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'The plot is taut and compelling, the writing excellent, but it's the exciting narrative structure that sets it apart - a three-strand storyline, one told by a woman who has already been murdered' (Marian Keyes Guardian)
Everyone tells her she's a survivor. No-one knows she's dead inside.
Six years ago Melody was left for dead. When the body of another woman, Eve, is discovered, Melody knows her attacker is still out there. The only way she can survive is to follow the clues of the life that Eve left behind.
Lots of women published great, grippy thrillers this year - Colette McBeth's The Life I Left Behind (Headline Review) is one of the best. The plot is taut and compelling, the writing excellent, but it's the exciting narrative structure that sets it apart - a three-strand storyline, one told by a woman who has already been murdered. — Marian Keyes, Guardian
One of the best books of the year — Sun
The Life I Left Behind is a rare thing; a well-paced, meticulously-researched thriller which is not just gripping but compassionate, too — Paula Hawkins, author of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN
Absolutely amazing. Grip-Lit of the highest order. Brilliant. — Marian Keyes
A creepy and clever thriller — Fabulous
Dark and clever murder tale with a twist — Heat
McBeth pulls it off with aplomb — Glamour
This intriguing and twisty thriller kept me reading into the night — Woman & Home
McBeth's is a much better realisation of the same theme [as The Lovely Bones] and, psychologically, by far the more interesting accomplishment — Independent
If a more affecting psychological thriller is published this year, it will be a very good book indeed — Irish Times
Completely brilliant — Jill Mansell
Fantastic — Lucy Diamond
Praise for Colette McBeth:
'Colette McBeth delivers twists and shocks with superb timing. An impressive debut'
— The Times
'An interesting and original page-turner' — Literary Review
'A cleverly crafted tale... If you're a fan of Gone Girl, you'll love this' — Sunday Mirror
'An excellent storyteller... Precious Thing is more than deserving of a place on the modern thriller bookshelf' — Sunday Express
'A great debut, menacing, gripping and full of twists and surprises... This is one of those incredibly compelling stories that simply drags you along, whether you like it or not. Highly recommended' — Lovereading.co.uk
'Precious Thing is one of my top five books of 2013. Truthfully, I would go on for hours about what I loved about this psychologically disturbing, thoroughly readable, cleverly written book' — Fabulousmag.co.uk