Mo Hayder meets Thomas Harris in The Collector by Fiona Cummins – the gripping follow up to Rattle.
Jakey escaped with his life and moved to a new town.
His rescue was a miracle but his parents know that the Collector is still out there, watching, waiting . . .
Clara, the girl he left behind, is clinging to the hope that someone will come and save her.
Life has fallen apart for Clara’s mother as she starts to lose hope.
The Bone Collector has a new apprentice to take over his family’s legacy. But he can’t forget the boy who got away and the detective who had destroyed his dreams
Detective Etta Fitzroy’s life collapsed when the Collector escaped. With Clara still missing, and a new wave of uncannily similar murders beginning, will she be able to find him again?
The Collector is back and this time he has nothing to lose . . .
Also by Fiona Cummins
Fiona Cummins rattled our bones in Rattle. She made us shiver. She delighted our senses, with exquisite horror. Now the star of Rattle returns in The Collector. When I mean the star, I mean our seriously deranged homicidal killer with the weirdest hobby. Yes this could be called Rattle Part Two or The Return of the The Bone Collector. We get more of our favourite Collector.
***So be sensible. Read Rattle first, before you dive in or you will be drowning in spoilers***
The Collector reintroduces us to some familiar names. Young Jakey is free from the clutches of the Bone Collector. He has moved with his family, to the seaside. Jakey is haunted by what happened to him. He thinks he sees him. He fears for Clara Foyle, who he knows is being held by this evil man. Detective Sargeant Ella Fitzroy is still searching for the killer. She knows he is out there. She has not given up hope that Clara is alive. She lives for the day, the Bone Collector makes one tiny mistake. The Bone Collector is the invisible man. He has gone into hiding, having escaped from custody. He is lurking out there and watching. He selects a new apprentice to join him. He wants a new collection of deformities. This is the purpose of his shallow life. He casts his eyes around him.
I loved The Collector, so much more than Rattle. We really know our killer now. We are part of the action. We are waiting for the final resolution. We are Ella Fitzroy, watching everything enfold. We fear for the neglected and lonely boy being groomed. Fiona Cummins blends the mundane with the horrific, to effortlessly draw us in. This is chillingly beautiful.
I enjoyed Rattle. I ADORE and LOVE The Collector. Fiona Cummins is the master of the chilling, unnerving tale told in poetic language. The Bone Collector is my kind of evil dude. Nightmares guaranteed.
Recommended for fans of Karin Slaughter, Mo Hayder and anyone who loves intelligent, disturbing crime.