A Simple Favour

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What to expect

Now a major film starring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively as a pair of mismatched best friends, each with something to hide . . .

‘Packed with betrayal, secrets and plenty of twists and turns’ – Telegraph

What happened to Emily?

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

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.

For fans of Gone Girl and Big Little Lies, A Simple Favour by Darcey Bell ratchets up the tension in a taut, unsettling, and completely absorbing thriller that holds you in its grip until the final page.

Critics Review

  • Sly, satirical, subversive: a deliciously poisoned cupcake of a story

    L.S. Hilton, author of Maestra
  • A psychological thriller that is as hip and relevant as it is gripping. . . . I couldn’t stop reading about these two truly terrifying moms!

    Plum Sykes, author of Bergdorf Blondes
  • 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, author of international bestseller Reconstructing Amelia
  • A compellingly creepy female protagonist who kept me guessing right up to the end

    Michelle Frances
  • Darcey Bell tackles a nightmare scenario brilliantly in A Simple Favour

    Good Housekeeping
  • Fast-moving, readable and packed with betrayal, secrets and plenty of twists and turns

    The Telegraph

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