Book Review Of ” A Simple Favor” By Darcey Bell @HarperPerennial

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. 

Thank you Harper Perennial for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Normally I don’t go for movie tie-in covers, but I saw this one, and since I love both actresses, and I loved the colors, I knew that I had to request this one, especially with how hyped up I am to see the movie. Needless to say, I could not wait to read it.

Wow, people are really hating on this book! I was scrolling through Goodreads reviews, and it’s getting torn apart. While I don’t agree with every review, I will say there are a few key points I agree with.

  1. Stephanie’s and Emily’s friendship seemed off, and the fact that Stephanie kept referring to her as her best-friend, when it appeared they didn’t really know each other for all that long.
  2.  I didn’t like the “Friendship” Between Stephanie and Sean (it was very unrealistic and progressed way too fast)
  3.  I didn’t feel like there was much character development, they didn’t really develop. It was like here is Stephanie, and here is Stephanie’s dark secret, Okay now here is Emily, and here are her secrets, oh and let’s give some insight to Sean. I don’t feel like they were developed seamlessly.
  4. Hated the ending

However, I did like a few things, which made the things I did not like seem bearable.

  1. I enjoy unreliable narrators, and this one had three of them.
  2.  I was blindsided by Stephanie’s deep dark secret.
  3.  I loved the real  Emily, she was my favorite of the three characters.
  4. I loved the build-up throughout the story, and the guessing game of where Stephanie was.
  5. Also, I am super impressed that an author landed a movie deal, with such a great cast, from her very first book.

I think what we are going to end up with here, is the movie is going to be better than the book. And that’s a real rarity. I did not hate this book, and I did not love it. I found it entertaining, and I really enjoyed it, up until the last few chapters. I am looking forward to seeing the movie, and seeing how it compares.

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