Rattle by Fiona Cummins (Ds Fitzroy 1)

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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

I went into this book with a really high expectation due to the promotional line – A psychopath more frightening than Hannibal Lecter, so I felt a little let down with this book. But Hannibal Lecter aside it is certainly a creepy disturbing read. And the subject matter is fascinating, I learned more about some medical conditions that I knew existed but was ignorant of the workings of the human body.

The serial killer (The Bone Collector) is a well fleshed out character and the workings of his mind makes him really interesting, he is a man who has spent his lifetime fascinated by bones and their diseases. Leading two lives, one as carer for his wife who suffers from MS and as a night time cleaner in a hospital and the other as the keeper of his family’s macabre museum. But it is his victims and his collection that are the stars of the show!

Two abducted children and the race to find them was a real page turner. It comes to light that they both have bone deformities. Stone Man Syndrome was a condition I hadn’t been aware of prior to reading this book and it has been fantastically written and incredibly researched. It not only encompassed fear through the mind of a child but also the fear that parents have about losing their child.You could almost feel the tensions developing within the families of the missing children and how all the individual family members were dealing with their emotions, the writing was so good that their emotions had a way of escaping the pages and seeping into your own emotions!

You also get an insight into the strain that having Jakey and the demands his condition has wrought on Lilith and Erdman’s marriage as well as the impact his disappearance has on them. Erdman is trying to survive the pressures of his job and failing and his love for Jakey leads him to try to find the serial killer single-handedly! – Maybe not the best decision of his life but as a parent i know i would do the same!

The ending is a cliff hanger, and this thought provoking finale stays with you long after you’ve turned the last page! Luckily the second book in the series The Collector is out now 🙂

Rattle can be purchased now from Amazon UK or  Amazon.com

The Collector is out now in Kindle format at an amazing price of £0.98 and the hardback book will be released on 22nd Febuary. You can buy either formats from

Amazon UK or Amazon.com

 

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