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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

A Simple Favor Book Review

A Simple Favor

Title:  A Simple Favor
Series: a novel
Author: Darcey Bell
Where to purchase: Amazon
Print Length: 352 pages/ 9 hours
Publication Date: March 9th, 2017
Publisher: Pan Macmillan and  HarperAudio
Edition: I listened to the audiobook version on Hoopla with my library card
Genre: mystery, thriller, suspense, psychological 

BOOK LINKS: Goodreads | AmazonAudible | 


A Simple Favour is a twisting free-fall ride filled with betrayal, reversal, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty. Darcey Bell ratchets up the tension in a taut, unsettling, and completely absorbing thriller that holds you in its grip until the final page.

It starts with a simple favour - an ordinary kindness mothers do for one another.

When her best friend, Emily, asks Stephanie to pick up her son from school she happily says yes.
Their children are classmates and best friends. And five-year-olds love being together - just like she and Emily. As a widow and stay-at-home blogger mum living in suburban Connecticut, Stephanie was lonely until she met Emily, a glamorous and successful PR executive.

The trouble is that Emily doesn't come back. No matter what the police say, Stephanie knows that she would never leave her son. Terrified, she reaches out to her fellow mummy bloggers.

And she also reaches out to Emily's husband - just to offer her support.

What Stephanie hasn't shared is the secrets buried in a murky past.

Main Characters

  • Stephanie- widowed stay-at-home mommy blogger
  • Emily- successful fashion executive
  • Sean- Emily's busy British husband


Told in three parts by the main characters. The book starts off with a little back story on how Stephanie met her glamorous best friend Emily through their sons and progresses through Stephanie's blog posts and diary after Emily's disappearance. The last time Stephanie heard from Emily she was asked a simple favor: to pick up Emily's son from school and keep him over one night because both Emily and her husband, Sean, were traveling for work. One night turned into a week and the discovery that Emily was missing and later found dead. Stephanie and Sean grow close over their mutual grief, turning into an affair.


suburban Connecticut over the course of about a year. 


You can never truly know someone, and being nice has a cost.

What did I like about the book?

I'm seeing trailers for the upcoming movie A Simple Favor everywhere and knew I needed to get my hands on the book. I'm all about psychological thrillers this year and this book did not disappoint. The second part of the book is told from Emily's perspective of the same events and back story of her restless life. I recently binge watched all of Jane the Virgin and seriously most of the shocking telenovela twists were used but its okay I enjoyed listening to the narrators until part 3. 

What did I not like about the book?

I don't like how genuine Stephanie seems to be and how the other characters are such big users that grossly dislike her. Emily sees Stephanie as weak. Sean referring to Stephanie as puppy like, eager to please. Just, ugh. I was a little shocked with how quickly they all turn on each other.

Date Started/Finished : September 7th-8th, 2018

Recommend? yes

Do you like reading books turned into movies? Do you like psychological thrillers? Are you okay with a book not having a happily ever after? If yes, this book is for you.

Rating: 4/*****
based off Goodreads' ratings: 4 stars – really liked it, really enjoyable


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