Rattle Lib/E: 1 Audio CD – Unabridged, 27 February 2018
"A gem of a scary debut."-- "The Times (London)"
"A thriller that is capable of keeping you up all night--and then haunting your dreams."-- "Daily Mail (UK)"
"So good I read it twice. Trust me--Cummins is a keeper."-- "Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author"
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.
Karen Cass began her acting career with the Footlights as an undergraduate at Cambridge. After graduating she completed three years of acting training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, where she was awarded the Evelyn Laye Prize for Best Actress in a musical and was chosen to represent LAMDA in the William Poel Festival at the Royal National Theatre.
- Publisher : HighBridge Audio; Unabridged edition (27 February 2018)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1665139498
- ISBN-13 : 978-1665139496
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With a thread of menace and darkness running throughout the novel, the storyline played out in front of my eyes in sepia colours with wisps of mist wafting through black streets and wrapping itself around houses and trees, some of its characters stepping straight out of a “Carnivale” type nightmare bordering on the bizarre. The virtual leap into the bone collector’s lair was reminiscent of my worst childhood visions of the bogey man hiding under my bed at night, waiting to chop off any body part that dared to protrude from the safety of my blanket. Creepy! But whilst the details skirted the fine line of "too much information", Cummins managed to pull back before overstepping the mark that would deposit this book into the "horror" instead of "murder / mystery" genre. In fact, I thought her characterisation of the mentally ill bone collector was very well executed, which lent substance to the story rather than just shock factor.
Etta Fitzroy as lead detective is an enigmatic and sympathetic protagonist, who made up for all the other -generally rather unlikeable – characters, and I can see her forming the centrepiece of future novels. True to form, she has all the flaws and tortured mind that make for an interesting fictional detective violating rules and constraints in order to get the job done and to see justice served. I struggled a bit to bond with any of the other characters, though the battles Jakey’s parents face every day in raising a child with disabilities are well drawn. Apart from a few loose threads that I felt needed tying up, the novel flowed well, though some readers may find the ending unsatisfying. I actually thought it was a fitting finale, keeping up the general theme of darkness and menace until the very end. All in all, a promising new voice in crime fiction and potentially the start of a new series featuring an interesting female detective with many more cases to solve. Definitely worth checking out!
We're introduced to the baddie, aka the Bone Collector at the beginning of the book. So it's less about us trying to work out whodunnit, rather than the usual race against time to save children caught up in our psychopath's twisted fascination with bones and bone structures, or as it's described...
In some ways this novel is as much about the lives of some of our main characters as it is about the kidnappings and murder/s.
We spent a lot of time in the heads of Erdman, Etta and the Bone Collector, as well as Jakey and Clara. It's hard not to worry about the fate of the children and easy to become engaged in the well-paced plot.
I should flag (again) this book is a little confronting at times as there are some references to the way in which the Bone Collector plans to strip a child's bones for example; not to mention his almost-clinical lack of empathy.
Although we expect the usual final confrontation where our protagonists lives are put at risk, this ends a little differently. I can't say too much but while there's some closure, readers are left hanging a little. And of course it opens the door for more in the series...
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The book descriptor gives you the information about the plot and I won’t say anymore about it other than it was so expertly crafted and tightly plotted that it hooked me from the start!
Abduction of children is never an easy read and this is definitely not an easy read! Without being gratuitous or overly graphic I was drawn into the terror of the families whose children had been snatched, the experience of the children themselves and the macabre and sinister life of the #BoneCollector – he made the childcatcher look like Mary Poppins!
The research that has gone into this book is evident from the very beginning yet is never dull. Fiona Cummins narrative is beautifully written and evoked strong images in my head, her description is eloquent but never over the top. It almost felt like the words were dripping off the page. It seems strange to describe reading such a terrifying novel in this way but there was something almost ethereal about her writing.
Strong characterisation led to an authentic reading experience as I found myself absolutely caught up in the lives of the characters, from the anguish of the parents, the intricacies of their lives to the complexity that is the life of Detective Etta Fitzroy, this novel ticked all of my boxes! It explored the themes of loss and hope in the most spectacularly clever way! At times, I even managed to feel a little sorry for the Bone Collector. Full of twists and jaw dropping turns #Rattle is one of those books that gets under your skin and stays there for a long time!
Actually, this book was destined for a five star rating until the actions and events at the Ossuary, which I found totally implausible and which resulted in the downgrading to four stars. Nevertheless, I would certainly recommend this book and have, in fact, already downloaded the sequel.
I persevered hoping due to all the positive reviews it would get better. Around 55% it did, the pace quickened and I found myself wanting to read on and on.
It soon became frustrating and the ending seemed rushed. I wouldn't normally leave a 2 star rating for an obviously skilled author. A lot of research must have gone into this book. But I just couldn't connect with it. A great idea that just fell short for me.