Carol R. (Foster City, CA)
Saw This Coming
I wanted to love this book; the premise was intriguing. About midway through "Precious Thing," I thought I'd figured out the ending. I was right. The plot twists were numerous. In the beginning of the story, they made the story interesting. After a while, the never ending twists just became tiresome and predictable. I started the book twice; I found the author's writing style difficult. Rather than focusing on the story throughout the book, I was distracted by the cadence of the writing. In a beautifully written book, I love being aware of the writing, Sadly, this was not the case with "Precious Thing."
Darlene C. (Simpsonville, SC)
Precious Thing by Colette McBeth
The book begin with an intensity that you can't believe she can maintain. Told in the first person, a newspaper reporter is thrust in front of the camera, unknowingly covering the story of her best friend's disappearance. And then her boyfriend is found dead after being seen on tape with her friend. Seems so simple on the surface, but the twists and turns kept me reading, and the itensity continued to grow. Do I recommend this? WOW, oh yes, and I'm rereading it because it was that good. Lots of discussion points for book clubs. Loved this book.
Elizabeth Klein (Dallas, TX)
Edge of Seat Suspense!
I inhaled this book, just couldn't stop reading once I started. It explores an adolescent friendship that borders on extreme codependency and begins to fall apart in adulthood. Or did it fall apart long before then? Is it friendship or something much darker? I loved the book and will read everything the author writes in the future.
Kathleen W. (New Brighton,, MN)
Is anyone ever who they appear to be?
In this age of social media with seemingly constant self-disclosure, it is wise to remember that families DO hold fast to life altering secrets, often with toxic family fallout. Nowhere is this more evident than in PRECIOUS THING by Collette McBeth. In this debut novel, nothing is exactly as it seems and every character has his/her own definition of what constitutes "the truth" of their individual lives. While the novel's early place moves slower than most readers might be accustomed to, the mystery, midway, begins to gallop toward a totally satisfying ending. I am looking forward to the next McBeth book. This debut author definitely has the makings of a skilled mystery writer. See for yourself!
Betty B. (Irving, TX)
Friendship is a Precious Thing Or Is It
I liked that Precious Thing kept me turning pages wanting to know what happened next. And while there are a few clues along the way, the ending was a surprise to me. So I think the book is well written from that standpoint. However, I never felt as connected to either of the two friends as I would have liked so for me it was an average book.
Marybeth T. (Bellingham, WA)
Kept me guessing.
I liked this book. At first I thought I had it all figured out but I was wrong.It had a lot of twists, which I like. My only complaint is that it wrapped up a little to neatly. I will look forward to more books by this author.
Barbara B. (Holbrook, NY)
This book has it all. Female friendships and their complexities. Do we ever know everything about our friends? It is suspenseful and compelling to read. The author was a BBC crime reporter and if the storyline of this novel is any indication, she knows her stuff. I highly recommend this book.