Ones to Watch in 2017 – Rattle by Fiona Cummins


Publication Date: January 2017 from Macmillan

Source: Review Copy

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.

So if the serial killer thriller is going to make a come back (which for me would be fantastic as I DO love a good serial killer thriller) then Fiona Cummins and Rattle will be leading the way – because this is how you make it fresh, scary, make readers check under the bed and still manage to tell an often emotional, always compelling and very addictive story.

Rattle works on many levels, firstly if you are the type of reader who enjoys a novel that has you randomly looking over your shoulder to see who might be following you then this will certainly do that. If you like character depth within a crime story with clear voices, differing agenda’s, unpredictable actions then Rattle gives you that too. If you want something that makes it stand out from the rest, that hook, that little extra x factor something that takes a read from good to great then there is a fascinating angle here – which obviously I’m not going to tell you.

I rattled through it (yes I couldnt help that one had to be done) because to start Rattle is to need to finish Rattle – it gave me that nervous energy, that need to find out what happens in the end – not least because Fiona Cummins gives you characters you care about, are invested in and then puts them in all kinds of peril both personal and professional. Aargh!

Then of course there is our killer. Who is anything but one dimensional, eternally creepy yet strangely occasionally sympathetic despite his utter disregard for life in his pursuit of what he believes he needs. I was enthralled and terrified at the same time, scared for those he was targeting, intensely involved from first page to last. Beautiful writing, classic storytelling, bang on target.

Basically Rattle was great! Imaginative yet realistic this one will crawl into your subconcious and stick with you through the darkest hours. Don’t forget to check under that bed!

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Happy Reading!


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One Response to Ones to Watch in 2017 – Rattle by Fiona Cummins

  1. Lainy SMBSLT says:

    This one sounds great, I got the marketing stuff I shared on Insta but really looking forward to reading this.


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