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A Simple Favor

(2017)
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In Bell's convoluted debut, widowed mommy-blogger Stephanie Ward receives a call from her best friend, Emily Nelson, asking her to pick up Emily's five-year-old son, Nicky, from school. There's an emergency at work, Emily explains, but she'll be by to get Nicky no later than 9 p.m. Nicky is best friends with Stephanie's son, Miles, and the boys attend the same suburban Connecticut kindergarten, so Stephanie agrees. Days pass and Emily never appears, leading Stephanie to fear the worst. Emily's husband, Sean, returns home from his European business trip and calls the police, who assume that Emily has simply run away-until her body washes up at her family's lake house in Michigan. Stephanie initially seeks to comfort Sean, but when questions arise surrounding Emily's death, she's left wondering what is true and whom to trust. While Stephanie, Emily, and Sean share the narrative, Stephanie is the primary point-of-view character, and her vacuity and naeivetae undercut the story's tension and heft. Bell further squanders an intriguing setup with ill-defined stakes and tired, telegraphed plot twists.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Riveting and brilliantly structured...an edge-of-your seat domestic thriller." - Kimberly McCreight


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Hardback Editions

May 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Simple Favor (Thorndike Press Large Print Thriller)
Author(s): Darcey Bell
ISBN: 1-4104-9794-1 / 978-1-4104-9794-9 (USA edition)
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March 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Simple Favor: A Novel
Author(s): Darcey Bell
ISBN: 0-06-249777-4 / 978-0-06-249777-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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February 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Simple Favour
Author(s): Darcey Bell
ISBN: 1-5098-3684-5 / 978-1-5098-3684-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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September 2018 : Paperback
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Title: A Simple Favour: Film Tie-In
Author(s): Darcey Bell
ISBN: 1-5290-0405-5 / 978-1-5290-0405-2
Publisher: Pan
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August 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Simple Favor [Movie Tie-in]: A Novel
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ISBN: 0-06-287864-6 / 978-0-06-287864-9 (USA edition)
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August 2018 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: A Simple Favor [Movie Tie-in]
Author(s): Darcey Bell
ISBN: 0-06-288349-6 / 978-0-06-288349-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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March 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Simple Favor: A Novel
Author(s): Darcey Bell
ISBN: 0-06-249778-2 / 978-0-06-249778-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
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November 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Simple Favour: An edge-of-your-seat thriller with a chilling twist
Author(s): Darcey Bell
ISBN: 1-5098-3477-X / 978-1-5098-3477-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pan
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March 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Simple Favour: A Novel
Author(s): Darcey Bell
ISBN: 0-06-266633-9 / 978-0-06-266633-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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March 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Simple Favour
Author(s): Darcey Bell
ISBN: 1-5098-3476-1 / 978-1-5098-3476-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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March 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Simple Favour
Author(s): Darcey Bell
ISBN: 1-5098-4652-2 / 978-1-5098-4652-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pan
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Audio Editions

April 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Simple Favour
Author(s): Darcey Bell
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
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April 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Simple Favour
Author(s): Darcey Bell
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
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March 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Simple Favor
Author(s): Darcey Bell
ISBN: 1-4708-5594-1 / 978-1-4708-5594-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperAudio
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March 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Simple Favor: A Novel
Author(s): Darcey Bell
ISBN: 1-4708-5593-3 / 978-1-4708-5593-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
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March 2017 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: A Simple Favor
Author(s): Darcey Bell
ISBN: 1-4708-5595-X / 978-1-4708-5595-6 (USA edition)
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March 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Simple Favor: A Novel
Author(s): Darcey Bell
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March 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Simple Favor: A Novel
Author(s): Darcey Bell
Publisher: HarperAudio
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Kindle Editions

March 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A Simple Favor: A Novel
Author(s): Darcey Bell
Publisher: Harper
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March 2017 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Simple Favour: An edge-of-your-seat thriller with a chilling twist
Author(s): Darcey Bell
Publisher: Pan
Availability: Amazon UK