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A Simple Favour

3.22  ·  Rating details ·  25,489 ratings  ·  3,011 reviews
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
Paperback, 371 pages
Published September 6th 2018 by Pan (first published March 21st 2017)
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Mallory I was hoping there'd be one final twist revealed where Stephanie had lifted the ring off of Emily somehow and planted it in the car to frame both…moreI was hoping there'd be one final twist revealed where Stephanie had lifted the ring off of Emily somehow and planted it in the car to frame both Stephanie and the husband (blanking on his name) so they'd BOTH be arrested, and she'd start a new life with both boys like she'd mentioned wanting to do earlier in the book. I was disappointed this final turn never happened.(less)
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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?


Maybe the movie will be done right, but if this is the story they are working from...I just don't know. Stay tuned in September 2018.

In the meant
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 to change your mind about who is good and who is ba ...more
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 fine because she says she'll need to see her son after such a h
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.... comedy.

I don't know whether to keel over laughing
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 I wanted to scream every time Stephanie had page t
Feb 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: galley-copy
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)
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“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’m getting ahead of myself. The premise here is a friend asks a
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.. but it was quite boring to listen to. I honestly zo
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 Emily.

Stephanie didn't know where to turn except t
Amanda McGill
May 02, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
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. What could of made Emily go missing? Does Stephani
Ειρήνη Βαρδάκη
Ένα δυνατό ψυχογράφημα. Σκοτεινό και διαστροφικό. Πολλές φορές οι δαίμονες είναι άνθρωποι της διπλανής πόρτας. Σίγουρα σοκάρει.
I Feel I'm Reading Trash ???
Aug 10, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, hated-it
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Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
How 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 very start and it did not release its strong hold over
This book is messed up and everyone was an idiot. I hope they changed some things to make the movie worth seeing.
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 mother you are a different species. Her blog was
"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)
Sep 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 for days Stephanie starts to panic and uses her blog
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.
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
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 movie though because Blake Lively is bae and also it
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 possible psychological thriller scenario. You can not ...more
Leah Craig
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Jun 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: incomplete
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 you will probably know relatively soon if you can stomach it.

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' avatar, everything was so maddening. Most of all, he
Jen Ryland
Aug 22, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 a "mommy blogger"and the other a fashion executiv
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“You’d be amazed by what people will do. Things they’d never admit to anyone—not even to themselves.”
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This book was actually terrible. I don't even want to watch the movie anymore.

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 slightest.

At first, I liked Stephanie. Then I didn't. Sh
Vera Brandão
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leituras-2017

Vale pelo ritmo frenético da história e as personagens f***ed up que tanto admiro
Chrissa Vasileiou
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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Darcey Bell was born in 1981 and raised on a dairy farm in western Iowa. She is a preschool teacher in Chicago. A Simple Favor is her first novel.
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“You’d be amazed by what people will do. Things they’d never admit to anyone—not even to themselves.” 8 likes
“Some men lash out and leave marks, the black eyes and broken noses that send women to the emergency rooms and from there to the kindly social worker and the battered women’s shelter. But the real devils are the ones who hide the traces, who practice constant psychological abuse until the woman is all but destroyed.” 5 likes
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