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The Favor

By: Nora Murphy

ISBN: 9781250822420

Publisher: St. Martin's Press | Minotaur Books

Publication Date: 05/31/2022

Narrator: Dylan Moore, Leon Nixon, Sarah Mollo-Christensen

Macmillan Audio

Format: Other

My Rating: 5 Stars (ARC)



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.

Leaving would be dangerous. Staying could be worse.

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

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

They don’t—ever—discuss their problems and find common ground.

They don’t—ever—acknowledge 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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Listen to an excerpt of Nora Murphy's THE FAVOR, read by Sarah Mollo-Christensen, Dylan Moore, and Leon Nixon.


"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

"Taut, compelling and deliciously dark, I tore through The Favor."

―B.A. Paris, New York Times bestselling author of The Therapist

"A brilliant, gripping, dark and superbly written debut. I was transfixed by Leah and McKenna and the deftly woven plot that connects them. Nora Murphy is one to watch." ―Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author of The Long Weekend

"Nora Murphy's The Favor is a tense and gripping read about the tacit sisterhood between two unlikely vigilantes. At once strangers and soulmates, these women reflect one another―each trapped in a dark and spiraling descent behind the closed door of a seemingly lovely home. With echoes of Big Little Lies and Strangers on a Train, Nora Murphy's The Favor is impossible to put down."

―Mary Dixie Carter, author of The Photographer

"I loved following the parallel lives of Leah and McKenna, two strangers whose actions tie them together forever. I felt as if I was there with them, living the horrors they had to endure, although Nora Murphy portrays the women as survivors instead of victims. The Favor is a page-turning debut that will have you questioning the lengths you’d go to save someone else, even though it’s you that needs saving."

―Sandie Jones, New York Times bestselling author of The Guilt Trip

“Dark and unsettling, The Favor is a gripping story of bravery and compassion which lingers long after the final page.”

―Victoria Selman, international bestselling author of Blood for Blood

About the Author

Photo Credit Crystal Tseng Photography

NORA MURPHY attended law school in Washington, D.C., then worked as a judicial law clerk before transitioning to private practice. During law school, she participated in two clinics through which she represented and studied the issues facing survivors of intimate partner violence. A practicing attorney, Nora writes as much as she can, usually long before the sunrise or on her phone for brief moments when the inspiration strikes. Nora resides in Maryland with her husband, young son, and five rescue pets. When she’s not working, writing, or chasing her toddler, Nora can be found contemplating her next ice cream run or reading. The Favor is her first novel. WEBSITE