Precious Thing by Colette McBeth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
PRECIOUS THING, a marvelous thriller, could be this year's GONE GIRL. First time novelist Colette McBeth has carefully crafted a roller coaster read that slams to an end.
Rachel and Clara have known each other since school days always pledging to remain best friends, but terrible secrets lie just below the surface of their relationship.
In school Clara was the girl everyone wanted for a friend, but she chose dumpy, unhappy Rachel. The world has changed and Rachel is now a successful news reporter with a boy friend and a happy life. She has tried to reach out to Clara but been rebuffed.
Things begin to go awry when Rachel shows up to report on the disappearance of two people who turn out to be Clara and Rachel's boyfriend.
Some suspension of disbelief may be necessary; but in general this is a clever, well-written, psychological story with some surprising twists and turns.
Bottom Line: Great writing pared with a narrator, who may be unreliable, draws the reader into a web where truth is always just beyond one's grasp. If you liked GONE GIRL, you will enjoy PRECIOUS THING. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Title: Precious Thing
Author: Colette McBeth
Publisher: Minotaur Books
No. of Pages: 304 pages
Copyright:April 10, 2014
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsSource: NetGalley
Disclaimer: An advanced copy of Precious Thing was provided to me by Minotaur/Net Galley for review purposes.
Colette McBeth was a BBC TV News 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. PRECIOUS THING is her first novel. (from the author's website)