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Precious Thing

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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...more
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...more
    (I don't normally say this, but I feel the need to point out that this is more of a 2.5-star book. I've given far better books than this three stars; but it's also not quite bad enough to deserve two.)

    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 u...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...more
    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...more
    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).
    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...more
    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 Sister Before I Go To Sleep Gone Girl Close My Eyes

    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...more
    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...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...more
    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
    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
    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
    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...more
    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...more
    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...more
    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...more
    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
    Tracey Walsh
    “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.”
    Page one of ‘Review Writing for Dummies’ would tell you never to use clichés like ‘a real page turner’, ‘unputdownable’ and ‘a rollercoaster read’ – but what do you do when you read a book that surpasses all of those and cries out for more?
    The breathless pace of this story, written in the form of a letter from one old...more
    Precious Thing is one of the books that have been buried in a huge TBR pile for months and I can't believe I waited so long to read it. A tale of two friends who were once very close and then something happens that drives them apart. The story jumps forward and backward in time, each time it switched I was left needing to know what happened next. The twists are all the way through, some I saw. Most I didn't.
    There is much to I want to say, but need to keep back. This is one of those books you de...more
    Twisty. Like peeling an onion layer by layer - only to find an apple underneath it all. Kept me guessing and definitely held my attention.
    Julie Ma
    An interesting insight into what goes on behind the scenes when you see some poor windswept reporter chatting away to the sleek newsreader on screen (the story about the earwax will stay with me for some time!)

    Little bit of bad luck for the author that a number of similarly-themed books around at the same time but suppose that in our modern world, we should have equal rights for women to be psychopaths as much as men! An exciting read that keeps you guessing which is exactly what you need in a t...more
    You can find my full review here:

    Loved this book so much!
    It's really difficult to talk about the plot of Precious Thing without giving anything away, and to give away some of the most important parts of the story would be to spoil it completely for other readers - I can't do that, so I won't.

    Lets say this is a story about two women; Clara and Rachel met at school and their friendship continued through the years. Clara has disappeared, and Rachel is worried. Her worry changes over the course of the story, as she begins to learn more and more things abo...more
    Amy Lignor
    This spellbinding debut is a cat-and-mouse game that remains a mystery right to the end. Although readers will nod their heads a great many times, believing they know exactly how the plot will play out, this author proves them wrong with every page.

    Two girls meet in high school. Clara is the popular one and Rachel is extremely timid, but takes to Clara right away. Becoming inseparable in their youth, things change mightily when school is over and they face their futures.

    Rachel is now a televisi...more
    Precious Thing, the debut novel from Colette Mcbeth, an ex-news correspondent and graduate of the Faber Academy Writing course, whose alumni also include S. J. Watson and Rachel Joyce, is a psychological thriller about the intense friendships that teenage girls can form and what can happen when the pressures of adult life intrude.

    When Rachel, chubby and awkward, started a new school and was immediately taken under the wing of the ice-cool and unattainable Clara, the pair became inseparable. Fast...more
    Lisa Miller Chandler

    I was immediately drawn to this book because of the idea of a sister like, lifelong friend. I loved Rachel's flash backs to the past and how she & Clara grew up & grew to be the best of friends. She described Clara in a very negative way to be such good buddies though. I was first curious about that and could not read fast enough because I was so curious to know what would happen next. I did notice, and get aggravated, that in Rachel's long letter (the book) to Clara that she seem...more
    This debut thriller by Colette McBeth tells the story of a dark and twisted friendship between Rachel and Clara that began when they were teenagers. This book is told in a second person point of view that I didn’t particularly like because I thought it made it hard to follow the story, but it was still a good book.

    Clara and Rachel were best friends throughout their school years, but when Clara turns 18 something happens that she isn’t able to handle and she has a breakdown. She is sent to a psyc...more
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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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