A Simple Favor

A Simple Favor

A Novel

Book - 2017
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When her best friend asks Stephanie to pick up her son after school, she happily says yes. Her son, Miles, and Emily's Nick are classmates and best friends. A widow and stay-at-home mommy blogger living in woodsy suburban Connecticut, Stephanie knows that Emily, a PR executive, has a job in Manhattan that demands much of her time. But Emily doesn't come back. Stephanie reaches out to Emily's husband, the handsome, reticent Sean, offering emotional support. When they receive news that Emily is dead, Stephanie begins to see that nothing is as simple as it seems.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062878649
9780062497772
0062497774
Call Number: BELL
Characteristics: 298 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects: Single mothers -- Fiction.
Bloggers -- Fiction.
Female friendship -- Fiction.
Missing persons -- Fiction.
Deception -- Fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)

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bookpusher
Oct 09, 2018

This is the October book in my online book club (Bitter is the new book club). Stephanie is such a fish. Ridiculous! How desperate are you for friends that you believe anything and do anything for someone who's obviously a huge liar!

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kkltay
Sep 27, 2018

I strongly agree with the other reviews that it's a cheap rip-off of Gone Girl immersed in the "mommy blog" world. The first third was okay because it was nice to read a satirical take on that culture while the character takes it very seriously, but I have a hard time believing that Emily and Stephanie are realistic. It becomes excruciatingly clear towards the end of the book (not a spoiler, I promise) that Stephanie is incredibly naive and gulible; vital information has been revealed to her, and just because Emily makes up a paper-thin story saying otherwise, she then believes something entirely of her own imagination that defies what she's actually seen (*eye roll*) Also, Emily just seems to have some strong mood swings that go against her plans and motives. I feel like she's not really sure what she wants.

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PineSisken
Aug 31, 2018

What a tangled web we weave... Very twisty, indeed! Looking forward to the movie adaptation.

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heidijoemonty
May 14, 2018

Ugh, this book. A poorly written "Gone Girl" type story for readers who might have liked the 50 Shades series. The incest storyline was completely unnecessary and there was no real resolution. I thought that the story was going to go somewhere, and its a pretty short book so I stuck it out. Also, I have a hard time believing the author is a real person. The author's description on the back flap usually tells the reader something about their life as an insight to their writing style, but since it's so sparse it just reeks of a really bad ghost writer. Skip this one.

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jachayden
Sep 13, 2017

Mix the plot of Gone Girl, an open disdain for women who are not mothers (why?), an open disdain for British people (WHY?), and a bit of incest, and you'll get this book.

The main character was so unbelievably stupid I wanted to keep reading on because it made me feel better about myself. I'm not pleased by how self-righteous the character is about being a mother. There's more to life than your 5-year-old. This book also portrays British people, especially British men, as stereotypically dumb, dull, stupid, selfish, cheaters, and self-conscious to the point of not being able to stand up for themselves. As a British person who is verrrry happily childless, I was deeply insulted by the implications of the author and characters throughout the story.

Story starts out a lot like Gone Girl, and ends a lot like Gone Girl, with a whole bunch of not necessarily necessary muddling through the middle. Confusing towards the end.

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Blabbermouth
Sep 01, 2017

It certainly drew me in & I kept going because I wanted to know how it ended but as I entered further into it I began to find the characters more unbelievable. The gullibility of the friend Stephanie was convincing enough until she started revealing her own secrets and still continued to stay along side even when she had learned nothing was as it seemed. Sean was to weak to be believable but Emily didn't seem completed somehow? It was a mystery that was outside of the box which made it appealing to me.

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therapymutt
Aug 08, 2017

Gone girl copy

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wilqser
Jun 01, 2017

Totally disappointment here - just a waste of time. No character integrity - even their flaws are unbelievable; no plausible plot line; unrealistic cop procedure; and a storyline that leaves you up in the air. Not one of the best books I've read so far - to put it mildly.

ArapahoeKati Apr 17, 2017

I was drawn in right away, but about halfway through I figured out what was going to happen. There have been a lot (A LOT) of unreliable narrators in fiction recently, so this one didn't feel as fresh as I would have liked.

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gogo12127
Mar 31, 2017

I read just over seventy pages of this. I just could not get into it. The self-absorbed narrator of the story was a total bore and really got on my nerves. Someone else might have a different take, though.

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