Adult book reviews, Book Reviews

Precious You by Helen Monks Takhar – ARC Review


My Rating ~ Four Stars

RELEASE DATE:  23 March 2020

Format: Paperback

Pages: 400

Publisher: HQ Fiction



It all began when I met you, Lily.
Beautiful, dangerous, precious you.

At first Katherine dismisses her early-twenties intern as a millennial ‘snowflake’: entitled, moralistic, soft. Yet as Lily’s youth and beauty increasingly remind Katherine of everything she once had, she begins to develop 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…





Thank you so much to HQ Fiction for providing me with a copy of Precious You, in exchange for an honest review!


Katherine feels as though life has passed her by, in her forties, she misses everything she had in her twenties, whilst writing anyone in the younger age bracket off as a ‘millennial snowflake’.  When she meets Lily, an intern on her way up in the magazine company Katherine is the editor for, she has warring feelings of wanting to dismiss her as a soft, entitled brat, while secretly being drawn to her.  As Lily slowly seems to be taking over her life, Katherine becomes more and more paranoid.  But is her paranoia justified?

One thing I found a little difficult in Precious You is that I felt like I should have been able to relate to Katherine, who is the same age as me, but I couldn’t.  Not at all.  I couldn’t relate to her feelings of being a has been and her hate directed towards the younger generation.  It was off-putting and I truly hope most people my age don’t feel that way! 😅   Both ladies were not especially likeable, but that worked with the type of thriller the story encompassed.  I don’t think we were meant to like either of them.  I did feel sorry for Katherine in her desperation in parts of the book, but mostly I just Needed. To. Know. What. Was. Going. To. Happen.  I could hardly breathe most of the time, the twists were so unpredictable and brilliant.  I remember loving movies like Single White Female and Fatal Attraction (see, I really do fit into Katherine’s generation 😂 ) and this story was so reminiscent of those type of movies.

Told in alternating chapters between Katherine and Lily, we get to see both women’s thought process and unravel the manipulation attempted by each of them along the way.  A dark and disturbing thriller that leads to an explosive conclusion, I’d recommend picking this one up!





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