Rattle by Fiona Cummins




Fiona Cummins

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.


First things first, I’d just like to say that when I finished reading Rattle a few moments ago, I was speechless. Utterly speechless, those last few intriguing, absorbing words chiming in my mind. If someone had spoken to me then, I don’t think I would have been capable of a coherent response. It was that good. It’s one of those books that horrifies and astounds us, intrigues and shocks us. One of those novels that sits in our minds long after reading and something we subconsciously measure all other books against.

When young girl Clara Foyle is abducted, it is up to Detective Sergeant Etta Fitzroy to go on the hunt for this frightening kidnapper and return Clara home to her devastated family. But as another child is about to become the next victim, something that Etta did not count on in this cat-and-mouse game is just how deep the darkness runs in the mind of this man, the one who calls himself the Bone Collector.

Strong, determined Etta faces up to her foe in this fast-paced, tense, harrowing plot that will both thrill and frighten you simultaneously in this scintillating read.

Fiona Cummins’ at times musical prose serves an immense feast for the imagination of her readers. Deep. Dark. Deadly. In the talented hands of this debut author, we are taken on one rattling journey into the depths of darkness and evil. Not one to read with the lights off.

With hold-your-breath moments and engaging, well-drawn characters that grab our attention, Rattle is a book sure to climb to seismic heights next year.

I can’t recommend it enough. My friends and family are poised and ready to buy and be amazed just as soon as it is published on the 26th January 2017.

And I just realised – ting! – this is one of my TOP 10 Reads of 2016!

You can buy Rattle here

Follow Fiona Cummins on Twitter here

Huge thanks to Pan Macmillan for my review copy.

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