The Favor: A Novel (Paperback)
In this twisty new stand-alone novel from internationally bestselling author Nicci French, a young woman agrees to do a favor for her first love—but when things go horribly wrong, one small task turns into a murder investigation that completely upends her life, ensnaring her in a deadly web of secrets and lies.
It’s a simple enough favor.
Jude hasn’t seen Liam in years, but when he shows up at her work asking for a favor, she finds she can’t refuse. All Jude has to do is pick Liam up at a country train station—without telling anyone. So what if she has to lie to her fiancé? Jude is still committed to him and their imminent wedding, even if she and Liam were in love once.
She owes him.
After the car crash that changed everything years ago, bright, ambitious Jude went to medical school, back on the path she had planned before meeting moody, artistic Liam. Meanwhile, he never fully recovered from the dark stain the accident left on his record.
Now he’s gone.
When the police show up at the station instead of Liam, Jude realizes that she knows nothing about the man he’s become. Now she’s tangled up in his life, the last person to have seen him, and maybe the only one who can uncover the truth about what went wrong—even if she destroys her own life in the process.
Nicci French is the pseudonym of English wife-and-husband team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. Their acclaimed novels of psychological suspense have sold more than 16 million copies around the world.
"Fantastic - a breathless drumbeat of dread and suspense . . . no one does it better than Nicci French." — Lee Child
“Excellent—a breathless read brimming with misdirection and fear.” — Guardian on The Unheard
"The English writing team of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French delivers another well-plotted winner... fans will devour it." — Booklist on The Unheard
“Full of unexpected turns . . . . Immensely satisfying.” — New York Times Book Review on House of Correction
"Ingenious . . . French’s best book yet . . . This house of correction is booby-trapped with twists, the floors paved with trapdoors, quicksand churning in the garden. Enter if you dare." — A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window, on House of Correction
"Razor-sharp writing by French expertly amps the tension." — People on The Lying Room
"Nicci French will leave readers questioning everything they think they know." — Popsugar on House of Correction
“Seamlessly shifts from prison drama to procedural to legal thriller—and finally to an ingenious twist on the locked-room mystery. French continues to impress.” — Publishers Weekly on House of Correction
“This stand-alone from the team of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French, authors of the Frieda Klein series, delivers engaging characters, a complex story, and steadily increasing suspense. International best-seller French belongs on every thriller fan’s TBR list.” — Booklist on The Lying Room
"An enthralling and addicting novel.... Longtime fans of French will find their high expectations rewarded, while newcomers will be motivated to explore the author’s backlist. I envy their discovery." — Bookreporter.com on The Lying Room