship, love, or even an ordinary favor—is as simple as it seems.

A Simple Favor is a remarkable tale of psychological suspense—a clever and twisting free-fall of a ride filled with betrayals and reversals, twists and turns, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty, murder and revenge. Darcey Bell masterfully ratchets up the tension in a taut, unsettling, and completely absorbing story that holds you in its grip until the final page.

Reviews

  • So bad

    1
    By Nattie720
    Absolutely horrible. Hated all the characters. I found it very disturbing. The ending just left us hanging after wasting our time reading this awful book. No clue how this became a move, don’t waste your time reading this, it was just plan bad.
  • A simple favor.

    2
    By Lynn, Hans pack leader
    I believe this author has potential in a big way. However it seemed they got bored which the story line and I walked away at the end feeling I had been set up for a second book. Something like “ and here’s the rest of the story. “ book two $10.99. Or perhaps she just couldn’t find a way to wrap it up that would be at least as believable as the first half had been. I felt a little cheated for my time and my thoughts and my money. But she has writing skills enough to keep me reading all the way to the slightly disappointing ending. I will look for the author again and hope I am not disappointed. Lynn Holmes.
  • Must read!

    5
    By Ginuser
    I couldn't put this book down. With so many unexpected twists, this book was definitely one of the best I have read in a while. Would recommend to anyone looking for a suspenseful thriller to read. Look forward to seeing more from this author.
  • Great book

    5
    By BeckyW/TheGoodHair
    This was a great book, I couldn’t put it down. Highly recommend!
  • Predictable and poorly written

    1
    By Jaj5003
    This book was so contrived and the writing was poor and ineffective. The characters are flat. I am surprised this is so popular and disappointed I read it.
  • Really good Read

    4
    By Metal Ms
    Can’t wait to see the movie now!
  • Waste of time

    1
    By ldknla
    What a bunch of idiotic characters. Stephanie is dumbest. What a waste of time.
  • A Simple Favor

    3
    By ard8914
    I expected a better ending to the book.
  • Until the End

    3
    By CUAP21
    This was a great book until the end - what a boring ending for a suspenseful book. I guess it left itself open for interpretation or imagination (or maybe a sequel) but really not a great ending. The ending the the movie however was significantly worse, so there is that....
  • A Simple Favor

    3
    By The Cheer Bow Lady
    Undeveloped characters, thin and obvious plot, no climax, and then it just ended, without any resolution.