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Precious Thing

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  1,230 ratings  ·  273 reviews
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 wou
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Minotaur Books (first published July 30th 2013)
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My story start on a Monday morning in January- because it's the obvious place to begin. I used to think, 'Oh that was the day when everything changed'...but of course it's never that simple. The seeds of what happened then were planted years before.

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It was best friends at first sight the day Rachel and Clara met in grade school. Clara- confident beautiful and popular. Rachel- overweight, drab and quiet. Two very different girls...but Oh so close. Years later things couldn't get much better for R
I had a bad reading experience just before picking this up, and wanted something easy to read, gripping but non-taxing, that could be devoured quickly: a palate-cleanser, if you will. So obviously, I headed straight for one of the crop of female-orientated psychological thrillers that have sprung up in the wake of Gone Girl's success. Precious Thing is the debut novel of Colette McBeth, a former BBC News correspondent, and it sticks firmly to the template of this sub-genre - an unreliable narrat ...more
Thank you Minotaur Books for the privilege of reading Precious Thing in e-galley prior to its March 2014 release.

Today you'd call them BFF. Rachel and Clara were just that, friends for life as only children can believe. Rachel viewed Clara as the most precious thing in her life. They were as one until something comes between them, splitting them apart, causing wounds difficult to heal. But like a true friend the adult Rachel tries to regain what she and Clara once had. Agreeing to meet her lost
Liz Wilkins
First of all a huge thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book to review.

Rachel and Clara meet at school and form an unshakeable bond. Best friends, they know everything there is to know about each other...or do they? Years later Rachel is a successful tv reporter with a loving boyfriend and a great life, while Clara has not had such a happy time of it. When Clara goes missing Rachel begins to question everything she thought she knew about her best friend.....

I loved this very
Dawn G
Let me start off by saying that I have not read Gone Girl to which this book has been compared. If I had, perhaps my impression of this book would be different, in which direction I am not sure. As it stands, I really enjoyed this book, even though I could have enjoyed it just a little bit more. It was clear from the beginning that "things are not what they seem" and that theme prevailed throughout the entire book, all the way to ending that left me shaking my head. It is the head shaking and on ...more
I think comparing this book to Gone Girl is what made me disappointed with it. I thought Gone Girl was phenomenal, so I was expecting something full of unreliable narrators and plot twists and twisted characters. Precious Thing is not nearly so tightly plotted, and the characters are definitely twisted but lack the charisma of Gillian Flynn's. It's not that this is a bad book, it just tries too hard and doesn't deliver.

Rachel is a news anchor, and by a cruel stroke of chance she ends up reportin
Wow an amazing, unexpected and engaging read. It is a story of secrets and a twisted friendship, set in Brighton. Clara goes missing and Rachel, her reporter best friend become caught up in the drama.

I love how we got into the mind of Rachel and saw the friendship develop. The school flashbacks seemed very realistic and fun. I am a big fans of books set in Brighton, which I know inside out. I was jumping up and down with excitement recognising all the Brighton roads and places. I even texted my
4.5 stars. Very well done "Gone Girl-ish" psychological drama with tidbits parceled out bit by bit as the book progresses. You know from the get-go that the narrator is not all trustworthy and have no idea where it's going but it's unexpected.

Good for anyone who liked GONE GIRL (Flynn), BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP (Watson) and CLOSE MY EYES (McKenzie).
Mike Gabor
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
Rachel and Carla became best friends when they were 14. It was an odd pairing - perpetual new girl and outsider Rachel with confident and popular Carla - but it worked and they were inseparable. Fast forward another fourteen years and their roles have reversed, with successful TV journalist Rachel being shocked to file a news report that the now troubled Carla is missing.

Told as a letter to Carla both now and in the past as the search for her continues, Rachel describes their friendship from the
Gerri Leen
So you know when you're reading a book that has really captured you? You know something's not right and that you're dealing with a very unreliable narrator, but that's okay. Because you read Gone Girl and you probably saw this book compared to it and so you keep reading and thinking about it when you're not reading. What could the secret be? Where will the plot go?

And then, about 90% in (if you've got a Kindle that is nice enough to tell you when it all goes south), you realize that all that sus
Cleo Bannister
How can friends that have shared so many important moments recapture that closeness after circumstances have separated them? This is the root of the question that Rachel asks herself when her best friend returns home after an absence of seven years. Clara’s return to Brighton came after Rachel was already a successful crime reporter for television. Living in London with the man of her dreams she is perturbed that the previous closeness they’d shared was hard to recapture but she still classed Cl ...more
Lori L (She Treads Softly)

Precious Thing by Colette McBeth is a psychological thriller that is highly recommended.

It is September 2007 and Rachel Walsh begins writing a letter to her very best friend, Clara O'Connor, in the opening of Precious Thing by Colette McBeth. Then the narrative jumps back in time to January 21st, the day Rachel, a news reporter living in London, travels to Brighton to cover the disappearance of a 28-year-old woman. Unbeknownst to Rachel, the missing woman turns out to be Clara, her childhood bes
Therin Knite
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Melissa Rochelle
Feb 03, 2014 Melissa Rochelle rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Melissa Rochelle by: Robin
Fantastic psychological thriller. The friendship of Rachel and Clara is filled with long held secrets -- slowly their story unfolds and it is full of twists. A true page-turner, as soon as I started reading I didn't want to put it down.

Definitely check this one out if you're a fan of any of these:

Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes Sister by Rosamund Lupton Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie

Three and a half stars: A compelling psychological read that doesn't quite pan out.

Rachel is frantic with worry. Her best friend, Clara, disappeared last Friday after missing their scheduled meet up. Rachel and Clara have been best friends for years, they were inseparable and their shared everything. As Rachel tries to find her friend, she is forced to confront the past and the secrets that are long buried. The more she digs, the more muddled things become, until fingers are pointing at her. Is
A dark and brittle mystery filled with secrets, murder, jealousy and a twisted plot to seek revenge, Precious Thing by Colette McBeth weaves such a twisted path that the final resolution is not easy to arrive at ahead of time. Clara and Rachel met in school and the bond they forged went beyond best friends and confidants. They held nothing back, always trusting in each other, no matter what. But did they truly know everything about each other? Although they grew up to lead completely different l ...more
Bill Kupersmith
Forget about comparisons with Gone Girl; publishers & booksellers are in business to make money & so long as the many readers are unadventurous & want to read the same bestseller or a knockoff, that’s what readers be offered. Precious Thing is not @ all like Gone Girl, except that the characters aren’t exactly too tightly wrapped mentally. Our narrator is a television crime reporter, which means she acts poised whilst having a Force 12 meltdown, & the victim apparently is her BFF ...more
So here we go with yet another book compared to Gillian Flynn's brilliant "Gone Girl" It is absolutely nothing like Flynn's book, which was excellent in plot, characterisation and writing. This is definitely not.

Rachel, a television reporter is sent to Brighton to cover the disappearance of a young woman; Rachel discovers, to her horror, that Clara, the missing woman is her "best friend". Does Rachel tell anyone? Does she report this to the police? Does she tell them that she, Rachel, was at the
Wow!! What can I say, I loved this book. From the outset it had me hooked with the interaction between the two central characters, Rachel and Clara. Two very different girls held together by almost a soulmate feeling felt within the both of them. What follows is a slow, beautifully paced tale of how their relationship unfurls both in present and past timelines. Back and forth it goes, drip feeding the reader with titbits of information, enough to keep us absolutely hooked. Feeling that tension r ...more
Lo que más me ha sorprendido de este libro es la forma de narrarlo usando el estilo epistolar pero sin serlo realmente ya que está dirigido a una de las protagonistas.
Por otro lado, empiezas pensando una cosa y acabas con otra aunque siento en falta no haber profundizado en varios aspectos para entender mejor la historia.
En general, está bien, aunque podría haber estado mucho mejor porque la historia requería mucho más que cómo está narrada.
I know there are the comparisons to,"Gone Girl" and I did see similarities, but I definitely preferred the ending of "Precious Thing". I enjoyed the characters, Clara even reminded me a bit of two friends I had growing up. This book is about revenge, plain & simple. Oh, and maybe a side of manipulation. Very well drawn out characters. Two quotes straight from the book, "We don't see the signs, because we choose not to. We see what we want to see. We're all guilty of that." "Clara is like a G ...more
I was surprised when I started reading this book that I simply couldn't put it down! It's one of those dark suspense thrillers that you can't put down. The 2 central characters in the book, Clara and Rachel, were well formed and the plot was thick with dark images. When the author wrote about the surroundings you felt like you were there. I loved it! I've always been fond of psychological thrillers and this book hit it out of the park for me. I liked how the relationship developed between Rachel ...more
Renita D'Silva
One of the best psychological thrillers I have had the pleasure of reading. Kept me on tenterhooks. Could not put this book down. Brilliant.
Beste Freundinnen

Während der Schulzeit mit dreizehn oder vierzehn lernen sich Rachel und Clara kennen. Sie werden unzertrennlich, die etwas dickliche und unscheinbare Rachel und Clara, mit der eigentlich jeder befreundet sein möchte. Gerade Rachel ist es, die es schafft. Viele Jahre später hat Rachel es geschafft, die überflüssigen Pfunde loszuwerden und sich zur anerkannten TV-Reporterin zu mausern. Nach einem langen Aufenthalt im Ausland ist Clara nach England zurückgekehrt. Die Freundinnen mö
Rachel and Clara have been friends from school when Rachel was the shy chubby newcomer and Clara was the girl everyone wanted to be friends with. Things have changed over the years. Rachel is now a successful news reporter with the perfect life and boyfriend. But the one thing that has not changed is her friendship with Clara. Then Clara disappears and Rachel is determined to do everything she can to find her. But when it is learned that Rachel’s boyfriend has also disappeared, the stakes are ev ...more
Trish at Between My Lines
3.5 stars

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.

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
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 he
Margaret Madden
4.5 stars

Thanks to for the review copy of this novel.......

Best friends share everything. Gossip, clothes, secrets and memories. Taste in music, movies and sometimes even boys. But can they know each other so completely that they would trust each other with anything? Can there ever be doubts within their friendship? Rachel and Clara have been best friends since primary school. A deep bond developed between them instantly and bordered on obsession. Rarely apart, they experienced th
Angela Oatham
Book Review for Precious Thing by Colette McBeth
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This book has been compared to Gone Girl in many reviews I have read. For reasons I won’t go in to here I didn’t enjoy the aforementioned book but I certainly did enjoy this one.
I don’t think there’s one character in this book that I didn’t suspect of something bad at some point or other. I really couldn’t work out who had done what to who and when. In the end I sat back and let the story of Rachel and Clara take me o
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Colette McBeth had been a BBC News reporter for 10 years when she won a place on the Faber Academy Writing a Novel course and started her first book, Precious Thing. She lives in London with her husband and three children but dreams of being beside the seaside.
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