A Simple Favor (Hardcover)

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Stephanie blogs about the joys and challenges of motherhood and is equipped to do so as a widow and the stay-at-home single mom of five-year-old Miles. Emily, a high-power Manhattan executive in the fashion industry, is the wife of successful businessman Sean and mother to Nicky, who is Miles’ best friend in kindergarten. An unlikely twosome to form such a good friendship but they have, with Stephanie watching Nicky after school. Stephanie is in awe of Emily’s ability to juggle career and motherhood until one night when the loving, dedicated mom fails to return to pick up Nicky. Terrified and panicked, Stephanie turns to her blog and Sean for help while the police finally find Emily’s dead body in the lake by her family’s old vacation cabin. But Stephanie will soon find out that nothing is as it seems and all the secrets she confided to her alleged best friend might come back to destroy her. Darcey Bell, in her first novel, has created a masterful combination of loyalty, betrayal and true evil. – Guest Reviewer Bunny Hand

— From Bunny's Books

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"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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062497772
ISBN-10: 0062497774
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: March 21st, 2017
Pages: 304
Language: English