I know her inside out. I know what she's thinking, I know what she wants. So I can't give up on her, she knows I never will.
Some friendships fizzle out. Rachel and Clara promised theirs would last forever.
They met in high school when Rachel was the shy, awkward new girl 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 television career, the apartment and the boyfriend, while Clara's life is spiraling further out of control. Yet despite everything, they remain inextricably bound. Then Rachel's news editor assigns her to cover a police press conference, and she is shocked when she arrives to learn that the subject is Clara, reported missing. 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. In Colette McBeth's Precious Thing.
At the outset of British author McBeth's haunting first novel, London-based reporter Rachel Walsh travels to Brighton to cover the disappearance of a 28-year-old woman who turns out to be her childhood best friend, Clara O'Connor. Years earlier, Rachel was the awkward, chubby new girl at school, whom the beautiful, charismatic Clara took under her wing. Now Rachel is the successful, enviable one with a stable job and a loving boyfriend, while Clara, just back from a seven-year stint abroad that included time in a psychiatric ward, stumbles in her new life. When Clara's case begins to look more sinister than it first appeared, Rachel must admit to the authorities not only her history with Clara but also that she'd been in Brighton the same night her friend disappeared to meet Clara. As the details of the two teenage girls' relationship unfold in the past, the reader begins to wonder to what lengths a person will go for friendship. McBeth imbues her characters with layers upon hidden layers, keeping readers guessing until the end.