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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
Published 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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Liz
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I think I'm getting tired of psychological thrillers. I just cant seem to get excited by any of them lately. Precious You is a generational power struggle between Katherine, a 41 year old editor and Lily, her intern and the niece of the new owner of the magazine. The chapters alternate between the perspective of the two. Katherines chapters are told in second person, which I always find is a little unsettling and creepy. Lilys are told in first person.

Katherine is made out as totally old
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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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Brandy
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
W.T.F!! Where in the hell do I even begin? To say it bluntly, Precious You, is one of the most beautifully fucked up books Ive read. Lets just say if You, Single White Female and Fatal Attraction had a love child - it would be Precious You. There were times when I felt my head was actually spinning of the madness that ensues throughout this read. Im happy to say, Precious You, earns a well deserved 5 stars. ...more
Mandy White
Holy Moly! What did I just read? That was one crazy, crazy thrill ride. I was not sure about this book when I first started it, the writing style threw me a bit. But at about 100 pages in, Precious You had me hook, line and sinker.

The story of 2 women and different points of their lives and careers. It is a story of revenge, of the struggle for power, of female relationships, jealously and generation gaps. At some points neither woman was very likeable and then at other points I felt sorry for
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The Nerd Daily
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Marta Paraschiv

Precious You focuses on Katherine, an experienced editor who had recently returned to work after taking a break because of mental health issues and upon her return, she has to face a new management. Besides her worries about not being able to impress her new boss, she also becomes concerned about Lilythe young, vibrant, and creative intern who is always one step ahead of her. Lily seems to possess everything Katherine wants,
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Marta :}
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, arcs
Precious You focuses on Katherine, an experienced editor who had recently returned to work after taking a break because of mental health issues and upon her return, she has to face a new management. Besides her worries about not being able to impress her new boss, she also becomes concerned about Lilythe young, vibrant, and creative intern who is always one step ahead of her. Lily seems to possess everything Katherine wants, everything that she is lacking in and also seems to try to sabotage her ...more
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**3.5 stars**

Precious You by Helen Monks Takhar. (2020).

**Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a free advance readers copy of this novel; due to be published 23 March 2020**

At first Katherine dismisses her young intern as a millennial 'snowflake': soft, entitled, moralistic. But Lily's youth and beauty remind her of everything she once was and she finds herself obsessing about Lily. Is she jealous of Lily's potential? Or
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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.
Jenny (Bookbookowl)
Thank you so much to HQ Fiction for providing me with a copy of Precious You, in exchange for an honest review!



Katherine feels as though life has passed her by, in her forties, she misses everything she had in her twenties, whilst writing anyone in the younger age bracket off as a millennial snowflake. When she meets Lily, an intern on her way up in the magazine company Katherine is the editor for, she has warring feelings of wanting to dismiss her as a soft, entitled brat, while secretly being
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Elle♣
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
*Thank you to the author and Netgalley for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

2 stars

From the first line, I couldn't help but compare this book to Caroline Kepnes' "You" and for me, this felt like a watered-down female-driven version of "You." I'm hard to please when it comes to thrillers and even if I wasn't to have made the comparisons to another book it wouldn't have made me enjoy this one any more. I struggled to find sense in the motives and what was drawing the main
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Cre8ive_Nicky
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy shit. That was...

Review to come.
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 bosss 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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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
Brittany
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Precious You... where do I start?
This was 3.5/4 stars for me.

This story is told from Katherines point of view (in second person) which is a bit creepy and gives me You/Joe Goldberg vibes- a 41 year old top leadership editor, who is content with her partner of 20 years and their open relationship, loves being an editor and bossing her millennial interns around, constantly calling them lazy, entitled snowflakes, lives with depression, a dark past, an eating disorder and substance abuse.

It is also
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Patricia Zashkoff
I couldn't put this book down. It's a story of obsession and revenge. Katherine is a 41year old journalist working for the same publication for over 20 years. Lily is a 23 year old intern, whose aunt owns the magazine and gives her the run of the place. Lily is ambitious and wants to run everything. Her aunt is impressed with her forward thinking ideas and about how she wants to bring the publication into the modern era. This does not sit well with Katherine but she is drawn to Lily's youth and ...more
Jackie
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
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
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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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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Cressida McLaughlin
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant, brilliant book!
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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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 bosss 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.
...more
Brittany
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Precious You... where do I start?
This was 3.5/4 stars for me.

This story is told from Katherines point of view (in second person) which is a bit creepy and gives me You/Joe Goldberg vibes- a 41 year old top leadership editor, who is content with her partner of 20 years and their open relationship, loves being an editor and bossing her millennial interns around, constantly calling them lazy, entitled snowflakes, lives with depression, a dark past, an eating disorder and substance abuse.

It is also
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darin chew
I received this copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review

Precious You by Helen Monks Takhar is a generational power struggle between Katherine, a 41 year old editor and Lily, her 24 year old intern and the niece of the new owner of the magazine.

The chapters alternate between the perspective of the two. Katherines chapters are told in second person. Lilys are told in first person.

It didnt really hold my interest tho. I felt it was a little too toxic stereotypical characters. Some
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Nik's Nook
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its 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 depression ...more
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
BooksnPugs
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this! It is a creepy, paranoia story with a few twists! The two main characters are great, each having their issues as it turns out. I won this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Sarah Waldron
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The cover of this book is what initially caught my attention. Who doesnt 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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