I know her inside out. I know what she's thinking, I know what she wants. So I can't give up on her, she knows I never will.
Some friendships fizzle out. Rachel and Clara promised theirs would last forever.
They met in high school when Rachel was the shy, awkward new girl and Clara was the friend everyone wanted. Instantly, they fell under one another's spell and nothing would be the same again. Now in their late twenties Rachel has the television career, the apartment and the boyfriend, while Clara's life is spiraling further out of control. Yet despite everything, they remain inextricably bound. Then Rachel's news editor assigns her to cover a police press conference, and she is shocked when she arrives to learn that the subject is Clara, reported missing. Is it abduction, suicide or something else altogether?
Imagine discovering something about your oldest friend that forces you to question everything you've shared together. The truth is always there. But only if you choose to see it. In Colette McBeth's Precious Thing.
"Starred Review. Debut author McBeth's Gone Girlstyle psychological thriller will be a widespread hit for fans of dark drama with questionable narrators, including S. J. Watson's Before I Go to Sleep (2011), Sabine Durrant's Under Your Skin (2013), and Karen Perry's The Innocent Sleep (2014)." - Booklist
"McBeth imbues her characters with layers upon hidden layers, keeping readers guessing until the end." - Publishers Weekly
"A darkly fraught friendship lies at the heart of this spellbinding thriller." - Kirkus
Reviews from the UK, where published in 2013
"[A] cleverly crafted tale... If you're a fan of Gone Girl, you'll love this." - Sunday Mirror
"A provocative and intriguing debut that will leave you questioning how well you know your own childhood friends." - Jilliane Hoffman
"'Draws you into the dark side of friendship with breath-taking skill - this gripping thriller had me hooked from the start." - Sarah Rayner, author of One Moment, One Morning
"'An intriguing debut' - Sun
"A great debut, menacing, gripping and full of twists and surprises...This is one of those incredibly compelling stories that simply drags you along, whether you like it or not. Highly recommended." - Lovereading.co.uk
"Precious Thing is one of my top five books of 2013. Truthfully, I would go on for hours about what I loved about this psychologically disturbing, thoroughly readable, cleverly written book." - Fabulousmag.co.uk
"Keep your eyes peeled this summer for an astonishing new talent... Gone Girl but with a Brit voice." - David Mark, author of Dark Winter
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Rated of 5
Cynthia C. (Peekskill, NY)
I found this to be a very enjoyable psychological thriller and mystery. Written as a series of letters to her best friend, the point of view is obviously very narrow, which as some have pointed out, can make for an unreliable narrator. And that, to me, is what made it so interesting. There were numerous twists & turns in the plot and as the story went on, it got darker and darker.
I will certainly be looking for more from Ms. McBeth.
Rated of 5
Wendy W. (Ann Arbor, MI)
Rough start, but smooth finish
I had a hard time getting into this book. The literary device of writing the story as if it is a letter to somebody took me while to get used to. However, what starts as a pedestrian missing person story eventually turns into an intriguing psychological thriller with a twisty conclusion.
Rated of 5
Wendy R. (Pewaukee, Wisconsin)
Sure of your Best Friend?
Even when you think you know your best friend, have shared poignant moments and would do anything for her, life has a way of surprising you. Whether you were blinded by love for her, never asked the right questions or thought silence speaks volumes, this book will take you down a path you never expected. I was smitten from the beginning wondering how well I knew my best friend. The plot twists and turns into darkness with plenty of psychological intrigue. I would highly recommend to book clubs for thought provoking discussion. Is she really your best friend or are you being used at all costs, even human life.
Rated of 5
Gail I. (Delray Beach, FL)
Comparisons aside to Gone Girl, this book has a unique style and will be one you cannot put down. I like books about friendship and how people change over the years. I found it to be an interesting novel.
Rated of 5
Teresa H. (Mechanicsville, VA)
If I had the option I would give this 2.5 stars. It is slightly more deserving than a 2 if for no other reason it held my interest to the end. This book is so full of twists and turns that I was never sure what was real or imagined and felt rather off-kilter until the end. I kept comparing it to The Other Typist as I was reading it except I found the characters in Precious Thing to be fairly contrived and unbelievable overall.
Rated of 5
Pamela F. (Grants Pass, OR)
Wish I had read this before Gone Girl
This book drove me crazy. I did not like the main character or the narrative style. The craziness of the "friendship" drove me crazy. I, however, kept reading for all the plot twists and turns. Gone Girl is a read alike I am pretty sure. But it is a better book. Maybe I would have liked this one better had I read it first. Although I had a hard time finishing this, I did want to know how it ended and there is something to be said for that.
Colette McBeth was a BBC TV Crime Reporter for ten years. She lives in West London with her husband and three young children. She attended the Faber Academy Novel Writing Course in 2011. Precious Thing is her first novel. Visit her at colettemcbeth.com.
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