‘Enthralling… you may be reminded of Villanelle by Lily, the possibly psychopathic antiheroine’ THE SUNDAY TIMES
‘A dark, addictive page-turner’ ALICE FEENEY
‘Supremely twisted and completely riveting’ KATIE LOWE
‘A breathtaking debut’ SAMANTHA DOWNING
She’s got your job. She wants your life…
When Katherine first meets her new intern Lily, she’s captivated. Young, beautiful and confident, Lily reminds Katherine of everything she once was – and it’s not long before she develops a dark fascination with her new colleague.
But is Lily as perfect as she seems, or does she have a sinister hidden agenda? As Katherine is drawn into an obsessive power struggle with the intern, a disturbing picture emerges of two women hiding dark secrets – and who are desperate enough to do anything to come out on top…
Breathlessly addictive and deeply unsettling, Precious You is a thriller like no other. Taut, terrifying and with shocking twists at every turn, it will keep you guessing until the very last page.
Perfect for anyone who loved Lucy Foley’sThe Hunting Party, Harriet Tyce’s Blood Orange and Samantha Downing’s My Lovely Wife.
‘Compulsive and sexy’ THE BOOKSELLER
‘Chilling, addictive’ WOMAN & HOME
‘Deliciously vitriolic’ STYLIST
‘Dark and totally gripping’ BELLA
‘Clever and uniquely modern’ WOMAN’S OWN
‘A brilliant and dark story’ CLOSER
‘I was genuinely terrified’ ADELE PARKS
‘Packed with toxic rivalry and explosive twists’ MY WEEKLY
‘Twisted, shocking, terrific’ JO SPAIN
‘Will keep you hooked’ WOMAN’S WEEKLY
‘Nail-biting’ HARRIET TYCE
‘Disturbing and zeitgeisty’ PHOEBE MORGAN
‘Audacious, dark and smart’ PHOEBE LOCKE
‘I’m obsessed!’ LAURIE ELIZABETH FLYNN
‘Hints of Gone Girl’ WILL DEAN
‘A brutal beauty. WOW’ MIRANDA DICKINSON
‘I couldn’t put it down’ ALEX MARWOOD
‘A brilliantly twisted tale’ LISA HALL
‘My mouth was open’ CRESSIDA MCLAUGHLIN
‘Messed up and BRILLIANT’ LIZ LOVES BOOKS
‘A powerhouse of a debut’ EMMA COOPER
About the author
Helen Monks Takhar has been working as a journalist, copyeditor and magazine editor since 1999, having graduated from Cambridge. She began her career in financial trade newspapers before writing for national newspapers including The Times, The Observer and The Daily Telegraph.
Originally from Southport, Merseyside, she lives in Stoke Newington with her husband and two young children.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Compounding a lifetime of workplace anxieties, Precious You is an explosive debut from Helen Monks Takhar. Working family connections, 24-year-old Lily Lunt lands an internship working for editor Katherine Ross. Her presence, an ominous threat to the editor-in-chief, kicks off a generational showdown that slowly morphs into a sinister cat-and-mouse game. Read by two narrators in a bulleted diary format—full of believable dialogue and cunning observations—the characters unfold the drama and build tension. As listeners, we’re asked to inspect our own assumptions, often fearful and misguided, and the ways in which they fray away at our hopes of connection. As the ‘image-obsessed’ millennial plots on the weary Gen X-er, the later chapters explode rapidly for an unexpected climax.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Chilling and thought provoking
Profound, insightful and gripping. As much a comment about female generational differences as parental failures and inadequacies. Can’t wait for the next book!
A really horrible listen
I’m not sure if it’s just the way the narrator chose to read the character but this book is very stressful to listen to. It’s just a bitter monologue that goes on and on with such venom, it’s really draining. I can’t decide whether it’s just because I can’t get into it for the above reasons or whether actually the story has a rather flimsy plot line...