A Simple Favour by Darcey Bell

1. First lines. 2. Publisher: Pan Macmillan
This book was okay.
Not altogether convincing. Maybe the movie, in this case, is better.

Quotes from the book:

  • That was when it occurred to me – not quite in a flash, more like a flicker – that Emily might have walked away. Left her son with me and walked off.”
  • When you live in a family, it’s easy to stop noticing things, to quit paying attention. That’s one way you know it’s a family. We take things for granted. Some people call it tolerance, or laziness, or being in denial. I call it getting through the day.”

Plot summary:

Stephanie, a widow with one child, is a “mommy blogger”. She meets Emily, a wife and mother of one child, and they begin to spend time together. However, Emily disappears with no explanation, and a distraught Stephanie appeals for help on her blog, and reaches out to Emily’s husband and son. Secrets begin to surface, twisting everything that seemed straightforward.

Other editions:


  • ” … one of many unconvincing motivations driving the plot, which will amply satisfy readers’ lowest expectations. More like “girl on a train wreck.” Full review: Kirkus


A Simple Favour is a 2018 American drama directed by Paul Fieg, produced by Lionsgate and starring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively.

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