Almost straight on the heels of Rattle, I dived right into The Collector to continue my terrifying journey into the mind of one of the creepiest serial killers I’ve come across!
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
A taut and terrifying psychological thriller from a the author of Rattle
The Collector by Fiona Cummins is the gripping sequel 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 . . .
Now that my heart has stopped trying to escape from my chest, I’ve collected myself enough to write my review of this second novel from Fiona Cummins. Like the first in the series, Rattle, The Collector is beautifully narrated with a cast of characters who will capture your soul. The names of the characters are hauntingly beautiful – Saul Anguish – I mean that name just draws you right into his very being! We are also reunited with characters from Rattle and my particular favourites are Jakey Firth and DS Etta Fitzroy. Jakey lives with an incurable and terminal condition and at 6 years old he is probably the strongest child character I have read; it is impossible not to be engaged with him as you read. Etta is a complex character and even more so in The Collector; she is not an easy character to “like” but there is just something about her that draws me in and makes me want to find out more about her life.
As you can tell from the blurb, the bone collector is still out there, Cara is still missing and the police are still on the trail for the man responsible. This plot, like before, is perfectly executed, it captured me from the beginning and kept me hooked all the way through til the end. How can such a dark subject be written so beautifully, so hauntingly that you end up feeling conflicted about characters you know you should despise? What a tremendous skill Fiona Cummins has in creating such an emotional tension for her readers!
The Collector is about relationships, loss and it explores cause and effect in the most spine-tingling manner; it will seep under your skin and into your bones and it will stay there for a long time after you close the last page!
The Collector ticks every single box required to make a psychological thriller worthy of the title; it has the darkness that terrifies; the realism that makes you look over your shoulder and double-check your doors at night, characters whom you emotionally invest in and twists and turns that will have your jaw dropping. I’ve been waiting for my match to Mo Hayder for a long time and with Fiona Cummins I think I might have just found her!
You can read my review of Rattle here
The Collector is available to purchase from all good bookshops and below:
Copy read was my beloved and treasured signed copy purchased at Aye Write, 2018.