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A Simple Favour is a twisting free-fall ride filled with betrayal, reversal, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty. Darcey Bell ratchets up the tension in a taut, unsettling and completely absorbing thriller that holds you in its grip until the final minute.

It starts with a simple favour - an ordinary kindness mothers do for one another.

When her best friend, Emily, asks Stephanie to pick up her son from school, she happily says yes.

Their children are classmates and best friends. And five-year-olds love being together - just like she and Emily. As a widow and stay-at-home blogger mum living in suburban Connecticut, Stephanie was lonely until she met Emily, a glamorous and successful PR executive.

The trouble is that Emily doesn't come back. No matter what the police say, Stephanie knows that she would never leave her son. Terrified, she reaches out to her fellow mummy bloggers.

And she also reaches out to Emily's husband - just to offer her support.

What Stephanie hasn't shared are the secrets buried in a murky past.

©2017 HarperCollins Publishers US (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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Seriously cringy

I didn’t have an issue with the voice actors narrating this book – the bad review is really because this book sucks. I got it because the movie trailer based on it looked interesting. Big mistake. This book is not well-written. It’s overly descriptive for no reason. Something that I found very annoying was that on a number of occasions the author uses two unrelated catch-phrases that contradict each other in the same sentence. The characters are all annoying and flat. They all carry on, providing ridiculous, superfluous details that don’t make sense. I got halfway, and decided to return this book because my head was going to explode from rolling my eyes so much.

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  • Patricia
  • 10-11-18

BRILLIANT BOOK - SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE MOVIE

Although I enjoy US TV and Movies, I do sometimes find US narrated audio books off putting for some reason and find myself drawn in and engaged more by classic UK or Irish actors as narrators so this was a challenge for me as I really wanted to read this book ....... and I did get into it quite easily and found the Stephanie and Sean characters' narration excellent though I did not feel Emily's narrator was similarly well cast, as did not conjure up for me the glamorous. youthful character as described.
For anyone, like me who has a similar bias, I would encourage you to give it a go as I so enjoyed it and saw the movie when I had still a few chapters to go as I had heard the ending was very different. I did enjoy the movie though it was more or less a comedy cartoon version of the much darker and more subtle book.
I loved the linear storytelling and the three characters slightly overlapping on their version of events and thought that this and the plot were very well crafted and I very much enjoyed how the characters were revealed by the other characters' insight and opinions of them which allowed the reader to see beyond the way they present themselves to us in their chapters.
I loved the way the characters also confided the truth of events to the reader despite conflicting versions given to other characters which really kept the story twisting and turning. Indeed despite having seen the movie and having been gripped and enthralled by the story I simply had no idea how it would all end - and I much prefer the book's ending to the movie, though it was nice to have read/heard/seen both.
I highly recommend this clever, carefully crafted and intriguing character driven book. I read it right on the heels of Lethal White (which I loved also) by Robert Galbreith and although they are very different books I found them both absorbing, substantial and so well thought out - top quality reads that you can really get your teeth into and rattle along making one want to equally go slow to savour the journey while itching to unravel the next mystery and find out what the next unexpected roller coaster reveal will be.
There are so many sloppy and poorly written thrillers published these days, with plot holes you could ride an elephant though, ones with interesting premises which hook you in only to lose momentum or just have silly anticlimactic rip off reveals often that people were just off their meds and imagined a lot it . It really does make you wonder if Editors still exist in publishing as there is often so much repetition, glaring errors and simply terrible talentless writing. Similarly there are so many dreary kitchen sink drama murder mysteries with such drab characters leading such mundane and depressing lives that it is a real grind to follow their progress, but in complete contrast, this intelligently written story really sparkles and delights with uplifting glamour and panache like a flawless gem. Such a lovely treat after being disappointed so many times by the aforementioned grim genre.
I am so looking forward to reading/listening to the next Darcey Bell book and also will be exploring more of Patricia Highsmith's work as it is featured and I am guessing the author was inspired by her. Another positive thing is that I am now more open to try another US narrated audio book on the strength of this excellent mystery thriller.

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  • Jen IMO
  • 08-03-18

well performed mystery

I enjoyed the 3 narrators of this book and the many twists and turns within it. very well performed

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  • P. J. B. Preston
  • 10-14-18

Great book where aIhate the main characters.

Great multiple narrators.

The plot thickens and the protagonist becomes the antagonist.

Well worth the perspectives and what comes out of the woodwork.

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  • Kazia Fulmyk
  • 10-06-18

Not such a simple favour it would seem...

Cleverly written with great twists along the way that keep you guessing. A page turner!

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  • Kaoutar Habibi
  • 09-15-18

I’ll just say This ...

Stephanie is super dumb and desperate, Emily is Mischievous and smart but is she smart because people around her are dumb ??? Amazing book amazingly read really enjoyed it .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-30-18

A good read...

It was a good read, nothing too special as the girl goes missing-girl is found plot is a bit overused this days but I would definitely recommend it to someone that just wants to read something to relax.

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  • Paloma
  • 08-25-18

Really good performance and good story, not a fan of the ending though, I was expecting something more spectacular! but great overall.

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  • AK305
  • 07-29-18

Huge Disappointment

Meanders and squashes any potential it initially started out with. The performance by the voice actors is the only redeemable quality.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-02-18

Dreadful. Waste of a credit.

Can’t believe there was so much hype over this poorly written story. And the narrator who played Emily was quite difficult to understand at times.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-16-18

What? what was that?

Not a fan. Always waiting for the twist and it never came. There was nothing special about this book at all. Just awful.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-12-18

Bit of a let down

Loved the storyline, characters and where it was going. I really thought there was a big climax coming at the end but apparently not.

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  • Avid reader
  • 09-23-18

better than the movie

full of suspense. surprising twists. a bit of a strange ending... maybe a sequel coming

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-18

wouldn't listen again. but will see the movie!

started great. really drew me in. but found the ending neither here nor there. bit of a let down. I did enjoy it for the most part. was a shame that the end kind of fizzled out...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-18

Good listen

Enjoyable book. A bit predictable after gone girl and girl on the train, but still worth a listen if you like thrillers with strong female leads.

Ending could be better but hints at a potential sequel.

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