When Emily asks Stephanie for the simple favor of picking up
her son at school one day, Stephanie is happy to do it.
After all, Emily's son, Nicky, and Stephanie's son, Miles,
are best friends. So are Stephanie and Emily, for that
matter. This simple favor is not one that has not been
requested in the past so it is not surprising.
Stephanie picks up both boys at school that afternoon and
all seems normal. At least until Emily does not show up to
As it turns out, Emily seems to have completely vanished
from the earth. A distraught Stephanie reaches out to
Emily's husband and together they try to find Emily. The two
are both devastated when Emily's body is found. It seems
that Emily is dead.
Or is she?
A SIMPLE FAVOR is one of the most enthralling books I have
ever read. It is filled with twists and turns that will make
your head spin. Just when you think you have it figured out,
you find out that you could not be more wrong. Making things
even more tense and suspenseful is the fact that Emily has
been hiding lots of secrets from her husband and her best
friend. These are dangerous secrets that hold the key to her
fate and have been kept for many years.
If you begin to read A SIMPLE FAVOR at night, be sure that
you have plenty of lights on and close your blinds or
curtains. Doing those things might make you feel a little
safer as you read. A SIMPLE FAVOR is a must read. The
characters are all pretty three dimensional and you can
almost see them acting out each scene right in your home.
Filled with suspense, tension, mystery and even a little
romance thrown in, A SIMPLE FAVOR must have a prominent
place on your To Read List. You will not be sorry as this
one has an ending that will make your hair stand on end.
"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
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.