Book Review for A SIMPLE FAVOR by Darcey Bell

A SIMPLE FAVOR by Darcey Bell
Highly Caffeinated Rating: ☕ ☕ ☕ ☕

With lies, mind games, and at times some sarcastic humor, A SIMPLE FAVOR is a domestic thriller that will keep on the edge of your seat while asking which one of these deeply flawed characters is telling the truth.


Bell’s debut novel intertwines the darkness that can lie within the human heart with a love for someone other than yourself. This element is played out through the entire novel in various forms, but it is the way that each of the characters deals with this that truly makes the book. This story is about Stephanie and Emily. It is about their pasts and their futures. It is about the secrets and lies each of them carry with them each day. It is these two women that will shock and captivate you within these pages. Though, I do have to admit, at times I wanted to smack Stephanie. But...I do realize that might have been the author''s intention. All in all, Bell laid it all out there in her debut novel and gave us a thrilling and suspenseful book. I cannot wait to see what is next from her.

For fans of GONE GIRL, this book will definitely be one that you will want to check out.

Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchance for an honest review.

A SIMPLE FAVOR by Darcey Bell

Plot Summary:

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.


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About the Author:

Darcey Bell was born in 1981 and raised on a dairy farm in western Iowa. She is a preschool teacher in Chicago. ASimple Favor is her first novel. Follow Darcey on Twitter.

Hardcover: 304 pages  • Publisher: Harper (March 21, 2017)
A copy of this book was provided by Harper and TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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