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Review of Precious Thing by Colette McBeth

Published: 10th April 2014
Publisher:
Headline
Pages: 384

Blurb: 

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.

Review:

Thank you to Colette who very kindly sent me a signed copy of her chilling debut. I didn’t know a lot about Precious Thing but I’d heard a lot of book bloggers talking about it over the past few months. I was told that as I’m a fan of Pretty Little Liars, I’d love this and they were right.

Rachel’s best friend Clara has disappeared and she’s frantically trying to put the pieces together to figure out what’s gone wrong. From the very first page, I was hooked but I was annoyed because my own life got in the way of reading. I found myself to be emotionally attached to Rachel but not Clara. I really disliked Clara. She was very full of herself in an arrogant way.

With the use of flashbacks, both Rachel and the readers learn a lot more about Clara. Before we know it, little pieces of information are gathered together. But, and this is a big but, Rachel doesn’t share the information with readers until the very end. That irritated me quite a lot. I need to know the clues. I wanted to be part of the chase, part of the puzzle and I didn’t feel involved very much.

When Chapter Seven finished, I had a tiny idea of what was going on and I told my fellow book blogger and best friend, Katie but all she said was “maybe, maybe not.” She’d just previously read the book so she obviously knew. Turns out, I was right. I’m not giving you my little slice of information as it may/may not spoil it. Annoying, right?

The ending was the best part. Normally, it’s the chase. But not this time. It was fantastically creepy and also quite sad. I felt sorry for the two best friends, I really did but it was a spectacularly shocking surprise.

Twitter: @colettemcbeth
Website: www.colettemcbeth.com

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