Author: Fiona Cummins
Publication Date: February 27, 2018
Page Count: 512
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
Fiona Cummins delves into the seam of darkness that runs through us all as a detective hunts down a twisted killer with a macabre obsession . . .
On still nights, when the curve of a winter moon is smudged in the flow of the River Quaggy, the dead clamor for him. And sometimes he coaxes the living to join them. To other people, his victims might be mere medical oddities. To him, they are fascinating specimens, worthy of display. Above all, he is a collector, eager for recognition even as he hides in the shadows.
Detective Sergeant Etta Fitzroy is the first to recognize the connection between the disappearance of a young girl and a cold case that almost cost her the career she’s sacrificed so much for. A faceless psychopath is walking the streets of London, tantalizing the authorities with clues, taunting them with his ability to spirit his victims out from under their very noses.
Better than anyone, Etta Fitzroy understands loss. But this is one contest she will win if it kills her . . .
Rattle by Fiona Cummins is the first book in the new The Bone Collector series. The series a dark sort of thriller read featuring a detective on the hunt for a serial killer with an peculiar type of victim.
The Bone Collector is after a certain type of victim in the story which introduces readers to certain medical conditions about bone deformities. A young child in the story suffers from this very rare disease which makes him a perfect target for the killer that Detective Sergeant Etta Fitzroy has linked to other disappearances.
As with most books that feature a killer this one isn’t exactly for the faint of heart. I was actually expecting a bit more horrific myself with comparisons to Silence of the Lambs. It’s definitely a solid read but I often wondered if you took out the victim type would this turn into any other police procedural/serial killer book out there.
The most compelling parts of the read for me were of little Jakey and learning about his horrific disease. I honestly can’t imagine what those diagnosed go through or what the parents go through trying to care for someone with the disease. You can’t help but feel for him but when reading the rest I never really felt as pulled in as during the parts with Jakey. Overall though it was a decent start to the series that makes me wonder where it will head next.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
FIONA CUMMINS is a graduate of the prestigious Faber Academy in London and an award‑winning journalist. She spent twelve years at Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper as its chief showbiz reporter, interviewing celebrities from Michael Jackson to George Clooney. She was named Showbusiness Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards in 2007, and has been nominated four times. Now freelance, her work has appeared in numerous UK publications, as well as appearing on several national TV programs. She lives in Essex with her husband and two children.