disclaimer – i was provided an e-galley of this book by minotaur books in exchange for an honest review.
friends forever. that’s what rachel and clara promise each other when they meet in high school. friends forever. no matter that rachel is awkward and shy and the girl everyone makes fun of while clara is confident and polished and the girl with whom everyone wants to be friends. friends forever.
ten years later, rachel is a respected television reporter in a wonderful relationship and life is good. clara’s life, however, hasn’t gone as well and seems to be getting worse. then the unthinkable happens and rachel is sent to report on a missing person case. the missing person? clara.
precious thing is incredibly fast-paced and engages the reader from the very beginning. told from rachel’s point of view, it switches between her memories of past events and a letter (monologue?) to clara about the current events. colette mcbeth gives both rachel and clara personality traits to make the reader feel empathy for them but at the same time you can’t help but feel that something is off, just off, with each of them.
precious thing is a great read. there are secrets and you know they’re there but you just don’t know what they are or even who knows them. there are people that you feel empathy for but you just don’t know what their motives are or even if you can trust them. there’s a mystery there but you can’t quite put your finger on it, not even at the end.
four out of five stars