Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably seen the highly anticipated “A Simple Favor” starring Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick. This is not a movie review though, I read the book and am currently obsessed with this poison dipped cupcake of a read.
I read this book within 24 full hours because it absolutely grips you from the start. The way that Darcey Bell has curated her story keeps you on your toes, it is absolutely a treat of a read. I found myself drifting to Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick while I ready, putting these faces to the characters in question actually did the story a disservice. Especially because the characters in the book are different, if not anything other than their physical appearances.
The characters are so well crafted that you find yourself visualizing them as if you were part of their lives. I periodically imagined Emily’s wardrobe or Stephanie’s blog theme during while reading this little delight. The plot sends you on an unexpectedly cruel comedy that left me tingling for more juice, more dirt and another glass of red wine.
The storyline seems simple enough on the surface – mommy blogger meets fabulous Glamamom.
Mommy blogger and Glamamom have numerous mom dates with wine, gossip and crudités.
Glamamom disappears without a trace and is presumed dead… she really isn’t and sh*t gets really interesting.
I don’t know if you’re supposed to like any of the characters, but you can’t help but really detest them during points of the book. At least, that was my take on the way the characters were written.
There are a few plot “twists” that leave you a little deflated, but the author really does weave a storyline that grips you. Prepare yourself for a predictable chunk of the story, but it is so well written that you can’t help but want to know what happens next (and if you can guess what the next twist will be). I’ll admit, I was a little taken aback by some aspects of the character development, and a little frustrated by the holes left in their stories. I just wanted to dig more and more into the past of Emily, while the author laid all of Stephanie’s laundry out for us to see.
There is a death/disappearance/murder. A Pinterest worthy picture painted in our minds about moms and mimosas. A hunky husband and the woes of a twisted woman who is bored with her life.
The story draws you in and I found myself sitting upright, eagerly anticipating the next turn. The read itself is easy and comfortable, the perfect weekend binge if you’re looking for something light with a little substance to pass the time with.
My only let down is that the movie was so well marketed, that I couldn’t separate the two. I couldn’t create my own version of the story that wasn’t a perfectly polished Blake and squeaky clean, Anna.
Oh, but wait! I was also a little let down by the ending. While clever and very much part of the story, I felt like it just ended a little too abruptly, almost as if the author had something better to do – like collecting the royalties on a movie deal. Nevertheless, I would highly recommend this read and encourage you to do just that. If you are a fan of suspense, this is the book for you. If you are not a fan of suspense and want an entry-level book to keep you on your toes, this is the book for you. If you can read… you get where I am going with this.
Have you read A Simple Favor? Or have you watched the movie? What did you think about the sneaky little drama about moms and mystery? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time.