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.
One of the best books of the year
This intriguing and twisty thriller kept me reading into the night
'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'
McBeth pulls it off with aplomb
'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'
If a more affecting psychological thriller is published this year, it will be a very good book indeed
'An excellent storyteller... Precious Thing is more than deserving of a place on the modern thriller bookshelf'
A creepy and clever thriller
The Life I Left Behind is a rare thing; a well-paced, meticulously-researched thriller which is not just gripping but compassionate, too
Dark and clever murder tale with a twist
Absolutely amazing. Grip-Lit of the highest order. Brilliant.
'A cleverly crafted tale... If you're a fan of Gone Girl, you'll love this'
'An interesting and original page-turner'
Praise for Colette McBeth: 'Colette McBeth delivers twists and shocks with superb timing. An impressive debut'
McBeth's is a much better realisation of the same theme [as The Lovely Bones] and, psychologically, by far the more interesting accomplishment