Jessica D. (Bemidji, MN)
I was not particularly fond of this book. It started well but didn't necessarily end that way. I'm not sure if it was the writing style or the story itself, or possibly both, that created some negative vibes for me. Not one of my favorite reads.
Monica G. (San Antonio, TX)
Not Gone Girl
Do yourself a favor. If you've read Gone Girl, put it out of your mind before you start reading this book. There are comparisons, but they're two distinctly, different books. This is a suspense/thriller that will hook you with its smart and solid characters. Rachel and Clara have been friends who appear to have shared everything from the moment they met and became friends, but all is not as it appears to be. It's dark and you can feel there's something "not right" about the relationship between the main characters but you can't quite put your finger on it.
This story has an engrossing plot line told in a simple and effective manner. The ending you think should be happening might not be happening because the twist you thought was the twist wasn't a twist at all! There's no way to elaborate without giving too much away so you'll just have to read it for yourself.
I rated this 4 stars but if halves were available for use, I would probably have rated this 3 and a 1/2 stars.
Barbara F. (Saint Louis, MO)
What Attracts us….
I have reviewed several first impression books, but this one seemed to have garnered the most requests for review..
In other words, we like to read about friendship, intrigue, deception and uncertainty….Read it…..it's fun and offers what it promises…truths about friendship, deception, and uncertainty….
Julie R. (Woodland, CA)
Do you really know your best friend? That is the million dollar question in Precious Thing by Colette McBeth. Rachel, a non-social teenage girl, is befriended by the popular Clara in high school and life changes for her dramatically. Now, in the present day, Rachel is the successful one and Clara is not.
Rachel, a TV reporter, is called to cover a news story of a missing girl. Little did she know that that missing girl is her best friend Clara. Here is where the author captures you, drags you through so many twists and turns that she makes it impossible for you to put down the book. The whole time I was reading Precious Thing the same question kept coming up "How well did Rachel know Clara or even her own boyfriend?" Does anyone really know the people in their lives?
The ending leaves you so surprised that you feel like reading it all over again just to see if you missed a clue.
I loved this book and will be mentioning it to my book club group as a possible future book club read.
Thank you again for allowing me to read and review this fantastic book.
Yvette T. (Boca Raton, FL)
Shades of Gone Girl
This book is well-written, with many turns and twists. I was gripped by the story and read it quickly. When I finished, however, I reflected on the many implausible plot turns that make it impossible for me to give it a 5. This is a psychological thriller that builds to an exciting, though unlikely, ending. If you can forgive these questionable surprises, you are in for a fun read. I will recommend it to friends.
Dawn Z. (Canton, MI)
I prefer character-driven novels, so my impressions reflect that. I thought the writing was good, but the plot drove the story. Unfortunately the plot wasn't all that original. If you like a fast-paced suspense novel, this may be the book for you.
Christine D. (Closter, NJ)
Brilliantly Dark and Chilling
Colette McBeth's Precious Thing is a brilliantly dark and chilling story. It grips you from the very start, wondering how two women (Rachel and Clara) got to this place after being friends for so long. Page by page, chapter by chapter, it all comes together in such a way that will have you looking at your own friendships, wondering if such a thing is possible in your own life. The format for the book, a long letter written by Rachel, is ingenious. It gives great insight into her mind while she recounts different events and reminds the reader that not everyone sees or experiences things the same way. A wonderful debut novel from an author whose work I will be looking out for in the future!