Precious Thing

by Colette McBeth

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LoveReading View on Precious Thing

This is a seriously good, spooky book with great characterisation and a tremendous build of tension.  It’s about revenge and deceit and centres on two girls brought up by single parents, one advantaged, one sadly not.  The girls were school friends and now in adult life one is a crime reporter, the other disappears.  This is a one-sitting book (if you can).  Highly recommended.

Sarah Broadhurst

Precious Thing Synopsis

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 question everything you've shared together. The truth is always there. But only if you choose to see it.

Precious Thing Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Suzanne Marsh - 'Precious Thing is a suspenseful thriller that captures your attention from the very first page right up until the very last. This will be the book everyone is talking about. It’s an absolute page turner.'   Read full review >
  • Hannah Brittlebank - 'An interesting twist on the story of a disappearing girl.'   Read full review >
  • Sue Walsh - 'There are a whole lot of questions to be answered here. Read & unravel the mystery, look for the clues...A good read with some unexpected twists.'   Read full review >
  • Sarah Harper - 'Precious Thing intrigued me from the outset and kept me guessing until the end.  A thoroughly addictive read.'   Read full review >
  • Maggie Crane - 'It is a very interesting and intriguing book which demonstrates the author is capable of even better in the years to come.'     Read full review >
  • Glynis Elliott - 'If you have read ‘Kiss Me First’, ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘Before I Go To Sleep’ you won´t want to miss Precious Thing... A story of friendship… or is it?'   Read full review >
  • Edel Waugh - 'Eerie and menacing…a book worth reading in one sitting.'   Read full review >
  • Fiona Maclean - ‘Precious Thing’ is an excellent debut novel; I started reading and was gripped...It is easy to read and beautifully constructed.'   Read full review >
  • Judy Connolly - ‘Precious Thing is a stunning debut novel; if you liked Gone Girl you’ll love this.'   Read full review >
  • Sian Spinney -  ‘Precious Thing’ is an intriguing book that keeps you guessing right up until the final few chapters...Chilling and worrying.'   Read full review >
  • Alison Jones - 'This menace of a read seizes you by the throat and tosses you around leaving you wondering, guessing and alarmed.'    Read full review >
  • Trish Dodd - 'A disturbing but absorbing read - right up to the final sentence.'  
  • Debbie Patrick - 'I really enjoyed this book. I will look out for other novels by this author in the future and would recommend this book to others.'    Read full review >
  • Caroline Mathews - 'A page-turning psychological thriller - an easy and fairly entertaining read, if a little muddled in parts.'  Read full review >
  • Lynda DeFreitas  - 'If there was just one word that I could choose to review this book it would be CHILLING.'  Read full review >
  • Linda Hill - 'A thrilling and absorbing first time novel.'  Read full review >
  • Kath Thornton - 'Wow what a book! Once I began I just could not put it down until I had finished it... a compelling, thrilling, gripping, page turner of a book.'   Read full review >

Precious Thing Press Reviews

'Colette McBeth delivers twists and shocks with superb timing. An impressive debut'
The Times

'An excellent storyteller... Precious Thing is more than deserving of a place on the modern thriller bookshelf'
Sunday Express

'An interesting and original page-turner'
Literary Review

'A cleverly crafted tale... If you're a fan of Gone Girl, you'll love this'
Sunday Mirror

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781472205957
Publication date: 10/04/2014
Publisher: Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781472205933
Publication date: 01/08/2013
Publisher: Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781472205957
Publication date: 10th April 2014
Author: Colette McBeth
Publisher: Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Reading Groups, Relationship Stories, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Thriller / suspense,

About Colette McBeth

Colette McBeth was a BBC TV New s Correspondent for ten years. She lives in West London with her husband and three young children. She attended the Faber Academy Novel Writing Course in 2011. Her first novel, Precious Thing, was published in 2013. Author photo © Paul Curran

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