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 Firth and Clara Foyle have something in common. They have what he needs.
What begins as 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.
What an absolutely brilliantly written book. I cannot get over this being a first novel, if this is the start of things to come, I cannot wait for what is still to come!
This book had me hooked from page one. I would have read this in one sitting, if those pesky kids and work had not got in the way. And I just had to worry about Clara and Jakey until I could get back to them.
The book follows different character’s whose lives become intertwined. Little Clara is the first to go missing and her parents Amy and Miles are devastated and deal with things very differently. This is when we meet DS Etta Fitzroy. I really like this character as she is very troubled, her marriage and family problems make her seem so real and very relatable. She could have been someone you know. I really hope this book is the start of a series as I need more Etta.
At the beginning we meet the Firths, Erdman, Lillith and their son Jakey. Jakey has a life limiting condition commonly called Stone Man Syndrome. I thought the author dealt with Jakey’s condition with lots of sensitivity. You could feel Jakey’s pain, when he is scratching his arm and couldnt stop. I could totally feel his pain but for us the itching stops. Jakey’s would start again with his next flare up. The way his parents handled it you could totally believe. Lillith being scared of everything and wanting to wrap him up in cotton wool whereas Erdman wanted him to be a normal little boy as much as possible.
The bone man gave me the creeps. The way he just blended into the background and was so unmemorable made him quite scary. The things I learned about his childhood made me feel a tiny bit sorry for him but now he is an adult and its his choice to do what he does.
Overall I thought this book was brilliant. A real rollercoaster of a read. I went through every emotion reading this book and the loose ends make me hope for a second book. I will definetly be looking out for more by this author and recommending her to everyone.
Thanks to NetGalley and Pan MacMillan for the advanced copy.