A Simple Favor

A Simple Favor by Darcy Bell

So first of all:

***Spoiler Alert***

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.

Hmmm…?

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.

I’m so disappointed.

All these people are horrible…just horrible.

Bleh…

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.

Not a good idea…

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.

On the case!

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

The Winter People

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The Winter People: A Novel by Jennifer McMahon

Thoughts before Reading:

I received this book in a contest, my only payment being an honest review.

Read it today!

Let me just start off and say that I found this to be a phenomenal book. Absolutely amazing. I started reading, intending to only start the novel, but found myself buzzing through it I just had to find out the end.

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Plot Synopsis:

So the story is split between two different times. First we have Sara Harrison Shea from the turn of the century, living in West Hall, VA. Young Sara is raised by her father and Auntie, a healer, who teaches her things others, including the minister, would not approve of.

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Everything changes one day when her husband goes hunting.

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Since then West Hall has been a strange, spooky place.

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Disappearances are common in the town, along with myths and legends.

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The most mysterious being the tragic death of Sara Harrison Shea, who was found disturbingly dead just a few months after the death of her daughter.

Horrible!!!!

Horrible!!!!

In present day; Ruthie and little Fawn live with their widowed mother Alice on a country farm. Much to Ruthie’s disgust and dislike, Alice has always forced them to live their lives off the grid, no internet, no connections, etc.

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One morning Ruthie wakens to find her mother gone.

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Just disappeared out of the blue, something her controlling and protective nature would never do.

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As she searches for clues to where she might have gone to, Ruthie discovers Sara Harrison Shea’s secret diary.

Obsessed

Katherine has recently lost her husband when he died in a car accident.

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Already saddened over the death of her child, she is even more distraught to discover her husband had a secret.

What?

He’d been coming to West Hall, VA for a while, but why? No one he knows is out here and why would he lie about it?

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As she moves to West Hall to investigate, she discovers a connection between her husband, Alice, and Sara.

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There are others who are after the diary Ruthie holds, and its great secret.

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It was a great book.

Read it today!

Read it today!

Incredibly well written, superb storytelling, fantastic characters and incredible suspense. I just loved it.

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I won’t say anymore because I don’t want to ruin it, but aw! So great!

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For more supernatural mysteries, go to Grave Peril

For more on disapperances, go to Cookie Dough or Die

For more widows looking for answers, go to The Italian Wife

For more historical fiction mysteries, go to Ticker

For more not-in-a-series mysteries, go to Sleeping Beauty