Rattle – Fiona Cummins


Published on 26th January 2016 by Macmillan and available to buy here


A psychopath more frightening than Hannibal Lecter.

He has planned well. He leads two lives. In one he’s just like anyone else. But in the other he is the caretaker of his family’s macabre museum.

Now the time has come to add to his collection. He is ready to feed his obsession, and he is on the hunt.

Jakey Frith and Clara Foyle have something in common. They have what he needs.

What begins is a terrifying cat-and-mouse game between the sinister collector, Jakey’s father and Etta Fitzroy, a troubled detective investigating a spate of abductions.

Set in London’s Blackheath, Rattle explores the seam of darkness that runs through us all; the struggle between light and shadow, redemption and revenge.

It is a glimpse into the mind of a sinister psychopath. And it’s also a story about not giving up hope when it seems that all hope is already lost.

My thoughts

I’m never going to say no to a serial killer thriller. When I heard about Rattle by debut author Fiona Cummins, I was desperate to read it. Rattle is creepy and unnerving. It totally gripped me with its unique and fascinating subject matter, involving a chronic bone illness ‘Stone Man Syndrome’.

The Bone Collector is the star of the show. I’m sorry to say that the comparisons with Hannibal Lector do not hold up. This is not a terrifying horror story, of epic proportions. You are not going to have nightmares. You will feel unsettled. Our psychopath is massively weird, completely captivating in his pursuit of evil goals and clever.

Rattle is a story of child abduction, of a family in fear and a father on a mission. In the background there is the Bone Collector, a child catcher, watching and waiting. Detective Sargeant Ella Fitzroy is searching for clues. This is dark. We know what will happen to the little girl, if she is not rescued. Will the Bone Collector be found in time?

I’m IMPRESSED. Rattle may not make your teeth rattle, but it definitely will set them on edge. Fiona Cummins hints of more to come. Excellent. I need to know what happens next…


About Northern Crime

Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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2 Responses to Rattle – Fiona Cummins

  1. Steph says:

    My next book to read changes by the hour..

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