Rattle by Fiona Cummins #BookReview

About this book…

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.

My review…

Now I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to horror! I physically can’t watch horror films and I can’t read horror books either, mainly as it would be rather difficult to read with a huge cushion in front of my eyes. They tend to get into my head and transfer to my nightmares way too easily for me! Concerned that I was only missing out on Rattle due to my nervous disposition, I became determined to “man up” and give it a go. I was rather worried though about comparisons to Silence of the Lambs, a book I was too scared to read and a film I had only heard (that big cushion again!) But fear not, this is so much more than a scary serial killer crime thriller. Or should I say be afraid, be VERY afraid because Rattle is also a terrifying shock fest with a totally unique and gripping plot. Yes, it scared the **** out of me but I loved every minute!

The Bone Collector is one of the creepiest and darkest characters I think I have ever come across. His quest to secure the best exhibits for his personal museum sees him methodically hunting down his victims based on the unique pathology of their bone disorders. And children are very much top of his grotesque shopping list. I could feel my blood pressure rising as I kept reading “just one more chapter”, terrified by the thought of what was about to happen to those poor children. But the stylish writing and the remarkable character creations, especially that of detective Etta Fitzroy, kept me turning the pages-there was no way I was going to let The Bone Collector scare me away! I loved Etta’s determination and how the search for closure for previous victims took over to such an extent that it affected her personal life.

Once picked up you won’t be letting this book out of your sight. It’s a completely engrossing tale that really stands out from the crowd with its dark and chilling storyline but I had the feeling that it was also sending out an unexpected message of hope. I felt like I had been living out my own personal fears of loss and mortality alongside the affected families, with The Bone Collector a ghostly “grim reaper” presence, watching and waiting in the shadows. But by the end, I actually felt quite uplifted, which surprised me and I do love a book that messes with my emotions as you well know!

This is a fantastic debut and I can’t wait to see where Fiona Cummins takes us next. Be warned though that it can be rather gory in places, as you might expect from the cover blurb, so that’s worth remembering if you are a little bit squeamish. But for me, every gruesome detail was a relevant necessity and I didn’t hide behind that cushion once!

Rattle is published on 26th January by MacMillan and is available to purchase from Amazon UK here.

Meet the author…

Fiona Cummins is an award-winning former Daily Mirror showbusiness journalist and a graduate of the Faber Academy Writing A Novel course. She lives in Essex with her family. Rattle is her first novel.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

16 thoughts on “Rattle by Fiona Cummins #BookReview”

  1. Like you, I can’t take horror 🙂 I used to be able to but I was scared witless by a few movies and now I’m steering clear! I loved Silence of the Lambs, though, haha. I’m happy to hear there’s more than just a heart attack waiting for us with this book!

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    1. It’s a crime novel I think more than anything. I was nearly put off by the comparisons to Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal Lector but glad I wasn’t. There’s just something about it that I’m still struggling to put into words. Others who hate scary books seem to have loved it too so give it a go!

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  2. This book seems incredible! I so want to read it now, I haven’t really delved much into thrillers yet, but this one seems like it would suit my tastes.

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  3. Sounds amazing. I’ve read one less enthousiastic review and it went down a few spots on my wishlist but you managed to turn my mind around and now it’s way up again. I don’t like horror either but you’ve managed to put me at ease here!

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  4. I’ve got this to read, and I can’t wait! I’m OK with reading horror, but can’t watch horror films, which used to cause great hilarity when my two were teenagers – like the time we were watching Jeepers Creepers (only a 15, so not THAT bad) and the door went and I screamed really loudly! They’ve not let me forget it. Who enjoys being terrified? It’s complete madness! Sod that!

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    1. I can’t watch ANYTHING scary! At all! Never have been able to although all the kids watch them now they are grown up.
      This book is really creepy and not a horror as such but it’s terrifying!


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