The Favor by Nora Murphy 

Title:  The Favor
Author: Nora Murphy
Publisher: Minotaur Books 
Genre:  General Fiction (Adult), Mystery & Thrillers
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages: 289
Date of Publication:  31 May, 2022
My Rating:  3.5 Stars

My Thoughts 

Nora Murphy has written a pretty spectacular debut novel here. Leah and McKenna are both living lives they never planned for with husbands who have changed, and not for the better. 

Okay, yes, I found it a bit implausible, but it’s well written and engaging. Cover to cover, it kept my interest and kept me turning the pages. 

A notice to other readers - there is no neatly tied up ending here, and I really enjoyed that aspect of the story. 

eARC kindly provided by St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.


A gripping debut domestic suspense novel, Nora Murphy's thrilling The Favor explores with compassion and depth what can happen when women pushed to the limit take matters into their own hands.

"A thrilling debut—I couldn’t put it down!"—Shari Lapena, #1 internationally bestselling author of Not a Happy Family and The Couple Next Door

Leaving would be dangerous. Staying could be worse.

Leah and McKenna have never met, though they have parallel lives.

They don’t
everfind themselves in the same train carriage or meet accidentally at the gym or the coffee shop.

They don’t
everdiscuss their problems and find common ground.

They don’t
everacknowledge to each other that although their lives have all the trappings of success, wealth and happiness, they are, in fact, trapped.

Leah understands that what’s inside a home can be far more dangerous than what’s outside. So when she notices someone else who may be starting down the same path she’s on, she pays attention. She watches over McKenna from afar. Until one night she sees more than she bargained for. Leah knows she can’t save herself, but perhaps she can save McKenna.

Leah and McKenna have never met. But they will.


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