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Precious You

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  29 reviews
An obsessive power struggle between an editor and her millennial intern turns dangerous in this debut psychological thriller--for readers of Luckiest Girl Alive and You.

Trusting you was my first mistake.

To Katherine, twenty-four-year-old Lily Lunt is a typical "snowflake." Soft, entitled, unflaggingly earnest, the privileged, politically correct millennial will do whatever
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Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by Random House
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    Michelle
    Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Re-fucking-joice! This book was brilliant!

    Katherine is a 41 year old Generation-X-er that is the lead editor at Leadership magazine. Recently coming back to work under new owners after a bout of depression she is feeling a little less sure of herself than she used to. Gone are the days of her youth.

    In walks Lily.

    Lily, the lovely millennial whose aunt has purchased the Leadership arrives and she comes equipped with confidence and plenty of ideas that only serve to remind Katherine of just how
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    Fran
    Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    "I wanted to show up [at work] looking just-pressed, but edgy and not desperate to fit into the new corporate regime I was facing...in my heart, I knew I hadn't been 'fixed'. The beige cloud was lying in wait to blow in again." Katherine was editor-in-chief at Leadership Magazine. After a ten month medical leave, she was returning to work. New publisher Gemma Lunt, determined to update the magazine, was attempting "a reboot" to address the downturn in readership. Katherine, a 20 year career ...more
    Sarah
    All the stars! This book is unputdownable. I don't know when I last read a psychological thriller this compelling and unpredictable.

    Precious You is the story of 41-year-old Gen X-er Katherine Ross, and her new 24-year-old Millennial intern Lily Lunt. Katherine is recently back to work at the magazine she's worked at for two decades, after a long bout of depression. The magazine has just come under new ownership, and as the niece of the new owner, Lily has scored a plum internship, which sets
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    Cat
    Jan 27, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    This is a very timely story based on a 41-year old editor of a slowly dying magazine and her 24-year old intern, who sure seems to have an ulterior motive.
    Katherine has dedicated 20 years to Leadership Magazine; on top of her game, intelligent, desirable and very successful strong-willed woman. Lily is the big boss’s niece; a manipulative yet sincere and truly likable young lady.
    As their slow dance of deception begins, it seems realistic that they have so much in common and can be friends.
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    Octavia (ReadsWithDogs)
    "This kept happening: something from your lot I immediately dismissed as a pile of shit, until I thought about it, and saw it really wasn't."

    This was an interesting story of a millennial and Gen X er in a catch-or-be-caught type of high-speed workplace.
    Katherine and Lily were fascinating to read about because everyone knows people just like them and I could fit them into reality without having to think about it. Katherine is jaded and prejudiced against younger folks (aka Lily) coming in and
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    Jackie
    Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    I won this in a goodreads giveaway! Very interesting especially given societies recent conversations regarding the different generations and how the react and respond to one another
    Jamie beauty_andthebook_
    Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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    Cat
    Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This is a very timely story based on a 41-year old editor of a slowly dying magazine and her 24-year old intern, who sure seems to have an ulterior motive.
    Katherine has dedicated 20 years to Leadership Magazine; on top of her game, intelligent, desirable and very successful strong-willed woman. Lily is the big boss’s niece; a manipulative yet sincere and truly likable young lady.
    As their slow dance of deception begins, it seems realistic that they have so much in common and can be friends.
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    Ms C Bruen
    Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
    This was an interesting read and went places I didn't quite see coming. One of the things I liked about the book was that all of the main characters were unlikeable. Obviously, I like novels where the characters are likeable, but sometimes it's nice to go against the grain.

    Katherine is bitter and needs to own her age, her experience and what she has in her life rather than pining for her youth. She's a woman who wants to be respected but also refuses to grow up and seems to be a perpetual
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    Laura
    Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
    An obsessive power struggle between an editor and her millennial intern turns dangerous in this debut psychological thriller--for readers of Luckiest Girl Alive and You.

    Love love loved this book! It was a creepy psychological thriller without the scary edge (so if you don't like scary thrillers, than this might be a good option for you). Helen's writing style left me constantly feeling bad for Katherine, because no one believed or trusted her. The people around her kept believing that she was
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    Ema
    Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it
    This was a creepy one that did an excellent job of looking into all the extremes we can see in relationships between different generations, and the way that both paranoia and gaslighting can work. (view spoiler) While I did race through the last quarter to get to ...more
    Cressida McLaughlin
    Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Brilliant, brilliant book!
    Mike Burke
    Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    There should be a disclaimer: do not read if in need of sleep!

    I couldn't put this book down, which was unfortunate as I'm sick and could use the sleep. That said, wouldn't have traded this roller coaster ride for eight buckets of cough medicine. I haven't read a book this un-put-down-able in forever!


    It's a creepy, foreboding start that quickly draws you into a labyrinth of plot-twists and percolating suspense. Katherine and Lilly are at opposite ends of their journalism careers: one intent to
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    Tanya Maguire
    Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Wow! This was an awesome ride! Well written, well fleshed out characters and a storyline that grabbed me right from the start. If you like cat and mouse type thrillers this is the book for you. Not sure who was more vile, Katherine or Lilly. Neither were very likable but I couldn't stop reading into both of their lives, I felt like a voyeur if that's how I can describe it. My age is much closer to Katherine's although I couldn't totally relate to her lifestyle I actually started to feel anxiety ...more
    Sarah Waldron
    Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    The cover of this book is what initially caught my attention. Who doesn’t love some neon in their life. Once I read the synopsis I knew I had to give this book a go. Thank you to the author and HQ Stories for this ARC in return for an honest review.

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    Katherine is editor in chief at Leadership magazine, successful and in her forties. Though she has had her struggles in her personal life, she has kept hold of her role and is confident in her abilities as editor; with the help of her
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    Siobhan
    Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Precious You is a obsessive thriller about generation gaps, revenge, and lies. Katherine is an editor in her forties, dealing with a takeover at work and a feeling of being past her prime. When she meets her new twentysomething intern Lily, she dismisses her as another millennial 'snowflake' who doesn't deserve what she's got. However, she also finds herself drawn towards Lily and her youth, and Lily seems interested by her too. A strange rivalry emerges, but neither of them are quite what they ...more
    Nik's Nook
    Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    It’s a battle of the generations in this psychological thriller. Katherine, lead editor of a failing magazine, is feeling all of her forty-one years, coming back to work after a bout with depression to new management. It only gets worse when a 24-year-old intern named Lily is put in charge of working directly with Katherine to revamp her writing. Katherine is immediately untrusting of Lily, but she seems to be the only one. Everyone else is under the "snowflake's" spell. Is Katherine's ...more
    Dawn
    Jan 03, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    This book was compared to Luckiest Girl Alive, which I loved and You, which I hated, so I wasn't sure what I would think when I set off to read this. But strong women, one a Gen-X like me and a millennial, pitted against each other, with drama and backstabbing...I was all in.

    Katherine is a Gen-X who is a fierce woman that is missing her youth and questioning herself at the magazine she works at. Lily, a millennial (said in evil villain ok boomer voice) shows up, as the niece of the woman who
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    Paige Elizabeth
    Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Precious You. Katherine a aging publisher meets her "match" in young intern Lily. To be honest neither of these women were likable. Katherine hated all young fresh snowflajese. Lily thought of the older generation of being sex abusing rascist. This was a cat and mouse game where both ladies were vile and you didn't truly know who to root for. The crazy young obsessive chic or the jagged old school Kat.
    Johnna Whetstone
    Wow, this was a book, not sure if it was good, but sure it was disturbing and I enjoyed every bit of it! Well written, intriguing, and chilling! Loved the glimpses into both minds behind the madness and think the author did am amazing job at creating both so eerily similar, yet completely different! Relevant and life like real! Grab your copy today!
    Will be sure to buzz this up on many different platforms!
    Louise
    Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this book.
    It has some great ideas,two strong females at the lead,even if they're both more than a bit nuts.
    It is a proper power play between them to be top dog.
    However,there were times I could have put the book down and not picked it up again,not caring I didn't find out who won.
    I did pick it up,and I'm glad to have got to the end,having all questions answered and thinking it couldn't have finished better.
    Andrienne
    Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Woke. Timely. Millennials vs Gen X. The animosity is palpable. It’s dripping in these pages. Both main characters are fully fleshed out. I love psych thrillers where the end is not quite the end that an avid psych thriller expects.
    A favorite for 2020. Easily.

    Thanks to the publisher for the advance copy.
    Monnica
    Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This book was absolutely insane.....in the best way possible. Our main characters, Lily and Katherine, are two strong women from two different generations competing with each other no matter what the cost.

    What happens when a woman who was in her prime in the early 2000's starts to fade away when a "Snowflake" swoops in to take her place?

    Nothing good can come of this.
    Morgan Schulman
    Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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    I received an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review

    I loved this one. Very fast paced, had me turning pages as I tore through it – I had to see how it would end. The characters were well rounded and the narrative felt believable. Gave me chills. Solid five
    Donna Foster
    Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    Disturbing
    Shkolnikjx
    Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This was a fascinating thriller with an exciting group of characters. The storyline flow was seamless. Highly recommended.
    Shawna
    Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Great thriller with relatable characters
    Leah
    Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Woah. That was a whirlwind.
    Dennis
    rated it it was ok
    Jan 26, 2020
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