Precious Thing

by Colette McBeth

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LoveReading View on Precious Thing

August 2013 Debut of the Month.

A great debut, menacing, gripping and full of twists and surprises. Rachel and Clara are school friends, emotionally bound together, but now in their late twenties are miles apart in their lives. Then Clara goes missing under suspicious circumstances and Rachel discovers things that make her question the whole relationship.

This is one of those incredibly compelling stories that simply drags you along, whether you like it or not. Highly recommended.

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. Instantly, they fell under one another's spell and nothing would be the same again. Now in their late twenties Rachel has the TV career, the flat and the boyfriend, while Clara's life is spiralling further out of control. Yet despite everything, they remain inextricably bound. Then Clara vanishes. Is it abduction, suicide or something else altogether? 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.'   Read full review > 
  • 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

Praise for Colette McBeth:


'A provocative and intriguing debut that will leave you questioning how well you know your own childhood friends' -- Jilliane Hoffman


'Draws you into the dark side of friendship with breath-taking skill - this gripping thriller had me hooked from the start' -- Sarah Rayner


'Keep your eyes peeled this summer for an astonishing new talent in the form of hack-turned-novelist Colette McBeth... Gone Girl but with a Brit voice' -- David Mark, author of DARK WINTER


'This is a page-turner and no mistake. Dark, intriguing, and full of unexpected twists' -- Lynn Shepherd, author of Tom-All-Alone's and A Treacherous Likeness


'The plot of Precious Thing is like a Catherine wheel, spinning faster and faster as it approaches its final twist... It is a fine debut from Colette McBeth. Roll on her next' -- Clio Gray


'A brilliant, chilling debut. Psychopathy has never seemed so attractive' -- Ali Knight, author of Wink Murder


'An excellent debut, well-written, gripping and tense which skillfully weaves an unfolding nightmare with a dark past. The world of news journalism is expertly handled as is the exploration of the intense female friendship at the heart of the story' -- Cath Staincliffe, author of Sal Kilkenny Mysteries and Scott & Bailey novels


'[T]his psychological thriller had me gripped from start to finish. She has a unique voice... I'm sure her debut will be a huge success' -- Mari Hannah

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

Book Information

ISBN: 9781472205933
Publication date: 1st August 2013
Author: Colette McBeth
Publisher: Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
Format: Hardback
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Reading Groups, 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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