A Simple Favor

By Darcey Bell

A Simple Favor - Darcey Bell
  • Release Date: 2017-03-21
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 1,826 Ratings


Soon to be a major motion picture from Lionsgate starring Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively and Henry Golding, and directed by Paul Feig

"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.


  • What!

    By Bean!12345
    I did not like the ending at all??? Is there going to be a sequel, then it would be ok.
  • Terrible Ending&Drawn out plot

    By BookWormANBD
    Not 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.
  • A Simple Favor

    By 6161maui
    Pretty good until the end. The book ends stupid.
  • Better than the movie!

    By Hardcore Book Lover
    This book was a great read! I’d definitely recommend it and couldn’t wait to watch it on the big screen.
  • Couldn’t put it down, bad ending

    By ashclcr
    The 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.
  • Don’t waste your time and money

    By Fyfugufd
    I’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.
  • Dfd gb

    By mbacyyuuc
    Roadrunner the state tax
  • Not like the movie

    By ryne95
    I 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!
  • A must read

    By Ceci bee
    Wonderful 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.
  • Poor ending

    By isingjazz
    The 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...