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4.2 out of 5 stars 164 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (10 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472205952
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472205957
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Colette McBeth delivers twists and shocks with superb timing. An impressive debut' (The Times)

'An excellent storyteller... Precious Thing is more than deserving of a place on the modern thriller bookshelf' (Sunday Express)

'An interesting and original page-turner' (Literary Review)

'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)

'A cleverly crafted tale... If you're a fan of Gone Girl, you'll love this' (Sunday Mirror)

'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)

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A searing portrayal of a vivid bond of love - and hate - between friends. PRECIOUS THING is the perfect psychological thriller debut for any fan of GONE GIRL

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By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 July 2013
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For me, the test of a good book is one which reaches out, grabs you and does not let you go until you have finished reading. When I saw PRECIOUS THING listed on the latest Vine programme, I decided to order it because I was hoping for an easy, but engaging read. And, ultimately that is exactly what I found.

The story is narrated by Rachel. In her late twenties, she has become a successful career woman. Working as a journalist, she appears to have everything; a loving relationship, a nice flat and her work. But, when she attends a press conference to cover the story of a missing woman, she is shocked to find that the missing woman is her best friend. From there things start to fall apart, as she learns more and more truth behind a lifetime of lies.

McBeth's writing style is easy to become absorbed in. Although I will not claim that this book did not have some problems and parts of the story were easily guessed, you can't help but become tangled up with Rachel and what she has to say. Like many thrillers, one of the most recurring themes of the book is the question about how well any of us know those around us. Also, how do you define truth? Which version of events is the true version? So, although this is not exactly breaking new ground or highly original, at least McBeth manages to pull it off, the result being a story which keeps you intrigued.
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I had heard many good things about the book but I have to admit I did struggle through the first half - I enjoyed the second half more as I thought the author was doing something rather subtly brilliant with the characterisations - or maybe that was wishful thinking.

That said, hands in the air, this is not the sort of book I would normally read so I'm not the intended audience and I'm not sure I'd rush back to read the next one - but I can see it being enjoyed by many people and the style was very easy to read - perhaps too easy, it's brilliance may have washed right over my head...

In the end it just didn't challenge me enough.
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There are so many good,well-written psychological thrillers out there at the moment,that it's becoming a bit difficult to find one where the twists aren't easy to spot! This was an enjoyable and,at times intriguing read,but I was hoping for one or two more surprising revelations in the last chapters,and the ending was rather disappointing. The media presenter background reminded me a little of Sabine Durrant's "Under Your Skin". And why on earth is the front cover emblazoned with the words: "Don't believe a word she says..." Why reveal one of the plot elements like that? Very strange decision.
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Wow!
That’s all I can say about this book. It is absolutely fantastic.
Precious Thing tells the story of Rachel and Clara – lifelong friends and keepers of each other’s secrets. They met when Rachel was the new girl at school and since then have been inseparable. Rachel has got it all, she’s a big shot TV reporter, has a nice flat and of course a gorgeous boyfriend whilst Clara’s life is beginning to unravel. When Clara goes missing, Rachel ends up questioning everything she once thought about her friend. Can we really know everything about our best friend?
This book was just insanely good. I read it in just one afternoon, not able to put it down for one second. It hooks you in, sinks its claws into you and won’t let go even after you’ve turned the last page. Precious Thing explores so many intriguing themes, the main one being friendship, and each one is explored in such detail.
The friendship between Rachel and Clara was a suffocating one – it was a really intense relationship which made for compelling reading. Rachel was a really interesting protagonist and throughout the novel I was on her side, struggling to see why someone like Clara should even be considered a friend. Likewise, I disliked Clara and was rooting for her to be found out! The character development in this novel is, well, it’s remarkable. By the end of the book, the characters seem so far removed from the ones we met in the beginning – it was incredibly well written.
McBeth, for a debut author, has got the pacing down to a fine art. It can sometimes be difficult to get the pace of a thrilling novel right, it either ends up moving too quickly or has some peaks and troughs of pure thrills and then moments of dullness! What McBeth does in Precious Thing is flawless.
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I loved a lot of the descriptive writing in this novel but I didn't like the author's decision to address the novel to another character ('you walked into the room') which became very tedious. I found the main character unappealing, and her relationships with the other characters were unconvincing. My main problem was with the plot. The major twists were obvious from a long way off, and there was one frankly unnecessary twist that I found hard to believe. I would read another book by this author as this definitely had its good points and I'd like to see how she develops as a writer.
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This didn't draw me into the storyline one bit, it seemed to have the effect of plodding through mud but I did carry on with it. However, got to about 50% then I just started skimming over the pages to about 90% just to read what the ending would be, found the book all in all to be a bit of a slog, certainly not a page turner.

The only good thing was I only paid 99p for it and I would not rush to read another book from this author.
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