A Simple Favor by Darcy Bell
So first of all:
So I watched the movie and didn’t like it-however I was intrigued by how Stephanie Smothers solved the mystery and how she was like this fluffy woman who solved this mystery and went on to solve others, a total contrasts.
So I decided to check out the book and I HATED IT! I found it to be so awful and it dragged on and on and on.
I wanted more info on the characters as I felt as there was a lot of background missing in the film, but the book…the book…it was just awful.
All these people are horrible…just horrible.
Stephanie is a stay at home mom and mommy blogger. She is a widow who’s brother and husband died in a car accident. She’s too perfect…so much so that a lot of people can’t stand her-too annoying-but one day her son Miles wants to play with his classmate Nicky and she becomes friends with Nicky’s mother Emily.
Emily Nelson works in the city as P.R. agent for a famous fashion designer. She seems so cool Stephanie falls under her spell and often has the boys and they do things together.
One day Emily asks her to pick up Nicky as she is running late and have him stay the night, but Emily doesn’t come back.
Stephanie works hard trying to find Emily, but when they discover a body that matches her DNA, she comes to accept that Emily is gone.
She helps take care of Nicky and she and his father Sean Townsend grow extremely close and they fall for each other, moving in together.
But then Nicky says he sees his mom and she promised to come back, and a few other things start happening-and Stephanie starts to wonder if Emily is really dead. She starts investigating.
Thoughts After Reading:
I hated this book!
Stephanie is annoying and all the stuff she shares on her blog-I’m surprised she hasn’t been murdered or her son kidnapped as she has no privacy. Her backstory of incest with her half brother because he is hot and looks just like her father- uber creepy and I don’t know why the author had to add that in or try to make their love “romantic”.
Then Sean is a major jerk who just jerks around poor Stephanie who really believes he loves her. What a loser!
And Emily is he worst of all. Kills her sister to “fake her death” and get the insurance money, plotted all this because she is tired of their life and wants “money” (they make a TON of money), and leaves her poor son.
I hated this, every page-ugh. And it felt like the author wanted to be like Gone Girl and copied it but threw in incest and other issues.
For more disappearances, go to The Strength of Their Attachment
For more mysteries, go to The Satapur Moonstone