The Favor by Nora Murphy
Published: May 31, 2022
KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.
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. The Favor is her first novel.
“As it turned out, I’d never been so wrong about anything.”
Leah used to be a lot of things. But now she is a scared housewife with a secret. McKenna was a pediatrician who, after suffering a miscarriage, felt as though her life had fallen apart. Her husband made her quit after only a year in practice. Leah notices a pretty blond one afternoon and follows her. Little did either of them know, but their lives were about to become entangled in a deadly way.
Oof. This was a heavy read. I enjoyed how this story unfolded. And I enjoyed the main characters. There was intensity from page one, and it didn’t let up.
This story is such a tragic way of life for many people. That is what makes this body of work so good. We all know a Leah or McKenna.
While the results of this tale are fictionalized, it leads to a consequence that affords both characters a somewhat happy ending.
I enjoyed the writing style, and it is clear that Nora Murphy is an intelligent woman who has seen her fair share of devastation.
This novel will linch you in the gut and will leave you speechless. This novel will make you angry. But it will also be impossible to put down.