Feb 262014
 
Review: Precious ThingPrecious Thing by Colette McBeth
Published by Minotaur Books on Mar 4, 2014
Genres: Adult, Thriller
Format: eARC from Netgalley
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

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.

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

This was a chilling psychological thriller that was written in a letter format from one character to another. This first person narration was intriguing, and lent a definite bias to the story.

Told strictly from Rachel’s point of view, it’s interesting that her narration seemed to sometimes contradict the actions she was describing. It shone just as much light on Rachel’s character as it did everyone else, and left me with a disturbing feel that this is a prime example of an unreliable narrator.

The story is about Rachel and Clara’s friendship, and the secrets contained between and from each other. It’s quite difficult to describe without giving away spoilers, because so much of the story hinges on twists and reveals.

From the very beginning, it seemed like Clara and Rachel’s friendship was unhealthy with strong obsession tendencies, and this feeling only escalated the more I read. By the end, I wasn’t sure who was supposed to be the villian, Clara or Rachel, but either way, their friendship was clearly poisonous not only for them, but for everyone around them.

Overall, this was an exciting and unpredictable read. The focus on the dark aspects of friendship were intriguing and disturbing, yet made for riveting reading. As a debut novel, this was quite impressive, and I really hope more stories like this are forthcoming.

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