Rattle by 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.


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.


I suppose I have been in a weird mood lately, I mean terrifying literature on the row is likely to be classified as disturbing. Regardless, I have been extremely lucky with the choice of stories to engage my spare time with.

The story is delivered through multiple viewpoints. So we see the marriage faultlines and despair of Amy and Miles Foyle as Clara is taken. We feel the strain that having Jakey and the demands his condition has wrought on Lilith and Erdman’s marriage and the excruciating impact his disappearance has on them. Erdman is trying to survive the pressures of his job and failing, his love for Jakey leads him to try and find the serial killer. Fitzroy is driven and determined to catching the perpetrator, belatedly discovering his calling card. She desperately wants a child and her marriage is disintegrating. We only learn the name of the bone collector late in the story, lending him an insidious quality and a certain invisibility. This heightens the air of menace and fear the reader experiences. We are given an insight into his disturbing family background and how he learnt his macabre craft from his father.

Kudos to miss Cummins for writing a compelling serial killer thriller that I want to read about more, did not want this to end. 5FOXGIVEN



A potato with a book. Screams German words when angry. Known as the Mid-night Chocolate Thief. Breathes to write and mingle. Observes and remembers. Pokes you when you least expect it. Can be put on a stand by mode with a cup of coffee/ tea.

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