A Simple Favor - Darcey Bell

A Simple Favor

By Darcey Bell

  • Release Date: 2017-03-21
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 412 Ratings


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.


  • A simple favor

    By Happygirl!!!!
    This was one of the stupidest books I have ever read. Made absolutely no sense and there wasn’t one character (except the kids) that I could ever relate to.
  • No ending

    By Mrscraftscats
    I couldn’t believe the ending-there wasnt one. All that suspenseful buildup and then the ending fell completely flat with absolutely no closure for any of the issues or characters. Very disappointed.
  • Thrilling but too wordy

    By seekbooks23
    I did like it, but was too wordy with the blog
  • Wonderful read!

    By SoonToBeMrs!
    I bought this book yesterday afternoon and could NOT put it down. Every chance I got, I was reading it. I'm always one to figure out certain twists to stories. Some I could, some I couldn't with this one. Either way, it was well written and I enjoyed it overall. I'm so excited to see the movie!!
  • Great Book!

    By lilsusieb
    I started reading last night and finished tonight. It was so good I couldn’t put it down!
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  • Not worth it

    By No longer loyal minion
    Bought to read on a plane trip. Easy read, but incredibly predictable and flat characters. Maybe if you like reading about unaccountable, rich, bored people.
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  • Wish I’d skipped it

    By Guelcys
    The movie trailer looked interesting and I figured I’d read the book first since books are always better. Sadly I was wrong. Not a fan of the writing at all. The story was just blah and the ending was lame. I really disliked the characters. There was nothing of them to really like. Really disappointing in the plot and the writing as a whole.
  • Huge Disappointment

    By Tee-Taa
    I purchased and read this EBook based on buzz about the upcoming move and the incessant iTunes ads for it in my Twitter feed. I can honestly say it was one of the worst books I’ve read in a long time. The writing is simple, almost juvenile. The characters are flat. Facts, which the author probably intended to be surprises to the reader, were predictable. The ending was sudden and dissatisfying. I haven’t made a poor book choice in a while - guess I was due. No longer looking forward to the movie - but I certainly hope it’s better than the book.