Review – Rattle by Fiona Cummins

My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


51zvyW8+pGLA 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.


This book is hypnotic.  The last time I met a similar sort of character was the ‘Lady Killer’ created by Martina Cole.  Both have their separate obsessions though, with the protagonist in Rattle seeking humans with disfigured skeletons and bones. The “Bone Collector” is a seemingly ordinary man.  He holds down a normal job.  He loves his wife and cares for her.  It would seem though that his childhood was disturbing to say the least, which would definitely explain his current behaviour.

By the end of chapter two I was on tenterhooks.  It has left me me one million percent sure that I will never let my girls, or any child in my care for that matter, out of my sight for even a split second.  This section of the book is very well written, it captures the moment perfectly, almost real-life like, even if it is a horrifying scene.

Etta Fitzroy, the detective in charge of investigating the grizzly goings-on, is a convincing character.  She has personal problems going on in her life, things that can perhaps be built on in future novels.  But Etta is good at what she does, she is investigative, goes with her instincts (which in the past hasn’t always paid off!), and most of all she doesn’t let her own troubles get in the way of doing a good job.  She is a character I like and one I will definitely be following.

A main theme throughout is bone abnormalities.  I have to say that I never knew that ‘Stone Man Syndrome’, where a person grows a second skeleton, eventually leading them to being trapped in their own body, even existed.  I love books like Rattle because it makes you think, it makes you learn, and it show you parts of people’s lives that I wouldn’t have even thought twice about before.  If you read Fiona Cummins introduction then it tells you a bit more and I find it interesting that she has used this topic to build her characters and story on.

Rattle is an extremely riveting read, well-researched, frightful, nerve-wracking and a mega page-turner.  As cliche as it sounds, I could not put it down.  This book is so much scarier than any book written by Stephen King, because this book could be REAL.  The storyline develops well, the plot thickens, as they say, at an alarming rate and you get suckered into flipping those pages until before you even realise it, you are in the closing chapters.  It is a mega story, one you have to read.

A word of warning, don’t check out the blurb of the next book in the series entitled ‘The Collector’ which is out next Spring, without finishing this novel first as there are spoilers.

Thank you so much to Katie Green of Pan Macmillan for sending me a copy of this breathtaking novel in exchange for my honest opinion.  I loved it.  And I will be chasing you for a copy of the next book in the series in the New Year.

Rattle is out now folks, so go pick it up if you like a chilling story!

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