A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell

A Simple Favor

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, ...

Details A Simple Favor

TitleA Simple Favor
Release DateMar 21st, 2017
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Suspense, Audiobook

Reviews A Simple Favor

  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    The only nice thing I can say about this convoluted, ridiculous and BORING hella long novel is that the author, Darcey Bell, is one lucky person. How she managed to get this stinker of a book sold for movie rights is beyond me. Maybe to the Lifetime channel, but MAJOR MOTION PICTURE starring Blake Lively, Anna Kendrick and Rupert Friend? Unbelievable. Maybe the movie will be done right, but if this is the story they are working from...I just don'...
  • Michele Jacobsen
    Okay....unreliable narrators (three of them, variously 1st POV throughout the novel), faked deaths, crappy marriages, incest, hidden siblings, etc should have made this book better than it actually was. In a nutshell, the story is about two best friends and one (or both?) of them is ala Gone Girl treacherous. It's got a very fast-moving plot and lots of "revelations" in which the reader is constantly presented with new information that is meant t...
  • Laura
    After the movie ended, I asked Emily, “Do you think real people would ever do things like that?”Emily laughed. “Sweet Stephanie. You’d be amazed by what people will do. Things they’d never admit to anyone - not even to themselves.” It all begins with a simple favor. You are asked to pick up your best friend's son from school when an emergency at work arises. It all makes sense anyway because your sons are best friends too. It'll be fi...
  • Katherine
    9/12/18: How a book this atrocious managed to get optioned for a film, find a director/cast for the film, and actually be made into a film that's going to be released this week in under a year from its publication date is something that will never cease to amaze me.The Lord works in mysterious ways.And to further add a cherry to this sundae, the summary for this film (directed by Paul Feig, for crying out loud), is labeling this as a neo-noir.......
  • Dylan
    1 star.The only reason I read this was because I wanted to see the movie starring Anna Kendrick, which is coming out this fall, but after reading this I'm not quite sure I want to watch it anymore. First off, I HATED ALL OF THESE CHARACTERS. Sure, I'm fine with some likeable characters, but with a story that's as big of high stakes as this, you need to be able to root for someone, but I was honestly rooting for the "villain" of the story because ...
  • Jennifer
    Enough of a knock-off of "Gone Girl" to be annoying, and with enough additional, bizarre elements (incest? Really?) to also be annoying. Pass.
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/WARNING: SPOILAGE APLENTY “You’d be amazed by what people will do. Things they’d never admit to anyone—not even to themselves.” Okay, no one is amaaaaaazed by what people will do anymore. Especially in a myster/thriller. Double especially when that mystery/thriller is actually “the next Gone Girl” and when it was released Gillian Flynn was probably all like . . . . But I...
  • Alaina Meserole
    Reminded me of Gone Girl, and I hated that book.Okay before I go into this review, I just wanted to say that when I saw the movie trailer for this I honestly wanted to read the book. I mean my love for Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick definitely intrigued me to dive into this before I go see the movie. However, after reading this.. I'll probably save my money and wait for it to come out on TV. Or Amazon.A Simple Favor had an interesting concept.. b...
  • Amanda McGill
    I'm surprised by my 1 star rating, but reflecting upon the plot this morning, I realized that I didn't like the book at all. It was filled with unlikable characters and the plot was pretty weak if you remove all the fluff surrounding it. Stephanie and Emily are best friends. Emily asked Stephanie one day to pick up her son after school, but then Stephanie doesn't hear anything else from Emily. A search is underway, but Emily is found to be dead. ...
  • Ειρήνη Βαρδάκη
    Ένα δυνατό ψυχογράφημα. Σκοτεινό και διαστροφικό. Πολλές φορές οι δαίμονες είναι άνθρωποι της διπλανής πόρτας. Σίγουρα σοκάρει.
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    Mothers, Friends, Secrets....Stephanie and Emily were mothers, they were friends, and they both had secrets even though they thought they knew each other better than they knew themselves.A SIMPLE FAVOR begins when Stephanie keeps Emily's son, Nicky, after school because Emily is going to be late. But...after school turns into overnight, then after school turns into another day and another night, and then yet another day and another night with no ...
  • Alli
    Someone REALLY wanted to write the next Gone Girl but didn’t have the talent. I picked this up because the movie looks SO good, but the only explanation is that they have completely changed and re-edited the story. Maybe they’ll have all the same names, maybe similar situations, but the actresses they got to portray these two women suggest that the script is NOTHING like this mess of a novel. This whole thing is full of huge spoilers from thi...
  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.comHow can a simple favour of picking up your best friend’s son from school go so terribly wrong? This is the scenario debut novelist Darcey Bell explores in her pulse pounding psychological suspense novel, A Simple Favour.Touted as a Gone Girl/Girl on the Train offshoot, A Simple Favour stands out on its own. A Simple Favour is a dark and twisted psychological suspense tale. This one reeled me in from the ver...
  • Brandie
    This book is messed up and everyone was an idiot. I hope they changed some things to make the movie worth seeing.
  • Stephanie
    I really need to not read books that are described as good for fans of Gone Girl, since I was not a fan of Gone Girl. A nasty woman disappears after asking her weak-willed "best friend" to take care of her child after school. A body is later found, the nasty woman is declared and thought by all to be dead, but then the friend starts to have her suspicions.I was so annoyed with Stephanie- the way she talked about moms and to moms like if you are a...
  • Jennifer
    "Here's to moms and good friends." A Simple Favor has a whole lot going on and the writing directs your attention in various directions that quite confused me when all was said and done. No, I wasn't confused by the truth but I was confused why I was led astray in Part I. (view spoiler)[For real, it is painfully set up as if Emily and Stephanie are the components of a multiple personality disorder. I almost DNF'd because I viewed it as offensiv...
  • Ken
    From the outset I should mention that I’m a big Anna Kendrick fan, so when I first saw the trailer for the movie I instantly wanted to see it.I felt that once you know all the surprises in this mystery thriller it would impact the reading experience, so quickly ordered a copy of the book first.The story opens with Stephanie a blogger who is asked by her friend Emily the simple favour of picking her son up from school.Having not heard from her f...
  • Mel
    This was honestly as terrible as the overall rating and reviews make it out to be. The characters are horrendous, whiny, and annoying. The writing it appalling. The plot is SO Gone Girl that this book should honestly just be called Gone Girl, since very little is different.The only reason I'm giving this an added star is because legit I couldn't stop reading, until I realized I wanted to be reading anything else instead. Still gonna watch the mov...
  • Anuradha
    This is by far one of the worst books I've read. The characters are horrible - either evil and vile or such ridiculous doormats, I want to slam their faces into something. I read the book because I saw the trailer for the movie, and I can say, with conviction, I will never watch the movie. Ever. I don't want to waste any more time elaborating on this steaming pile of horseshit.
  • Leah Craig
    I’m torn on this one. I think I kinda liked it? But I know I also kinda hated it. I picked this up because of my large and eternal girl crush on Blake Lively. When I heard she was going to be in the movie adaption, I was all over this. I’m still really excited to see Blake play the part of Emily. I just wish the story was a bit... well, better. First off, we figure out Emily’s true nature way too early on, in my opinion. It kind of killed t...
  • KC
    I would like to thank Edelweiss, Harper Collins, and Darcy Bell for the advanced digital copy in exchange for an honest review. Stephanie, a widow with a sordid past, and Emily, a seemingly happily married woman, each have 5 year old sons who happen to be best friends. The two women appear to be best friends as well. One day, Emily asks Stephanie for a simple favor. From that moment on this story flip flops back and forth and in and out every pos...
  • Nattie
    I wouldn't recommend this book to a flea, if a flea could read. I hated the blog chapters. They came across as phony and like Stephanie was talking to herself instead of her supposedly loyal followers, and if she had said moms one more time...The other chapters featuring Stephanie were a little better but not much. I thought a lot of the material was tacky and not something I wanted to continue reading.
  • Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
    Book lovers rarely say they love the movie more than the book, as there are always a bit of changes made. Let’s hope for this movie’s sake – which I have to see now – that they made lots and lots of changes.If it wasn’t for book club I would have tossed this book into the ocean during my vacation (although I would never litter, just being dramatic.) It wasn’t too far into the book when I felt this way, so if you want to give it a go y...
  • peachygirl
    When I watched the trailer of this movie with a redhead Blake Lively, all shrouded in mystery and intrigue, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book!But every time Stephanie went 'Hi moms' on her stupid blog I wanted to kill her. God, she deserved to be the "fish". Her affair with her half brother, their kid, her constant ramblings about how she missed her husband whom she cheated on for the better part of their marriage, her 'captain mom' av...
  • Jen Ryland
    So thanks to a friend and fellow Jen I was compelled to finish this but that was time I will never get back. Blah writing, flat characters, with a few random gratuitous happenings (I can't even call them twists) tossed in there like sad, soggy raisins in a bowl of watery oatmeal. My opinion back in March:Stopping at 53%.This book was a Gone Girl/Girl On the Train wannabe but to me was just ridiculous and annoying. Two characters, one a parody of...
  • Erin ღYour YA Readerღ
    🍪🍪2 Cookies“You’d be amazed by what people will do. Things they’d never admit to anyone—not even to themselves.”my blogThis book was actually terrible. I don't even want to watch the movie anymore. Story: The story follows a girl named Stephanie and her friend that recently disappeared. The story is sloppy and I cannot stand how predictable every twist was. Some things that were suppose to surprise me weren't surprising in the sli...
  • Leon Enciso
    4,5(view spoiler)[Debo de admitir que el final me decepciono un poquito. Esperaba que Stephanie planeara lo del anillo para incriminar a Emily. Hubiera sido un muy buen giro, que compensaría lo idiota y crédula que se comporto al final. XD (hide spoiler)]
  • Vera Brandão
    3,5Vale pelo ritmo frenético da história e as personagens f***ed up que tanto admirohttp://verovsky-meninadospoliciais.bl...
  • Chrissa Vasileiou
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  • Judy Collins
    I listened to A SIMPLE FAVOR audiobook last year, a debut thriller novel by Darcey Bell. At the time I had a lot going on and never had the time to write my review. I decided to go back and re-listen to the audiobook. (currently listening). I am looking forward to the movie coming out Sept 14, 2018 (my birthday)! Love the new book cover and movie-tie-in. Reminds me of Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding (loved). "A single mother's life is turned ups...