I picked up A Simple Favor mainly because @blakelively has done an awesome job promoting her new movie based on the book. I was curious about #whathappenedtoemily. Well, I am sorry to say that this is an instance where I hope the movie is better than the book. Written in 3 first person point of view narratives, plus blog posts, this is meant to be a psychological thriller wherein one of the main characters goes missing, and her husband, best friend and son are left behind to sort out what has happened. Instead of building tension, the first character, Stephanie, is an annoying character, that seems to have been created to make fun of today’s mommying culture; Sean, the husband, is a weird, not very developed character… Bell threw in literally every, typical mystery trope and waited to see the result. It was a knock off version of Gone Girl, but without Gillian Flynne’s ability to build intrigue. I would only recommend this to someone who was desperately in need of something to read… (304 pgs)
Originally intended to simply focus on book reviews, over time, KaliDesautelsReads has morphed into its own entity.
I write about issues that are near to my heart, be they political, feminist, motherhood, mental health, or, as the title holds, books.
A thirty-something Canadian woman in my mid-thirties, I have been "super married" to my high school sweetheart since 2006, and together we have two crazy, clever, kind, hilarious, wonderful kids.
My first book - How Not To Blog: Finding Myself, One Post at a Time is available on Amazon (in eBook formats for you clever tech readers, and paperback for those of us who love that new book smell!)
I have tried a podcast - it's still on Apple and Google Podcasts - but writing is where my heart is.
My life changed dramatically when my husband was diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer in 2018, and I am now a writer for a leading Canadian Cancer Non-Profit.
I am lucky enough to have a family that loves me and pushes me to be my best, even if it is outside of my cushiony comfort zone. I have a village of friends that nourish me, mentally, and spiritually.
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