Thursday Thriller: Precious Thing

Posted 2 January, 2014 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in Reviews

Thursday Thriller: Precious ThingPrecious Thing by Colette McBeth
Published by Macmillan on March 4th 2014
Genres: Fiction, General, Mystery & Detective, Suspense, Thrillers
Pages: 304

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange honest review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I know her inside out.  I know what she’s thinking, I know what she wants. So I can’t give up on her, she knows I never will.Some friendships fizzle out. Rachel and Clara promised theirs would last forever.They met in high school when Rachel was the shy, awkward new girl 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 television career, the apartment and the boyfriend, while Clara’s life is spiraling further out of control. Yet despite everything, they remain inextricably bound. Then Rachel’s news editor assigns her to cover a police press conference, and she is shocked when she arrives to learn that the subject is Clara, reported missing. 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. In Colette McBeth's Precious Thing.

This book is fun. I hate the blurb from Goodreads because it makes the story sound cheesy and predictable, this is a problem for the entire genre because these types of books defy description through blurbs. Say too much and you’ve ruined the whole thing, say too little and it sounds awful. 

It’s another book that will be described as being in the genre of Gone Girl and though it is a thoroughly enjoyable read it has the same problems as Gone Girl and others in the genre. The primary problem is that the story feels incredibly contrived. 

However, Precious Thing is still awesomely readable. It has the completely unreliable narrator, the reader is forced to question every statement made, every observation. Who is the crazy one? The narration jumps from present day to the girl’s high school friendship. McBeth unwinds the story with expert pacing leaving just enough tension between the present day narrative and the beginning of Rachel and Clara’s relationship. These flashbacks propel the story forward where if told in straight chronological order, it definitely would have become tiresome. 

Sit back, suspend reality, and enjoy the ride.

April @ The Steadfast Reader


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