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.
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By Saffy on 30-09-13
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.
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By LeahH on 15-09-13
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.