Blake Lively, Anna Kendrick and a page-to-screen adaptation – it’s all I need for a cozy fall movie day! A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell has been adapted for the big screen and it has all the ingredients for a perfect thriller. A mommy blogger, an ultra-chic mom and a friendship that entails a missing person and secrets is what this movie has to offer. If you see the movie and you want more thrills, here’s a list of books that have all the same chic, twisty and suspenseful vibes. These are the books you should be reading if you’re excited for the premiere of A Simple Favor.
The Secrets You Keep by Kate White
I am a huge Kate White fan and this installment in her back catalog of mysteries and whodunits is a must-read. Bryn is a self-help author who is suffering from really terrifying nightmares due to a traumatic car accident. When she starts to question her husband and brutal murders are happening in her world, she’ll find these nightmares may hold more meaning than she thinks.
The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
The Lying Game is a sinister, twisty thriller involving four friends who attended boarding school together. Taking place between then and now, these four friends are haunted from the past and have to revisit something (or someone) they thought they had buried long ago.
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
Louise meets David in the bar, they kiss. Louise shows up to work the next day and David is her new boss. Louise befriends a new woman in town, Adele, who happens to be David’s wife. Cue the love triangle with a twist. Something is not right between David and Adele, and Louise is afraid they are covering up something far from a perfect marriage.
Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
Ellie Mack goes missing without a trace and her mother Laurel is determined to find out what happened, but 10 years later, there are still no answers to her disappearance. When Laurel meets Floyd, she thinks she may be able to find happiness again. When she meets Floyd’s children, one of his daughters bears a striking resemblance to Ellie. Who is Floyd and why has he shown up in Laurel’s life? Does he hold the secret to why Ellie went missing?
Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding
Two mothers, Frances and Kate, find friendship in each other despite the pretentious boarding school world in which they live. One has it all and one is striving to fit in. An unlikely friendship that harbors a murderous secret, someone is not who she says she is, and that someone is a murderer.
Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering
Lucy and Stephen aren’t your average college couple. Lucy, head over heels for Stephen, is adapting to the college life. Stephen, aware of Lucy’s infatuation for him, is hiding a secret that could ruin him and Lucy if it gets out. A cat-and-mouse relationship is the basis for this novel that takes place after college in New York.