A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell
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.
Okay. So I happened to stumble upon the trailer for the movie starring Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick on Youtube and I was like, “Oh this look like some shit that would be on Lifetime…..I must see it!” The movie comes out in September (I think the 14th) and I will be seeing it!!
Then I get on Twitter and my friend Trisha is listening to the audiobook. I had no idea it was a book but naturally I have to read it before watching so I used my Audible credit for it.
So let’s get into this craziness.
Of course the crazy had to start early and ooh let me tell you…. this is definitely some Lifetime shit.
Why is this bitch sleeping with her half brother? When the “chemistry” between them started getting mentioned I’m like, “no they won’t do that.” They’re related. Actual siblings. No. Well they did it. A lot apparently and even had a fucking baby together. For some reason it didn’t occur to me at first that he was their kid but wow.
Anyway, I really fucking hate Stephanie. Aside from the fact that she’s fucking her brother and cheating on her husband, she just annoys me. Like, if my best friend went missing, I wouldn’t think about screwing her husband. That’s weird. Why is she like this?
Sean is also trash. He was kind of just there and I don’t feel that he was necessary to the story really. More like just a pawn for Emily.
Speaking of Emily, this chick is another level of manipulative. First, let me say that I kind of feel like the author made it super obvious that she was a twin. It’s mentioned like twice in the very beginning and is obvious foreshadowing. So when Evelyn comes in I was not at all surprised.
One thing I think is weird though is how they report Emily missing and the cops are just like “oh whatever. She’ll turn up.” I feel like they just didn’t try……at all.
I have to admit that the ending was a little underwhelming. I thought Emily was really going fuck some shit up, maybe kill Stephanie and Sean. I definitely didn’t think she would turn her against him. Also, when her ring was found after she killed the insurance guy, I thought she would react irrationally and do something dramatic but I guess she kind of just slips away.
I love multiple perspectives so I liked that each character had a different voice actor. Like with most audiobooks, I sped it up a little but this was a good read. It’s got sort of a Gone Girl vibe so if you liked that, you’ll enjoy this.