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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.
I first heard about Precious Thing on Cleo’s blog (read her review here), I wasn’t supposed to be requesting any more books, but once I had heard about this book I really wanted to check it out. I’m glad I did, because I thought Precious Thing was an engaging, interesting read. I did find it a little predictable in places, but in the main part, it was a wonderful read.
Precious Thing is certainly one of those books that you need to find time for, because once you’ve picked it up, it’s hard to put it back down again. I just kept on wanting to find out what was going to happen next. Our narrator, Rachel, is an unreliable narrator. I don’t know what it is about unreliable narrators, but I’ve really been enjoying exploring narratives told in this way. Rachel is a complicated character. I’m not sure whether I ever really liked her. Yet, I was still really intrigued to see what was going to happen to her. Rachel had a seemingly perfect life after a not so brilliant childhood. However, we see that Rachel’s life beings to unravel when she has to report on a news story about a missing woman. The missing woman was Clara, a woman who used to be her best friend.
Clara is also a really intriguing character. The reader learns about her through flashbacks and also the police investigation. I immediately didn’t like Clara. This didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story though, because I liked that I didn’t like her. I wanted to find out whether my judgment on her was justified. I found her to be incredibly manipulative. I could see why the young Rachel would be attracted to her and want to be friends with her.
I thought Precious Thing was a very accomplished debut. It’s not a perfect psychological thriller, but it’s engaging and enjoyable. I shall definitely look out for this author again in the future!
Would I recommend it?:
Yes!- 3.5 stars