Book review: A Simple Favour

Hot on the heels of thrillers like Gone Girl, The Girl On The Train and Lie With Me, is another domestic thriller with unreliable narrators.

Book review: A Simple Favour

Darcey Bell

Macmillan, hb £12.99; ebook, £1.89

This debut, written by Chicago-based pre-school teacher Bell, is based around the story of two best friends, a widow and stay-at-home mum blogger, Stephanie and a successful and glamorous PR executive, Emily, whose five-year-old sons are best friends.

When Emily asks Stephanie to pick up her son from school, she agrees but she doesn’t come back and Emily knows she would never leave her son.

Whilst this thriller is fast-moving, readable and packed with betrayal, secrets and plenty of twists and turns, it fell short for me.

Stephanie and her blog were very two-dimensional and not believable and parts of the plot felt forced and too far-fetched.

With so many brilliant thrillers on the market at the moment, this was disappointing.

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