To my eternal shame Rattle has been languishing on my #TBR pile for way too long! I finally read this fabulous debut from Fiona Cummins recently and I cannot believe I left if for so long!
So before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
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.
#Spinechilling read alert! It takes a lot to spook me with my reading material but #Rattle had me trembling underneath my covers for the entire time I was reading it! Terrifying yet tantalising; chilling yet compelling, this one had me glued to the pages and hiding behind my hands to read it!
The book descriptor gives you the information about the plot and I won’t say anymore about it other than it was so expertly crafted and tightly plotted that it hooked me from the start!
Abduction of children is never an easy read and this is definitely not an easy read! Without being gratuitous or overly graphic I was drawn into the terror of the families whose children had been snatched, the experience of the children themselves and the macabre and sinister life of the #BoneCollector – he made the childcatcher look like Mary Poppins!
The research that has gone into this book is evident from the very beginning yet is never dull. Fiona Cummins narrative is beautifully written and evoked strong images in my head, her description is eloquent but never over the top. It almost felt like the words were dripping off the page. It seems strange to describe reading such a terrifying novel in this way but there was something almost ethereal about her writing.
Strong characterisation led to an authentic reading experience as I found myself absolutely caught up in the lives of the characters, from the anguish of the parents, the intricacies of their lives to the complexity that is the life of Detective Etta Fitzroy, this novel ticked all of my boxes! It explored the themes of loss and hope in the most spectacularly clever way! At times, I even managed to feel a little sorry for the Bone Collector. Full of twists and jaw dropping turns #Rattle is one of those books that gets under your skin and stays there for a long time! I am now champing at the bit to read the next in the series “The Collector” and I have myself a lovely signed copy of this after meeting Fiona at Aye Write earlier this year.
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