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 is just like everybody else. But in the other he is the caretaker of his families macabre museum.

Now the time has come to add to his collection. He is ready to feed his obsession, and he is in 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,Jakeys father and Etta Fitzroy, a troubled detective investigating a spate of abductions.

Set in London’s Blackheath, Rattke 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.


Now here is a dark tale that will chill you through and through!

A serial killer whose modus operandi and ambition to collect… is so horrendous and so disturbing it will leave your jaw hanging slack in disbelief!

This debut novel is just BRILlANT… An incredible premise, perfectly executed, tightly plotted and written incredibly well… It’s a stunning introduction to what will surely be a very exciting future for Fiona and for her readers.

RATTLE really is a thriller with a difference,here the genius that is Fiona Cummins demonstrates to perfection that for tension, fear and the ultimate thrill, the story doesn’t have to be action packed, high octane drama, fast and relentless in order to grip the reader and chill them to the core.   This book is more subtle than that…  RATTLE unraveled at a much gentler pace than my latest reads and I found this to be really refreshing. A beautifully descriptive, well written story can inject just as much fear into the reader and provide just as big a thrill…. And this is exactly how Cummins does it!Through the language,  through the imagery …. It’s creepy, it’s unsettling and it will give you the eeby- jeebies… It’s dark .

I live this passage from page 54…

‘ It’s luminosity reminded her of a child’s skin, the curve of a cheekbone …But Fitzroy could not think of light without dark.Seared into her consciousness was the ambush of that youthful bloom by the plot of death, and she wondered if it’s creeping fingers were already striking Clara’s face’

The Bone collector stalks from the shadows, blending into everyday life , his prey – two young children, Rattle is the tale of their  abduction and the effects on the families. It explores how relationships and secrets unravel when tested and how the different characters cope when their worst fears as parents are realized.

There are a few surprises along the way, sub plots that run concurrently, mysteries from the past with loose ends that all add depth and intrigue to the story arc. Etta struggling to cope with having lost a child and dealing with the raw emotions that arise with the birth of her nephew. Her strained marriage and her determination to prove herself again having made an error of judgement in her last case. Lilleth and Erdman Frith living with a terminally ill child and the strain this places upon them as a couple… I love how the relationships are explored and the Birdseye view we have into other people’s lives.

The way the author depicts the event through the eyes of each character-their perceptions, feelings and their emotions .. The frightened child wanting their mummy and the safety of their home, the mother beside herself and desperate with worry, the detective working tirelessly to figure out who the threat is and to save the children …Creates an emotive story ,centered largely on the characters emotions and focusing on their relationships rather than being driven by a fast paced plot… It really absorbed me and I quickly became emotionally involved, and it was this desire to learn more and gain insight and understanding that moves the story forward and kept me riveted.

The characters are all solidly built and well developed. I loved Erdman, Lileth and Etta but found The Bone Collector himself to be an intriguing serial killer…For him his behavior is just part of who he is and what he does and this shows the power of normalization and socialization. In this case introduced to and taught by his  father from a young age, and having had a sense of duty drilled into him, he is now simply carrying on a family tradition, the work that was passed down to him. It also demonstrates that a ‘ monster’ is still capable of love, lacking empathy and capable of butchering children yet we we are shown how he gently cares for and nurses his sick wife, whom he adores… Powerful! Cummins demonstrates life is never black and white,and people are a mixture of good and bad.

I found I couldn’t put this book down, I was on tenterhooks to see whether the children would be rescued in time and survive their ordeal. I loved the way RATTLE reminds us that depravity and murder exist alongside the mundanities of everyday life. That it IS a part of life. Fiona is a master at using stunningly descriptive language and beautiful prose and is not only successful at setting the scene but Also bringing it to life so vividly that it was a joy to read.. Some of her descriptive narrative was so incredible I took the time to re-read certain passages. She describes emotions, objects, scenes with such clarity, so vividly – her observations are just brilliant! She cleverly describes daily events, recognizable, reassuring details, the minutiae of life that we can relate to and then in stark contrast describes dark thoughts and violent actions that can take place in the mind of the most unassuming looking person and the depravaties that can happen behind the facade of a normal looking house on a normal looking street.

‘ The mundane and the macabre’ page 86

Powerful, original and thought provoking.