The Favour

Nora Murphy

08 December 2022
416 pages


‘Taut, compelling and deliciously dark’ B. A. Paris, author of The Prisoner

An unputdownable domestic suspense, The Favour is the bold, compulsive debut from Nora Murphy.

Leah Dawson and McKenna Hawkins had a lot in common, but they had never met.

They are smart, professional women living in the same sunny, prosperous neighbourhood in lovely houses with picket fences and beautiful gardens. And they were both married to successful, good-looking men who both seem bent on having ‘the perfect wife’.

They don’t – ever – find themselves in the same train carriage or meet accidentally at the gym or in the coffee shop. And they don’t – ever – discuss their problems and find common ground.

But they do cross paths. And they see something each recognizes in the other.

That they are living in hell.

Neither narrator is unreliable. They always tell us the truth. And their truth hurts. A lot. Because these two attractive, intelligent professional women are living in a hell of their husband’s making. And there is no way to get out of hell. Is there?

'A thrilling debut – I couldn’t put it down!' – Shari Lapena, author of The Couple Next Door

Taut, compelling and deliciously dark, I tore through The Favour
Dark, unsettling, brave and compassionate
A beautifully written yet chilling glimpse behind the curtain of relationships gone badly wrong, and the terrifying consequences of what happens when wronged women fight back. Absolutely brilliant