RATTLE by Fiona Cummins (January 26th 2017, Pan Macmillan)
A serial killer to chill your bones
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 by Fiona Cummins 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.
Any book that starts of by telling me it features a psychopath more frightening than Hannibal Lecter grabs my attention instantly. ‘The Bone Collector’ has a unique interest in his victims; he seeks out those with pretty extensive bone conditions. Cue the kidnap of two small children, both with different conditions, but feed the morbid curiosity of our antagonist.
I do not want to give away any major plot spoilers, but I will tell you that ‘The Bone Collector’ is one of the most interesting serial killers I have had the pleasure to read. His history, his character and the way he selects and ‘performs’ on his victims is very well thought out and excellently written.
It’s a pretty fast paced book (I managed to devour this in less than a day!) but the story flows well and gives me everything I would want in a thriller. We get a lot of insight into Etta Fitzroy; the detective who is investigating the two young children’s disappearance – which sparks similarities to a case she had worked on previously. Some of her back story for me deterred from the main plot, but was necessary in explaining her behaviour and reactions to certain events.
I will be keen to see where Cummins takes the story next. Can definitely see this on the small screen as a series. There is something about the dark, wet, cold atmosphere that will translate well.
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