Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Rattle by Fiona Cummins Book Review


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.


Wow, what a debut book. I had seen this book on social media a lot and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. When I finally got hold of a copy, thanks to the publisher and Netgalley, I devoured it in one or two sittings. Fiona Cummins is a talented writer and Rattle is a book I won't be forgetting about anytime soon. 

In Rattle we are introduced to Detective Sergeant Etta Fitzroy. Etta is investigating the disappearance of five-year-old Clara Foyle, who suffers from an unusual medical condition. Fitzroy is still haunted by the disappearance of Grace Rodriguez who vanished a year ago and her fate remains a mystery. She is determined to bring the families closure. But the person behind the abductions is getting braver and more desperate and he has in his sights a young boy, Jakey Frith, who suffers from a disease known as Stone Man Syndrome, otherwise called Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva. The name that Jakey gives this man is ‘Ol’ Boney Bones’ which really gave me shivers. Is there something there to connect these disappearances? 

I really liked DS Fitzroy. There were times when I did feel sorry for her, particularly when she has to juggle family life and work commitments, life can be tough when you work for the police. I'm hoping that we are going to get to learn more about her in the future. The ending of this book really did give me chills, this book is a must read for those who like their crime fiction dark. 

Not since reading Sleepyhead and Ragdoll later this year, have I been so impressed by a police procedural. I literally couldn’t stop reading until I had finished. If you enjoy a novel filled with suspense, this is a book for you. Rattle by Fiona Cummins is available for pre-order now.  

Publisher: Macmillan

Pint length: 352 pages

Publication date: 26th January 2017

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