Precious Thing by Colette McBeth. Read April 2014.

“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 friend to another, gripped me as soon as I started reading and I resented having to put it down to get on with the tasks of daily life. As the events of the recent and distant past were described, a deliciously dark tale was revealed in shocking instalments that left me wondering just how bad things could get.
The style of writing puts the reader into the mind of Rachel and we see virtually all the events from her point of view, which at times becomes disturbing as you question how you would react in a similar situation. As a reader I normally expect to identify and sympathise with the narrator, but this one occasionally lets us see her manipulative nature.
Precious Thing has been compared to Gone Girl and I can understand why, but this book examines the complex nature of friendship in a unique way. After reading Precious Thing, if you’re hungry for more, may I suggest The Lies You Told Me by Jessica Ruston – although not as dark it is a beautifully written story of obsession.
Highly recommended for fans of psychological thrillers. Thank you to the publisher / netgalley / bookbridgr for advance review copy.


This post previously included a competition to win a copy of the book.
The winner of the competition , selected by random number, was Kathryn Bates.


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