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
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense, Mystery Thriller, Psychological Thriller, Adult, Crime, Adult Fiction, 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'...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Ειρήνη Βαρδάκη
    Ένα δυνατό ψυχογράφημα. Σκοτεινό και διαστροφικό. Πολλές φορές οι δαίμονες είναι άνθρωποι της διπλανής πόρτας. Σίγουρα σοκάρει.
  • Katherine
    ”’Do you think real people would ever do things like that?’‘Sweet Stephanie. You’d be amazed by what people will do. Things they’d never admit to anyone- not even themselves.’” Synopsis:A mommy blogger with an obsession with veggie burgers decides to half-heartedly play Nancy Drew when her best friend goes missing, and chaos ensues. Pros: We Are What We Blog… Or Are We?- The one lone positive thing I can say about this book is t...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • Chrissa Vasileiou
    Η άποψή μου για το βιβλίο στο site "Book City": Μια μικρή χάρη
  • 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...
  • Vera Brandão
    3,5Vale pelo ritmo frenético da história e as personagens f***ed up que tanto admirohttp://verovsky-meninadospoliciais.bl...
  • Lisa
    I liked how this was written with blog posts. I wish we had a bit more of that. I found that to be quite clever. The plot demands that you suspend a major amount of disbelief, but I think it's worth it. It was fresh and fast and very readable. A strong 3 star book.
  • 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.
  • Lisa Houston
    Enjoyed this book. But found it quite long winded at times and because of that it seemed to take forever to read. Definately not a book you could sit and read for ages. Good plot and interesting characters, just felt seeing from everyones points of view dragged it on to much
  • Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
    Μια μικρή χάρη... Πόσα πράγματα, άραγε, σ' αυτή τη ζωή, μικρά ή μεγάλα, δεν ξεκινάνε απ' αυτή τη μικρή φράση, συνοδευόμενη πάντοτε από μια παράκληση, που αν και μπορεί να φαντάζει αθώα με μια πρώτη ματιά, στην πραγματικότητα ίσως να κρύβει μέσα της αλή...
  • 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...
  • Tracy
    I'm all over about this book. Ultimately, I thought the plot was intriguing, but I hated everyone in it. These people are crazy! If you don't care if you have empathy for anyone, but you really like good twists and turns and slowly learning characters' motivations, this one's for you.
  • Sam
    The first character you get to know in this book is - Stephanie, she is a widow, a mother, and a blogger, she blogs about 'mom' things. She befriends the mother of her sons friend, Emily. Emily has a high flying job in fashion and is married to Sean who works away.The pair spend time together, and because Stephanie doesn't work she cares for Emily's son after school. Then one day, Emily doesn't return to collect her son. Sean comes on to the scen...
  • Natalie
    Δε με ενθουσιασε...το βρηκα καπως προβλεψιμο και οτι σε ορισμενα σημεια εκανε "κοιλια"...
  • Dee Ryan
    Centered around Stephanie; widowed blog writing super mother to Miles and her "BFF" Emily. Emily asks Stephanie for one simple favour pick up Nicky her little boy after school and mind him for a few hours....except Emily never comes back to collect her son. This book has everything murder, fraud, incest and three main charachters that you just want to slap. Emily...because she is just downright nasty, Stephanie with her simpering fake niceness an...
  • Ângela Costa
    3.5* Este livro não um thriller arrebatador daqueles que nos fica na memória, mas é um livro que agarra. Comecei por achá-lo bizarro, o que foi o suficiente para querer lê-lo com urgência. Dei comigo a ler com um só olho aberto, foi "sono vs curiosidade". É um thriller simples, uma leitura leve, uma partilha de emoções e segredos das personagens com o leitor. Aconselho a leitura a quem tem gosto pela exploração da mente humana.
  • Judy Collins
    Review to follow. 3.5 Stars
  • Fabi
    Que livro fantástico! Sempre com reviravoltas espetaculares! Gostei muito!
  • DJ Sakata
    Favorite Quotes:She always wears the diamond and sapphire ring that Sean gave her when they got engaged. And because she moves her hands a lot when she talks, I think of the ring as a sparkling creature with a life of its own, like Tinker Bell flying out in front of Peter Pan and the Lost Boys.I remember wondering: What counts as an “emergency” in the fashion business? The buttonholes are too small? Someone sewed a zipper in backward?The comp...
  • SeaBook
    Lidi, tohle byla pecka.Tak skvěle vymyšlený, zpracovaný a působivý psychothriller jsem nějakou dobu nečetla. Autorka si vás skvěle omotá kolem prstu a zamotá s vámi tak, že i po dočtení se nebudete moci rozhodnout, kdo byl vlastně zlý a kdo dobrý... PERFEKTNÍ, rozhodně doporučuji! ♥Hodnocení: 4,5/5*
  • Amy
    Please do yourself a favor and don't waste your time on this. I can only describe it as a hot mess.