Book Review : Precious Thing by Colette McBeth

April 10, 2014 Book review 6 ★★★½

When I see books that hint at unreliable narrators I’m all over them.  I love trying to tease out what’s reality and what’s an illusion and this book is a good of example of just that.  It’s a little bit dark, a little bit twisty and a whole lot gripping.

Precious Thing by Colette McBeth
Published by Headline on 10 Apr 2014
Genres: Fiction, Mystery & Detective, Suspense, Thrillers
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Bookbridgr

Remember the person you sat next to on your first day at school? Still your best friend? Or disappeared from your life for good? Some friendships fizzle out. Rachel and Clara promised theirs would last for ever.

They met when Rachel was the new girl in class and Clara was the friend everyone wanted. Now in their late twenties Rachel has everything while Clara’s life is spiralling further out of control. Then Clara vanishes.

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


First Line of Precious Thing :

“Officially, I don’t think of you anymore.”

My Thoughts on Precious Thing :

This is one of those books that before you settle down with it, you need to make sure you have lots of free time on your hands.  As you will want to keep reading and unravelling.  The narrator warns you early on that:

“The mind plays tricks.  So does the memory.  What we see is not necessarily how things are.”

So you know not to take anything at face value and you know you need to sort things out in your own mind and not just follow meekly along the path set out by the narrator.  I figured out very early what I thought was happening and I was nearly but not 100% right.  This didn’t take in any way from the book for me though as I was gripped by it.

The main character – Rachel – is complex.  I didn’t love her but I was intrigued by her.  She seems to have her life sorted and when you find out about her less than ideal start in life, you have to admire her for what she has achieved.  She has a great job as a TV news reporter, is happily engaged and seems to be thriving in life.  Until it all goes horribly wrong when she has to report a news story about a missing woman who was once her best friend.

Clara – the missing woman – is someone we learn about through flashbacks and through the police investigation.  And what we find out about her is that she isn’t the nicest of persons.  She is manipulative and needy.  Their friendship as children is unusual but believable.  I can see how fascinated Rachel is by Clara and how grateful that finally that someone finally wants to be friends with her.

As the plot moves in, Rachel gets implicated more and more into Clara’s disappearance and as a reader it becomes a race to the finish as you need to know what happens.  And why it happens.  And how it happens.  But mostly why.

A huge plus is I loved the writing.  The imagery and language used all move the plot forward and pull you further into the book.  This is a book equivalent of a nightmare – things change rapidly, often disorientate you and terrible things can and do happen.  And I can’t really say anymore than that as I’m terrified of accidently including a spoiler.

Overall I really liked this one.  The plot isn’t overly unpredictable but the pace and characters make this an exciting read.  So don’t expect a twist-fest but do expect an attention-grabbing and entertaining read.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: three-half-stars


Who should read Precious Thing?

I’d recommend this to fans of psychological thrillers.  If you like gripping reads with twisty characters then you should check this one out.  Fans of Gone Girl, Before I go to Sleep and How to Be A Good Wife should also enjoy.

Thanks to Headline and BookBridgr for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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6 Responses to “Book Review : Precious Thing by Colette McBeth”

  1. Charleen

    I need to pick this up! I haven’t read Gone Girl (bad previous experience with the author otherwise I’m sure I would have snatched it up immediately), but I loved Before I Go to Sleep and I have How to Be a Good Wife on my TBR.
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    • trish

      I love unreliable narrators so this was fun. By the way, after you check out How To Be A Good Wife, make sure you look up the website for it. The author only set it up recently but it gives you a bit to think about once you have read the book.

    • trish

      I’m a sucker for unreliable narrators. You have to be on your guard from page 1 but they really are impossible to put down!

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