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Precious Thing | [Colette McBeth]

Precious Thing

A startling psychological thriller debut for any fan of Gone Girl or Before I go to Sleep. Menacing, suspenseful and utterly compelling, this is a stunning debut novel that throws the spotlight on the fine line between love and hate, and leaves you wondering just who you trust. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

A startling psychological thriller debut for any fan of Gone Girl or Before I go to Sleep.

Menacing, suspenseful and utterly compelling, this is a stunning debut novel that throws the spotlight on the fine line between love and hate, and leaves you wondering just who you trust.

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.

©2013 Colette McBeth (P)2013 Headline Digital

What the Critics Say

”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)

"A brilliant, chilling debut. Psychopathy has never seemed so attractive" (Ali Knight, author of Wink Murder)

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    LeahH 09-15-13
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    Leah Hobbs

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    "Excellent listen! Narrator fantastic!"
    What did you love best about Precious Thing?

    I loved the twists and turns.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I felt like I was there in the story all the way.


    What does Penelope Rawlins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her lovely English accent!


    Who was the most memorable character of Precious Thing and why?

    Both girls were excellent characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this story. I heard an interview with the author on radio and thought I just had to have a listen, especially as the author is a newscaster the same as her main character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    8/11/13
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    "Excellent listen"

    Could not stop listening to this story, excellent psychological thriller with twists and turns that keep you hooked until the end

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Saffy
    UK
    9/30/13
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    "Another tedious psychological drama"

    Well, here's another psychological drama with a female protaganist labelled as the next 'Gone Girl' and I am really tired of listening to them. Very few of them live up to the hype and this one definitely doesn't. The writing is unimaginative, the plot is tedious and laboured and I am afraid I gave up halfway through. By that point I had given up hope that things would improve and had no interest in the characters or in discovering what had happened to Clara. I enjoyed this book more when the narration was based in the present and found the writing became increasingly tedious when it moved to the past and Rachel and Clara's teenage lives. I also found Penelope Rawlin's narration increasingly irritating, her immature, sugary voice really grated on me. If you are looking for the next 'Gone Girl' I would suggest Lottie Moggach's 'Kiss Me First' or Sabine Durrant's 'Under Your Skin'. Both excellently written, compelling novels. Give this one a miss.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Graham
    Colchester, United Kingdom
    2/7/14
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    "Stunning"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, we always know exactly what is happening/had happened, but we don't know what has happened until the end. Perhaps we never know...


    Which character – as performed by Penelope Rawlins – was your favourite?

    The lead charecter


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really, but I didn't want it to finish


    Any additional comments?

    A bit chiclit at times, but that's part of it, part of who she is. Yet we never know who she is until the end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • J. A. O'Neill
    Hertfordshire, England
    10/23/13
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    "Very Strange"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Would recommend. The ending is unexpected - Left me wondering who is actually the mentally unbalanced one.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rachel - Is she mad?


    What about Penelope Rawlins’s performance did you like?

    Clear and expressive.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me vaguely disquieted.


    Any additional comments?

    Kept not wanting to listen on but was compelled to do so. Glad I did as the ending has an unexpected twist.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Venetia
    St Cirgues la Loutre, France
    9/13/13
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    "Couldn't stop listening"
    What made the experience of listening to Precious Thing the most enjoyable?

    It was fast paced and well read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked all the characters.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I enjoyed all of them.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I was kept in suspense to the end.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • S. Christie
    UK
    4/29/15
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    "Enjoyable read"
    What did you like most about Precious Thing?

    The sense of mystery a few the character development as the story unravelled.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rachel. Very interesting character. Felt she was a good strong and well developed personality but always felt there was a lot more to come.


    Have you listened to any of Penelope Rawlins’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    no this was first of her performances I have listened to. It was excellent, and I would like to read more.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    the ending was a little unbelievable. It made me neither laugh nor cry, only to think that it was a little too much.


    Any additional comments?

    the book was very gripping, and I couldn't put it down. The development of the characters was amazing. Since finishing it, it has me thinking about the 2 main characters and now this character development was integral to the plot. The title confused me, until the very last chapter. 'Don't believe a word she says'....I see now why this was important, and who it referred to. A great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Avril
    Cinderford, United Kingdom
    4/17/15
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    "Never lets up"

    I have really enjoyed this book. The reader is excellent, and the story gripping. I shall look out for others by thus author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kellyeleven
    West Yorkshire
    1/5/15
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    "Gripping to the end"

    I'm really pleased I chose this book, it's a good story in its own right, and doesn't need to be compared to 'gone girl'.

    The characters are relatable, and the story offers plenty of twists to keep the reader going to the end. I was satisfied with the ending and thought it closed the story well. If you're looking for a good psychological thriller to pass a few hours, I recommend this.

    The narrator conveys the distinction between characters well and I would listen to other audiobooks read by her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cita
    Huddersfield, United Kingdom
    1/18/14
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    "Tedious"
    What disappointed you about Precious Thing?

    I was very disappointed in this book in terms of the author and narrator. The main character is unconvincing. She hates her friend but purports to love her so much! This is compounded by sugary narration that makes the book difficult to listen to. It is not a story where the reader hangs on every word. Indeed it is so tedious it is very difficult to concentrate on. The plot is basically interesting but it is not delivered well and I did not really care what the outcome was. I did finish listening because I like to get value for money not because I wanted to know the outcome.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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