A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell Book Summary
"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. Don't miss the film version starring Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively and Henry Golding!
A Simple Favor (Darcey Bell) Book Reviews
Not like the movieI read this before the movie and love the characters, the plot, all the things that build up to an ending that just leaves you hanging. A million times better than the movie. The little details that are different change everything and create a great story versus an awful movie. Even if you like the movie, the book is a million times better!.Ryne95Score: 5/5
No endingI 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..MrscraftscatsScore: 3/5
Not worth itBought to read on a plane trip. Easy read, but incredibly predictable and flat characters. Maybe if you like reading about unaccountable, rich, bored people..No longer loyal minionScore: 2/5
Movie is way betterI had so much confusion with the book. I did not like Stephanie. She was so absurd and naive. The movie fixed a lot of things I wish the book did better. But the overall story was intriguing and i read straight through..LuvliLadiScore: 3/5
Great bookVery good book, and interesting. Not a big fan of the ending.Akassis19Score: 4/5
Easy readLoved this book for the simple fact it was straight forward, easy to read & kept me wanting more..Ambular254Score: 5/5
Poor endingThe book was such a great read until the ending. This could also be due to me stopping midway to go see the movie. I knew the movie ending would be a little different than the book but I felt like the whole book had this huge build up and the ending just fell flat. Maybe the author was leaving it open for a sequel but I wouldn’t be interested to read another good book with a flat line ending....IsingjazzScore: 3/5
Wish I’d skipped itThe 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..GuelcysScore: 1/5
A Simple FavorPretty good until the end. The book ends stupid..6161mauiScore: 4/5
Psychological thriller potential squandered in sloppy denouement.While beginning as a fun sociological study of two mothers and the very different lives they lead, the story takes a twist and pulls the reader down a path of promising intrigue that speaks to the desire to find acceptance in a community, the willingness to overlook the obvious and ultimately the draw to betrayal. There was a lot potential for this to be a great story, but as the author began to reveal plot points, a trove of holes in the logic were uncovered that made the experience more frustrating than exciting..FilmguyryanScore: 3/5
Starts slow, but picks up steamEach character tells their version of what happened. It starts slow and is written in a kind of child like style for one character and then in a grittier style for others. I don’t want to give too much away. The ending is stunning, if not a bit disappointing. Whatever you do, don’t watch the movie after you read it, because the movie does not follow the book..KeyskindagirlScore: 4/5
Thrilling but too wordyI did like it, but was too wordy with the blog.Seekbooks23Score: 3/5
A simple favor.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..Lynn, Hans pack leaderScore: 2/5
So badAbsolutely 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..Nattie720Score: 1/5
Huge DisappointmentI 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..Tee-TaaScore: 1/5
I need to know what happensWhat kind of ending is that?! Just as I was on the edge of my seat BOOM an excerpt from another book WHAT THE HELL? Is there a part 2?!.Wendy 🥀Score: 3/5
Feeling incompleteI watched the movie first and then discovered there was a book and I have to say I much more enjoyed the movie. It moved faster and the plot played out much sooner and there was an ending whereas this was a cliffhanger and just ended feeling incomplete..LaphalotScore: 3/5
A simple favorThis 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..Happygirl!!!!Score: 1/5
Good bookGood book.Lady bird 10Score: 5/5
Predictable and poorly writtenThis 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..Jaj5003Score: 1/5
Uh... where’s the ending?!This book was an attention-grabber right from the beginning. It did take a little getting use to, as it’s written like a journal, almost. There were some details that really didn’t need to be added, as they didn’t affect the storyline at all and seemed to be unnecessary. But the story itself was good. The only thing it was missing was an ending. There was no ending. At all. The author DID do a great job of making the personalities of the three characters seem authentically different, it really seemed like it was three people and not just one person writing three parts. I bought this book because I wanted to read it before watching the movie, but now that I’ve finished the book, I don’t necessarily want to watch the movie. Mainly because of the lack of a closure..HaughtMamaScore: 4/5
A Simple FavorUndeveloped characters, thin and obvious plot, no climax, and then it just ended, without any resolution..The Cheer Bow LadyScore: 3/5
Dfd gbRoadrunner the state tax.MbacyyuucScore: 5/5
Couldn’t put it down, bad endingThe author does a great job of taking you through the twisted plot. I spent two days emotionally invested in the characters but that slowly diminished toward the end. Literally no one had my vote and it was so disappointing. I was hoping for more closure and a better “big reveal”. Interesting psychological thriller..AshclcrScore: 4/5
Must read!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..GinuserScore: 5/5
Don’t waste your time and moneyI’m glad I waited to buy this book until after the hype of the movie died down. I feel better about paying $2.99 for a terrible/weird book as opposed to the $12.99 that it was several months ago. The characters were awful, especially Stephanie. OMG, she was so obnoxious that it almost made the book too unbearable to finish. Just save your money. This book was so disappointing..FyfugufdScore: 2/5
A must readWonderful reading, great plot. Couldn’t stop reading, finished in 48 hours. Didn’t enjoy the movie very much though, the book is definitely better! Highly recommend..Ceci beeScore: 5/5
Free but shortGood characters and storyline..Claudiator2Score: 4/5
Really good ReadCan’t wait to see the movie now!.Metal MsScore: 4/5
ملاحظةملاحظة.[email protected]Score: 1/5
A Simple FavorThis book was crazy and intriguing. I loved how the plot twist kept changing. I. Had a hard time putting down because I was so excited about what would happen next. I was however very disappointed with the ending..Sam doorsScore: 3/5
The truth that liesThe ending was a total let down..Be980011Score: 2/5
What!I did not like the ending at all??? Is there going to be a sequel, then it would be ok..Bean!12345Score: 3/5
😳Whoa! This book was intense. It took me only a couple of days to read. I can’t wait for the movie..KKishonScore: 5/5
Waste of timeWhat a bunch of idiotic characters. Stephanie is dumbest. What a waste of time..LdknlaScore: 1/5
Not a tough readAlthough it was a nice easy read the weird and desperate plot twist leave you few cheated. “It was her twin” jumped the shark!.VictoriaantoriaScore: 3/5
Great bookThis was a great book, I couldn’t put it down. Highly recommend!.BeckyW/TheGoodHairScore: 5/5
Better than the movie!This book was a great read! I’d definitely recommend it and couldn’t wait to watch it on the big screen..Hardcore Book LoverScore: 5/5
Great Book!I started reading last night and finished tonight. It was so good I couldn’t put it down!.LilsusiebScore: 5/5
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HorribleThis book has a horrible dark and twisted plot. The women in this book are the example of why the metoo movement is a so concerning. Women can be evil, manipulating, controlling, and conniving and will stop at nothing to be the dominant powerful sex..Miimac7Score: 1/5
Good title/The beginning of the book is captivating, but begins to be predictable. The ending leaves a lot to be desired. The first 2/3 is good..T- readerScore: 3/5
Wonderful read!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!!.SoonToBeMrs!Score: 5/5
Terrible Ending&Drawn out plotNot recommended! The ending was terrible and the plot had large gaping holes while also being horribly predictable. Spark notes version will save you time and money if you’re still interested..BookWormANBDScore: 1/5
Great book!!I couldn’t wait for the movie to come out, so I decided to read the book and I couldn’t put it down!!! What a great ending!! It was one of those “OMG” moment!! I’m still going to go see the movie when it opens on 14 Sept!!! I want to compare the book and the actual movie!! I can’t wait!!.PoohpotScore: 5/5
A Simple FavorThe ending sucked.. maybe there is a sequel.Renney73Score: 4/5
A Simple FavorI expected a better ending to the book..Ard8914Score: 3/5
Until the EndThis 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.....CUAP21Score: 3/5
Worst ending ever - just cuts offOne of those books you put all your time into reading in hopes that it will all tie together in the end and then it just cuts off. No answers, no ending. The woman commits crimes - including murder -with the intelligence and grace of an emotional teenager and its implied at the end that she simply suggests it’s someone else and gets away with it? Stupid. Spent 3 days reading that I’ll never get back..AdgjufvjjScore: 1/5
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