Published: 26th January 2017 (Macmillan)
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.
‘A psychopath more frightening than Hannibal Lecter’
Now that is a strong statement to make, especially for those Silence of the Lambs fans out there but my goodness does Rattle deliver! This book is going to be huge (quite rightly so!) and I cannot believe that this is a debut – it is both fantastically written and incredibly researched, Rattle grips right from the start and keeps the reader guessing with brilliant twists and turns, I was compelled to keep reading more (just one more chapter…!) but with trepidation as to what is to come!
First a young girl disappears from school whilst her mother is having her nails done and then a young boy goes missing. However this young boy is wrapped in cotton wool as he has a bone disorder; Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP) or Stone Man Syndrome where his bones grow extra bones, made worse by any trauma his body experiences. Considering the close attention he receives, how has he gone missing?!
Detective Sergeant Etta Fitzroy is on a mission to get to the bottom as to what is happening and return these children to their families as well as Grace Rodriguez, a young girl who went missing a year ago. Etta is committed to providing answers to Grace’s family – I really liked this character and her passion for her job, we see an emotional side to Etta that is both heartwarming and heartbreaking.
Rattle has a brilliant twisted antagonist, made creepier by how successful they are at leading a double live! A fantastic example of a sinister, relentless, calculated psychopath.
It is so difficult to convey how much I enjoyed this book without giving away spoilers (and that’s not going to happen, spoiler free zone!) so you need to just trust how fabulous this book is, purchase it and find out for yourself how great it is.
About Fiona Cummins
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.