Bookworm Reviews

Also known as MRHavisham.

Bookworm Reviews

Also known as MRHavisham.

A Simple Favor


Themes: motherhood, secrets, friendship

Trigger warning: murders, drug abuse, incest


''Some men lash out and leave marks, the black eyes and broken noses that send women to the emergency rooms and from there to the kindly social worker and the battered women’s shelter. But the real devils are the ones who hide the traces, who practice constant psychological abuse until the woman is all but destroyed.”

All great stories feature layered women, choking secrets, and complicated friendships. You may know the movie this novel allowed to happen, with Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick.

A young widow, Stephanie has to raise her son alone, endure the teasing of other parents for always being willing to volunteer at school, and grieves her brother's death, the latter having been killed with her husband in a car crash.

Her life is about to change the day she meets Emily, the mother of her son's best friend: fashionable, charismatic, and never being at a loss for words. With her great job as a public relations executive in the fashion business, her college lecturer and author of a husband, and her lavish house, what's not to envy? But Emily hides deep and dark secrets that are about to bite her in the face as well as her new friend, the day she mysteriously disappears.

Stephanie decides to take care of her friend's kid and husband and try to look for her, but everything gets worse when Emily's body is found.

Did she really know her best friend? And is Stephanie really that innocent?


I simply loved this book, how all those diverse characters whether Nick, Stephanie, or Emily were layered and not innocent or purely awful. The dynamic between Stephanie and Emily worked well, two women completely different who yet endured similar things that shaped them in the versions we read about in this novel. The amount of sass and suspense created a quite enjoyable read. Some of the twists totally caught me off guard and I didn't know who to trust or what to believe in the end.

However, some of the comical stuff, though hilarious, took me out of the story


BEWARE: Spoilers!

*  I loved how not only Emily but also Stephanie had important family issues and how it put her in the situation we find her at the beginning of the novel, making her a character as enjoyable as Stephanie and another moral dilemma.

* Though Emily is sociopathic, I do believe she loved her sister and her son, but her childhood and her need to have it all completely crumbled her.


Rating: 4 out of 5 martinis.