Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Precious Thing-Colette McBeth

Precious Thing-Colette McBeth

the facts
satisfaction: up/side
pages: 384
gender: female
nationality: UK
year: 2014
novel

A successful TV news presenter learns on the job that her best friend is missing.


So, this whole thriller is predicated on the issue that you can never know another person like you know yourself. And so, with this timeless dilemma, what happens if the person you trust is the wrong one. These two, Rachel the TV presenter and Clara the disappeared friend,  have a strangely obsessive relationship and I think we can all guess what obsession leads to in novels-bad things. Yes. Secrets and near-hatred. This is well handled, I think. McBeth sprinkles in enough detail to give a sense of atmosphere and the twists and betrayals are never quite baldly stated and so the novel actually gets genuinely creepy at times. The ending in particular was well-handled-a rarity. There is just so much cleverness in this novel overall. The flaws all stem from some pacing issues and the...love interest? the friend with benefits? which I didn’t quite enjoy being suddenly there.

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