The Favor – Nora Murphy

A chance encounter in a package store, that was all it took for Leah Dawson to recognize herself in a woman at the counter – the woman as she was nine months ago anyway – before her controlling husband took more and more of her freedoms away.  Only half conscious of doing so, Leah follows the woman home. Upon learning where she resides, Leah watches the home and its female occupant every chance she gets…

McKenna and her husband Zach are both physicians – they met during residency and married after a four-year courtship, settling in the Maryland/DC area. Heartbroken after a recent miscarriage that Zach blames on McKenna’s exposure to illness, he insists that she stop working as they work on starting a family. 

As Leah continues to watch McKenna, the evolving story is told from the perceptions of both women, in alternating past and present timelines, as each comes to grip with the nightmare that they are forced to live in and how they came to be there. When Leah has the chance to save McKenna, she does so instinctively…but at what cost? 

This was a great read! I was engrossed within the first couple of pages and read it in one sitting – it was that good! While flipping pages, one cannot help but cheer these women on as they both struggle to overcome their situations. While I doubt very highly that the outcome would be the same in the real world, it was a satisfying way to end this novel! 

I received this book as an Advance Reader Copy from Netgalley &St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books in exchange for an objective review.  Do you love to read?? Visit and start reviewing books today!!