The Collector by Fiona Cummins (Review and Q&A) #TheCollector #BookReview #Q&A #Rattle

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The Collector

by

Fiona Cummins

 

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, dreams of being found.
Her mother is falling apart but she will not give up hope.

The Collector has found an apprentice to take over his family’s legacy.
But he can’t forget the one who got away and the detective who destroyed his dreams.

DS Etta Fitzroy must hunt him down before his obsession destroys them all.

 


 

On the blog today, I am absolutely over the moon to share a spectacular Q&A with author Fiona Cummins, alongside my review! So, so exciting! Fiona will be chatting about the inspiration behind The Collector, her writing rituals and her forthcoming book! It sounds so wonderful and I can’t wait to read it!

 


 

 

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My Review:

 

It has been three months since the disaster at the home of Brian Howley, the man dubbed the Bone Collector, who curated his own terrifying museum of macabre curiosities. But time does not wash away the sins of a killer, nor remove the scars on the skin of his victims. Jakey Frith is back with his family but his thoughts perpetually turn to Clara Foyle, the five-year-old who was kidnapped by the Bone Collector and whose absence ties he and her parents in a union of grief. Is she alive? Is she dead? Will they ever find her? Not so far away, The Bone Collector plots revenge, laying the foundations of a future he will guard with every breath, taking new articles to add to his collection, teaching a boy to be a son, training an apprentice to become the master of his profession and watching little Jakey who escaped his clutches, a boy he intends to take again.

 

DS Etta Fitzroy’s continuing investigation to find Clara Foyle and the Bone Collector is losing steam as it yields no new results. Her boss is convinced that Clara is dead and the press are beginning to forget about the poor girl who was snatched three months ago. That is until the uniform worn by Clara at the time of her kidnapping washes up on Foulness Island and a spark of spluttering light flashes through the dark domain of Etta’s desperation. With the press in a frenzy and the Foyle family in upheaval, Etta’s journey to find Him travels a path ridged with malice and spotted with blood. Because now the games are worse, now He is not alone in His darkness. With every passing moment, the risk to not only her life but to Jakey Frith’s and countless others amasses.

 

Brian Howley is extremely creepy, more so in this than Rattle, which I didn’t think was possible. The loss of his beloved museum and his whole life’s work has evolved him into an even more terrifying monster, the person he was before paling against the backdrop of this evil. He dogs the lives of his victims with abandon because now he has nothing left to lose. He has a protégé to continue his work and preserve his history. He can wreak the fury that is striped on his heart, he can take what is his and start again. Fiona Cummins has captured such a beast in these pages. I can’t tell you how creepy he is. It makes for a very thrilling read.

 

Fiona Cummins’ writing is as exquisite as ever. She has crafted a cluster of characters who leave the largest impressions; The Bone Collector with his brutality and cruelty, a shadow of the devil and little Jakey Frith with his unshrinkable kindness and innocence. Although I do absolutely love Etta Fitzroy, Jakey Frith is my hero. His heart and his unequivocal bravery, delivered with searing emotion, belies his handful of years. Now, months after reading the final chapter, whenever I think of either Rattle or The Collector, it’s this beautiful little character that springs to the forefront of my mind. Cummins’ depiction of loss and grief as well as hope and love is a tempest that will disarm and overwhelm you.

 

As you can probably see, I adored this book. And I’ll be shouting about it from the rooftops for months to come. The Collector is a book that will deposit a cold cloak of fear across your heart and chill you to the bone, then embolden you with its themes of bravery and love. It’s a very powerful book. Not to be missed!

 

Dark. Gripping. Wonderful.

 

 

 

 


 

To purchase a copy of this book, you can follow the links below:

Amazon UK

Book Depository

 


 

 

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Q&A with Fiona Cummins

 

 

Can you tell us a little more about yourself and your path to publication?

I’m a former Daily Mirror showbusiness journalist who often interviewed celebrities and went to glitzy parties. But after a terrible year of family illness, I quit my job to focus on my loved ones. One day, I heard S.J. Watson talking on Radio Two about The Faber Academy so I applied for its Writing A Novel course. At the end of it, I was lucky enough to be approached by several agents. I sent off my finished manuscript six months later and bagged my dream agent Sophie Lambert of Conville and Walsh. After a year working on the book, I landed my first publishing deal.

Do you have any writing rituals?

I’ve never thought about it, but I suppose I do. I’m rarely without a cup of tea. I like listening to loud music and often have two or three songs I play a lot when writing. These change between books. I spend a long time thinking about the first line before I begin to write. And I always have a cold beer ready for when I type The End.

What was the inspiration behind your first novel Rattle?

Rattle is a dark story and I was going through a dark time when I wrote it. Unsurprisingly, grief and fear of loss are themes in the book. I’d read a newspaper article about Stone Man Syndrome which inspired the character of Jakey, a six-year-old boy who suffers from this bone disorder. I was also fascinated by the Hunterian museum which I visited around the time I began writing Rattle. These strands wove themselves together, although it was a fairly organic process

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

As a voracious reader, I have always loved stories, but it never occurred to me that it was possible to make a living from them. Sure, I loved writing poetry and snippets of fiction, and I often thought, in a very distanced kind of way, that I would love to write a book one day, but never believed I could actually do it. My career as a journalist allowed me to indulge my love of words, but there was never anything left in the tank at the end of the working day. Going on maternity leave freed up the creative part of my brain and the urge to get my own stories down on paper.

If you could have written any other book what would it be?

Crikey, now there’s a difficult question. I can’t possibly pick just one. The Stand by Stephen King for his mastery of character and the sprawling nature of his story-telling; Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson for her wonderful writing and for opening a window into new worlds and ideas; The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Steadman because it moved me in a way a book hadn’t managed to do for a long time.

Do you have any advice for budding authors?

Buckle up for a bumpy ride but keep the faith. Finish what you start. Don’t compare yourself to others – you’re on your own path. And remember that every book you write is a fresh chance.

Who are your favourite authors?

Again, impossible to choose but Stephen King, Lee Child, Val McDermid and Nicci French are up there for me. There are some amazing new writers storming up the ranks too, including Emma Flint, Ali Land and Sarah Vaughan.

How long did it take you to write The Collector?

Around eighteen months. I’m a slow writer. I don’t keep a daily word count and prefer quality to quantity.

Are you working on a new novel now?

Yes, I’m working on my third book, set on a street full of very dark secrets.

In three words, can you describe The Collector?

A creepy tale of vengeance and love (is this cheating?).

 

Thank you SO much Fiona for appearing on my blog!


 

About Fiona Cummins:

 

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Fiona Cummins is an award-winning former Daily Mirror showbusiness journalist and a graduate of the Faber Academy Writing A Novel course. Rattle, her debut novel, has been translated into several languages and received widespread critical acclaim from authors including Val McDermid, Lee Child and Martina Cole. Marcel Berlins wrote in The Times: ‘Amid the outpouring of crime novels, Rattle is up there with the best of them.’
Fiona was selected for McDermid’s prestigious New Blood panel at the 2017 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, where her novel was nominated for a Dead Good Reader Award for Most Exceptional Debut.
Rattle is now being adapted into a six-part TV series by the producers of Golden Globe-nominated Miss Sloane.
Her second novel, The Collector, will be published in February 2018.
When Fiona is not writing, she can be found on Twitter, eating biscuits or walking her dog. She lives in Essex with her family.

 


 

 

 

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Huge thanks to Fiona Cummins and Katie Green for my review copy!

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