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Publisher's Summary

The instant New York Times best seller 

From the critically-acclaimed author of House of Salt and Sorrows comes a mesmerizing and chilling fairy-talesque novel about Ellerie Downing, a young woman in a small town with monsters lurking in the trees and dark desires hidden in the shadows - in Amity Falls, nothing is more dangerous than a wish come true.

"Unique, enchanting, and haunting." (Brigid Kemmerer, New York Times best-selling author of the Cursebreaker series)

"Full of beasts, bargains, and blood, Small Favors is a folk horror tale that feels like a classic but is utterly fresh. Sweet, dark, and complex as wildflower honey." (Hannah Whitten, New York Times best-selling author of For the Wolf)

"A deliciously dark fairy tale filled with bone-chilling horror and breathtaking romance that will keep you turning the pages long into the night." (Kara Thomas, author of The Cheerleaders and That Weekend)

"As dark and romantic as it haunting, Small Favors is an eerie fairytale that I couldn’t put down." (Alexis Henderson, author of The Year of the Witching)

Ellerie Downing is waiting for something to happen. Life in isolated Amity Falls, surrounded by an impenetrable forest, has a predictable sameness. Her days are filled with tending to her family's beehives, chasing after her sisters, and dreaming of bigger things while her twin, Samuel, is free to roam as he wishes.

Early town settlers fought off monstrous creatures in the woods, and whispers that the creatures still exist keep the Downings and their neighbors from venturing too far. When some townsfolk go missing on a trip to fetch supplies, a heavy unease settles over the Falls. 

Strange activities begin to plague the town, and as the seasons change, it's clear that something is terribly wrong. The creatures are real, and they're offering to fulfill the residents' deepest desires, however grand, for just a small favor. These seemingly trifling demands, however, hide sinister intentions. Soon Ellerie finds herself in a race against time to stop Amity Falls, her family, and the boy she loves from going up in flames.

©2021 Erin A. Craig (P)2021 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

A Reese’s Book Club Recommended Spooky Read!

A PopSugar Best Book of July pick!

"[A] gloriously dark fairy tale.... Erin A. Craig has conjured a spellbinding tale of magic and horror." (Shelf Awareness, starred review)

"If you’re looking for a book to give you goosebumps as you read, you’re going to want to add this one to your TBR!” (The Nerd Daily) 

"A chilling tale about what lurks in the shadows of the people you think you know." (Tor)

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surprisingly horrifying, but loved it!

I didn't realise the horror element in this book but man was it good. The end I felt was alittle abrupt but I suppose it was pretty wrapped up anyways. I found myself incredibly engaged with the story eagerly wanting to keep listening to what happends next. The narration was spectacular too! Would definately recommend

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  • 12-10-2021

Good Story, Disappointing Ending

The narration was great (except for the voice of Sadie, which was grating at times). I enjoyed the middle to end of the story the most, but the ending was abrupt with unanswered questions. It felt like a letdown after such a build of tension and suspicion. I would read another book by this author.

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  • Brandie Koontz
  • 12-08-2021

Wanted to like it

This book was so boring and hard to get through. Had so many great reviews, so I thought it would get good at some point. That never happened.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-11-2021

meh story and horrible voice over

This story was too drawn out with too little substance. I assume the intent was to build suspension, but it's difficult to feel suspense over a lack of intricacy in a plot. There were a few details in the story that could have been elaborated on to create a more fantastical overall world for these characters, but sadly I felt blank and confused when the story ended. Almost like a happy ending was forced into the last pages with no explanation or follow through. Also, the lady who did the voice over was poorly casted for this book. She attempted ridiculous voices for mostly all of the characters, which made the story difficult to listen to seriously.

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  • Mary Titus
  • 11-11-2021

Slow starting but good

It was slow starting at first in my opinion- but the best part of the book was the last three chapters, I loved it! I wish we would’ve gotten an epilogue with answers that the book left unanswered. But other than that I really enjoyed it!

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  • Susan
  • 10-11-2021

So good!

This story may seem long, but it’s so face paced. Craig keeps you guessing through to the very end. The character development was great! I got to know Ellerie very well and felt her emotions come through the narrator, Music. Once I started, I didn’t want to stop. And when it finished, I was content. I really appreciate that this is a stand-alone with a definite ending.

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  • EM RE
  • 08-11-2021

Several things lacking, still wanted to hear the ending

There were several things lacking and annoying through the story, but I still found myself wanting to hear how it ended. Overall it was ok. Read on for more on the issues. No real spoilers, but it does contain impressions on certain plot points and characters.

The “reveals” were obvious from the beginning. Having the main characters not notice any of the signs made it seem like they were really stupid, or that the author thought the reader was stupid and wouldn’t notice.

The main love interest is technically a creepy stalker (but he’s hot so it’s ok right?) Ellerie wonders at one point if he only cared about her looks (Yup, seems like it)

Dialogue is stilted and constantly dotted with “What?” and faltering/stuttering. The narrator’s tones made it worse, like all the girls and women were constantly on the brink of tears or a breakdown. Sadie’s voice was particularly grating and made me cringe every time she spoke. She’s 8 years old but sounds like a whining toddler.

The legend of the monsters should have been more developed. When their history and purpose was described, it felt cheap and thrown in at the end.

The “uncle” and “cousin” didn’t seem to add much to the story. They could have been omitted without affecting much. If the monster legend had been developed more, they wouldn’t be needed at all.

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  • Lucy Cat
  • 05-11-2021

Beautifully written, satisfying conclusion

What kind of book is this?
Contemporary fantasy with supernatural elements in a realistic, technology-free, rural town setting (could be mid-1800’s America). Modern nations like America and England are mentioned in character dialogue and modern religions (e.g., Christianity) are mentioned.

Spoiler-Free Summary:
Small Favors offers beautiful dialogue that is captivating and perfect at setting readers off balance as plot events unfold. The main protagonist lives in a rural, isolated township that suffers a string of misfortunes as the story opens. Before long, the villagers begin to suspect or recognize that there is something more behind their ongoing, and escalating, misfortunes. Our main character and her siblings unravel the mystery piece by piece.

Unfortunately, I glanced at several reviews indicating that this book had a “bad ending” so that was kind of looming in the back of my mind the entire time I was reading. I wish I hadn’t seen those statements because: a) it's untrue; and b) endings for mystery books are entirely subjective! I found the ending more than satisfactory and I particularly enjoyed that it wasn’t a last-page reveal, but rather the author took their time to let us process the conclusion from the protagonist’s POV.

Overall, Small Favors was a solid 4.25 out of 5 for me. A great weekend diversion. I would recommend it, particularly if you can read it at the same time with a friend.

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  • Sarah
  • 25-10-2021

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Wow! Creepy and a bit too real. The performance was fantastic!! The accents were lovely! I would highly recommend this listen.

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  • Cassandra Durham
  • 18-10-2021

Creepy and claustrophobic!

The author does a phenomenal job of turning a sunny, picturesque valley into a claustrophobic tinderbox with dark creatures always looming at the edges.
My only complaints were the typical YA romance ending and the way the narrator voiced Sadie, the youngest sister. she sounds just like Louise from Bob's Burgers, which isn't too fitting for a creepy story

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  • Wendy
  • 21-09-2021

Decent creepy story

I liked the book. It didn’t blow my mind or make it to my favorites for this year but it was enjoyable. The mystery was good and I liked the main character. You see her grow throughout the book. Overall a great dark fairy tale.

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  • Corinne
  • 27-07-2021

Utterly absorbing, enchanting and eerily haunting.

I read this in hardback form and loved it so much I grabbed an audible copy too. Small Favors is set in Amity Falls, a small isolated village surrounded by a towering forest. The story begins with Ellerie Downing and her family’s bees. When only a wounded horse returns without the supply party things become increasingly sinister. I honestly couldn’t put it down. The descriptions of the village, the community and the personalities of each character are written so that they spring to life. I could picture everything I was reading and at times did so from behind my hands. It was as bewitching as a fairy tale should be, I was equally enchanted and haunted. Totally absorbed, I read the book within 2 days. I highly recommend Small Favors, definitely a 5* I would rate higher if I could.

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  • Alexandria.Dundas
  • 19-08-2021

I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND

I loved every bit of this story. the performance was fantastic, the plot and story, mesmerising. Erin Craig is a master storyteller.

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