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January Book Review: A Simple Favor by Darcy Bell

A Simple Favor

By Darcy Bell

Published: March 21, 2017

Category: Fictional

Personal Rating: 4/5

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First of all, I’m not even going to lie. I had never heard of this book until I was watching the video on Facebook of the guy teaching himself how to crochet (which by the way is hilarious if you haven’t seen it) in the middle of the video an ad for a movie starting playing. And as much as I hate to admit it took watching a movie trailer to get to read the book, but it did.

I immediately started googling to see when it would come out in theater so I could go watch it. However- finding out it wouldn’t come out for another month, I realized it was actually based on a book by Darcy Bell and within minutes, I had it downloaded on my kindle.

I probably shouldn’t have chose this particular book as my first review, because quite frankly, I’m torn on how to even rate it properly. Since this is usually my kind of genre (thriller/mystery) it truly didn’t disappoint when it came to the shock factor, however the characters kept me from absolutely loving it.

So, let’s get straight to the point. Basically the plot of the story is two friends, who are polar opposites, meet because their boys attend the same school. Stephanie is a boring widow with nothing going on in her life other than PTO meetings and her blog. Emily is an intriguing business woman who seems to have it all. Everything is all peachy between the friends until Emily calls and asks her best friend, Stephanie a simple favor. Soon, everyone’s lives are flipped upside down in search of a loving mother, wife, and friend.

Without giving away too much detail, I truly loved the fact that it was told from the different characters point of view because it gave us a better perspective on how everyone was effected by Emily’s absents allowing us to get to know them on a deeper level and even finding out a secret or two along the way.

Despite, me feeling the ending was abrupt and not well thought of, the overall book was definitely a page turner and a thriller to say the least. So, where the hell is Emily?! Read to find out and comment below what you thought of the book.


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