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Precious Thing

Colette McBeth

Minotaur Books

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 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.

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My story starts on a Monday morning in January because it’s the obvious place to begin. I used to think, Oh, that was the day when everything changed, but of course it’s never that simple. The seeds of what happened then were planted years before.
In my box of memories from January the twenty-second, 2007, these are the things you’ll see: a single sunflower in a garden, the waves, the huge yawning jaws of them thrashing under ripe clouds. And the violet of the sky, the way it looked electric, like it had been plugged into a vast source of negative
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"Colette McBeth digs deep into a childhood friendship that goes dangerously awry. What happens next will chill you to the bone. Precious Thing will make you wonder about your own friends…and whether they just might be your worst enemies."—Tess Gerritsen

"Friendship, betrayal and secrets too big to bear: a book to race through, breathless, in a sitting."—Alex Marwood

"Grips you from the very first page and keeps you flipping them at breakneck speed until you finally turn the very last. A provocative and intriguing debut that will leave you questioning how well you know your own childhood friends. Bravo!"—Jilliane Hoffman

"[A] haunting first novel…McBeth imbues her characters with layers upon hidden layers, keeping readers guessing until the end."—Publishers Weekly

"[A] spellbinding thriller."—Kirkus
"Colette McBeth digs deep into a childhood friendship that goes dangerously awry. What happens next will chill you to the bone. Precious Thing will make you wonder about your own friends…and whether they just might be your worst enemies."—Tess Gerritsen

"Friendship, betrayal and secrets too big to bear: a book to race through, breathless, in a sitting."—Alex Marwood

"Grips you from the very first page and keeps you flipping them at breakneck speed until you finally turn the very last. A provocative and intriguing debut that will leave you questioning how well you know your own childhood friends. Bravo!"—Jilliane Hoffman

"[A] haunting first novel…McBeth imbues her characters with layers upon hidden layers, keeping readers guessing until the end."—Publishers Weekly

"[A] spellbinding thriller."—Kirkus

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  • Colette McBeth

  • COLETTE MCBETH was a BBC TV Crime Reporter 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.

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