Book to Movie Review: A Simple Favor

Happy New Year's Eve!!!!!! I can't believe we are here. The last day of 2019. The last day of the decade. Its been a fantastic year and I'm ready for the next.

Recently, I watched the movie called A Simple Favor. It was a psychological thriller that had a fantastic ending, but also left me with many questions. Naturally, I wondered if there was a book involved in this story, and of course there was. The book answered some of my questions, but I was still wondering if this could all really happen. I guess it doesn't matter because in a story, you make up anything that you want.

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.

The book by Darcy Bell, was actually a wonderful read. I love the dark thrillers where someone goes missing, but you can feel that there is something strange about the circumstances. 

I loved the actors picked to portray Stephanie and Emily. Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively are two amazing actors that are under appreciated at times. 

The questions that arose might spoil the ending for you, so I will keep them to myself. I will say that it has to do with Stephanie and her half brother. We will just leave it at that. If you read the book you will know what I'm talking about. 

I really did enjoy both the book and the movie. It was worth the time. 

What are your thoughts on this pair?

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