Review: Precious You by Helen Monks Takhar

Title: Precious You

Author: Helen Monks Takhar

Published: March 23rd 2020, HQ Fiction

Status: Read April 2020, courtesy Harlequin Australia


My Thoughts:

A thoroughly modern psychological thriller Precious You by Helen Monks Takhar is a disturbing story of obsession, betrayal, and revenge.

When 41 year old magazine editor Katherine Ross first meets her new intern Lily Lunt, she is both drawn to, and distrustful of, the bright, ambitious 24 year old. Already struggling with feelings of irrelevancy Katherine suspects that Lily wants her job, but Lily wants much more than that. Lily wants everything.

Unfolding from the alternating second-person perspective of Katherine, and first-person narrative of Lily, Precious You twists and turns as the two women engage in a sinister power struggle. I was never quite sure whose perspective of events was the most trustworthy, and Takhar skilfully nurtures that element of doubt.

Their complicated dynamic is well portrayed, and if you are inclined to choose a side in the war between these two women, you’ll quickly be disabused of the idea that either deserves to win. As the story unravels so do their darkest secrets, and Katherine and Lily have more in common than you might suspect.

Takhar’s exploration of female identity, toxic friendships, family dysfunction and the generational divide is surprisingly thought provoking. While both characters represent extremes, their thoughts and experiences are often relatable, from Katherine’s mourning for her lost youth (and looks), to Lily’s Millennial sensitivities.

There is plenty of tension sustained through the novel as the rivalry between Katherine and Lily intensifies, and I felt compelled to read to the end to not only see how far each would go, but learn the truths both are hiding.

While a little melodramatic, I found Precious You to be an intense, and thrilling read.


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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. fuonlyknew
    Apr 11, 2020 @ 05:40:52

    This sounds good and I really enjoy this genre.



  2. BookerTalk
    Apr 11, 2020 @ 07:13:12

    In an odd way, this could be a fun read. something to distract us from graver events taking place in the world

    Liked by 1 person


  3. allthebookblognamesaretaken
    Apr 12, 2020 @ 04:30:02

    I think I could really get into this one, great review!

    Liked by 1 person


  4. Trin Carl
    Apr 12, 2020 @ 20:52:29

    Oh wow, you don’t get to read second person often. I may have to check this out. I’ve just finished learning some wordpress concepts if you’re interested. I found out they have virtual meetups for wordpress users on



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