Rattle

Rattle

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 nee...

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Title:Rattle
Author:Fiona Cummins
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:352 pages

Rattle Reviews

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Dec 30, 2016

    It’s been awhile since I’ve read something that genuinely terrified me; woot and double woot! While I wouldn’t go so far as to say this counts in the horror category, it did have a

    -esque feel to it. Honestly, the villain in this book makes Hannibal Lector look like a kitty cat prancing on rainbows and butterflies. While this in itself was enough to make it an all-around disturbing read, the author did a fantastic job of playing at every fear and concern I have as a pare

    It’s been awhile since I’ve read something that genuinely terrified me; woot and double woot! While I wouldn’t go so far as to say this counts in the horror category, it did have a

    -esque feel to it. Honestly, the villain in this book makes Hannibal Lector look like a kitty cat prancing on rainbows and butterflies. While this in itself was enough to make it an all-around disturbing read, the author did a fantastic job of playing at every fear and concern I have as a parent toward my children. This went beyond the typical “Dear God-Please Don’t let my children ever get kidnapped or murdered” typical fears; no, the author introduced us to a wide array of horrifying disorders that occur in real life to worry about as well.

    You should go into this knowing as little as possible. My paperback didn’t have a summary on the back, and while I had a very vague idea of the plot, I never looked it up online and went in blind. I highly recommend doing this, therefore I won’t be discussing any particular plot points here. Instead I’d like to focus on how this book as a whole made me feel and some of the things that might be triggers for other readers, as this is the type of book that needs to be connected with the right type of person. I’ll be honest, I had to put this one down a couple of times to ease my anxiety and quickly chastise myself for googling images of the particular disorders mentioned here. I found certain parts highly disturbing, especially early on with descriptions of what happens to a child with “Stone Man Syndrome” each time they have any type of accident. My heart started aching as I recalled a story last year of a little boy suffering with this and this novel gave me insight into the horrifying life his parents endure each day. None of this is a criticism; in fact, I applaud the author for not only crafting such deep, realistic characters in a serial killer thriller, but also for shedding light and awareness on such disorders that need more funding to desperately find a cure.

    There are many triggers found in this book, so if you are one to stay away from violence toward children (more so implied, not graphically described), and are disturbed by bugs and unsettling descriptions of the disorders highlighted here, this may not be for you. If you can handle more disturbing and graphic books, you may really enjoy the depth and extra attention to detail found in this story. It is extremely well-written and done with respect to those who are disabled, while not painting a fluffy, inaccurate picture of what these people go through on a daily basis. I’ll be thinking about this book for a long time; I’m also interested in taking what I’ve learned here and channeling it into helping promote a charity or funding of curing these disorders and providing help to families whom this horror is a daily reality.

    is clearly very talented and I’m waiting on pins and needles to see where she takes us next!

  • Susan
    Nov 19, 2016

    This is a seriously creepy, incredibly well written debut novel. Detective Sergeant Etta Fitzroy is still haunted by the disappearance of a little girl, named Grace, when another child goes missing. Clara Foyle is abducted outside her school playground and, before long, her face is everywhere, while her parents struggle to cope with the guilt and loss. One of those interested in the news story is young Jakey Frith; a child who suffers from a rare condition called Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progre

    This is a seriously creepy, incredibly well written debut novel. Detective Sergeant Etta Fitzroy is still haunted by the disappearance of a little girl, named Grace, when another child goes missing. Clara Foyle is abducted outside her school playground and, before long, her face is everywhere, while her parents struggle to cope with the guilt and loss. One of those interested in the news story is young Jakey Frith; a child who suffers from a rare condition called Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva, or ‘Stone Man Syndrome.’

    Jakey’s father, Erdman Frith, has been struggling with his concern over Jakey since he was born; while his wife has turned bitter and resentful. Stuck in a dead end job, with a new boss who views him as a dead weight and a wife who sees him as a failure, he has a tendency to drink too much. However, what he doesn’t realise is that his son is in danger. The Bone Man, the Night Man, the man who haunts Jakey’s dreams, has a collection of specimens and he has his eye on Erdman’s son…

    This is a fast paced thriller, which is full of excellent characters. There is Etta Fitzroy, who is driven and motivated, but is haunted by the fact she has no child of her own and by her disintegrating marriage. Indeed, there are many marriages in this book that are in jeopardy. Miles Foyle finds himself viewed as a suspect in his daughter’s abduction, while Erdman recalls a time when his marriage was happy and full of hope.

    I truly hope that there will be a sequel to this book, as I really feel that these characters have more to offer. I thought the subject matter was difficult to read about in places, especially as a parent myself, but the author does a wonderful job of really making her characters come alive. These are not cardboard cut outs having events happen to them; but real people making decisions, trying to cope with what life throws at them and dealing with their emotions. I loved this and, if you like intelligent and well written crime books, you will hopefully enjoy this too.

  • The Book Review Café
    Dec 06, 2016

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    If you only read one book next year here’s a piece of advice, make sure it’s Rattle by Fiona Cummins, I’m sure this book is going to be Huge in 2017. When ever I pick up a new book by an unknown author (to me) I always have a few reservations, will I like their style of writing, characters and plot? But any qualms I had disappeared after reading the first chapter of this highly engaging novel. This is the authors debut novel, but it cert

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    If you only read one book next year here’s a piece of advice, make sure it’s Rattle by Fiona Cummins, I’m sure this book is going to be Huge in 2017. When ever I pick up a new book by an unknown author (to me) I always have a few reservations, will I like their style of writing, characters and plot? But any qualms I had disappeared after reading the first chapter of this highly engaging novel. This is the authors debut novel, but it certainly doesn’t read like one, it’s exceptionally well written, with an intriguing plot, which is both dark and sinster. Rattle is one of those books where an incredible sense of malevolence is there from the from the very first page and it remained there until the last spine chilling chapter, it’s a highly compulsive read, dark, totally gripping and very dramatic. It’s categorised as a crime thriller, but it goes beyond that it’s much darker and definitely more disturbing than the usual crime read.

    I really don’t want to say to much about the plot as it really is one of those you need to read with little more than the book description to go on. What I will say is the author has produced a serial killer (The Bone Collector) like no other, he made my blood run cold, in fact I actually suffered nightmares whilst reading this book, but my god what a complex character. This is a serial killer with two very different sides, the carer versus the evil caretaker, but his total lack of empathy in either role make him terrifying, even more so when Fiona Cummins describes his thoughts and feelings with such conviction, It gives the reader a glimpse into the mind of a sinister psychopath which made for a chilling read.

    The author has the rare talent of making all her characters come alive, the victims family’s are very well depicted, their loss and anguish is palatable, as family’s personal relationships begin to disintegrate I couldn’t help become emotionally involved in their story, and the innocent victims well let’s just say they will melt even the hardest heart. Detective Etta Fitzroy was another intriguing character, she’s tenacious, and driven and shows great empathy for both the victims and their families, like many Detectives in fiction she does have issues but they add credibility to her character.

    Rattle is told during the period of just over a week, the chapters have time stamps which add a sense of urgency to the plot. I’m sure my heart rate went through the roof, as Fiona Cummins doesn’t let up on the suspense. The dialogue is sharp and the writing fluid and at times beautifully descriptive, which added to my enjoyment of this rivetting novel.Fiona Cummings has given the reader a roller coaster of a thriller for sure, but this novel is also a rich and harrowing story of the psychology of evil and those who strive to stop it, insights that will stay with you long after you’ve finished Rattle.

    In case you haven’t guessed I actually loved this book and it’s a MUST READ for fans of crime thrillers and if you like them Dark then you are going to love it too. Rattle is a chilling and inventive debut from a very talented author and I personally think this book is going to be HUGE when it’s published at the end of January 2017.

  • Emma
    Oct 30, 2016

    This started out well but it pretty quickly became clear that there's nothing new here. The writing is ok, the plot interesting enough, but by the last third I wanted to skim whole pages and only read it all because it was a review copy. One of the main Detectives, Etta, becomes increasingly irrational and I was more annoyed by this than I should have been because, again, she seemed to be intelligent and capable at the beginning.

    All in all, just an average read.

    Thanks to Macmillan and Netgalley

    This started out well but it pretty quickly became clear that there's nothing new here. The writing is ok, the plot interesting enough, but by the last third I wanted to skim whole pages and only read it all because it was a review copy. One of the main Detectives, Etta, becomes increasingly irrational and I was more annoyed by this than I should have been because, again, she seemed to be intelligent and capable at the beginning.

    All in all, just an average read.

    Thanks to Macmillan and Netgalley for the chance to read this review copy. All opinions are my own.

  • Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
    Nov 23, 2016

    For a debut novel this book is exceptionally well-written, it flows beautifully, you don't stumble and stand on the words as you read, you grab on and the story takes you on it's journey and you hol

    For a debut novel this book is exceptionally well-written, it flows beautifully, you don't stumble and stand on the words as you read, you grab on and the story takes you on it's journey and you hold on really tight until the book generously eventually lets you go. I wanted more, I wanted so much more, I was sad when it ended, I wanted an immediate sequel, a series. I want more from this author.

    Make no mistake, this book has a serial killer that will stick with you for a long time in your memory, possibly your nightmares.

    He was so tangibly evil and messed up I felt I could almost reach through the book and touch his cold, dry and wrinkled skin. I pulled my hand back because I knew if I touched him I would never come back. I would be a new specimen for his collection.

    The Bone Collector collects very special people. The book is well researched into a rare medical bone condition called

    . This is a very rare inherited connective tissue disorder characterized by the abnormal development of bone in areas of the body where bone is not normally present (heterotopic ossification), such as the ligaments, tendons, and skeletal muscles. Specifically, this disorder causes the body's skeletal muscles and soft connective tissues to undergo a metamorphosis, essentially a transformation into bone, progressively locking joints in place and making movement difficult or impossible. FOP is characterized by malformed big toes that are present at birth (congenital). Other skeletal malformations of the cervical spine and ribs and the abnormal development of bone at multiple soft tissue sites may lead episodically to stiffness in affected areas, limited movement, and eventual ankylosis of affected joints (neck, shoulders, elbows, hips knees, wrists, ankles, jaw, often in that order).

    Young Jakey suffers with this terrible condition, his bones grow extra bones until eventually he will be encaged within all this extra bone. This is of great interest to The Bone Collector, great interest indeed. The Bone Collector has a taste for unusual bones, and noting will stand in the way of him adding what he wants to his collection. As a young boy he was taught the skills required by his father, this generational evil is passed down the line.

    Other children are missing, really awful and at first obscure "calling cards" are left at the abduction sites. Policewoman Etta Fitzroy is on the case and will not let go until she has caught the evil that is taking these precious children and not returning them home to their mummies and daddies. I loved Etta - she is very flawed and very real. She likes to buck the rules if she thinks it will get results, she really does put herself on the line a lot. She is tenacious and determined and I loved her as one of my new female police characters. I can't wait for more books hopefully from Fiona Cummins featuring Etta.

    There was nothing not to love.

    It might only be November but if this is an indicator of the quality of books being released in 2017 then it's going to be a very good year! I highly recommend this book. It will appeal to readers of crime, psychological thrillers even those that like mild horror and dark fiction. It's got something just a bit special about it. I hope to God I never cross paths with The Bone Collector ever.

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  • Zuky
    Jan 28, 2017

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    This novel has been seriously surrounded with hype these past few weeks so I was really eager to get into it, unfortunately, I do not seem to love it as much as others have. I didn’t find it that creepy and I couldn’t really connect with the characters, especially Etta Fitzroy.

    This wasn’t a bad novel, it was just mediocre. From the hype surrounding it, I thought this was going to be shocking, exciting and scary all at the same time but

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    This novel has been seriously surrounded with hype these past few weeks so I was really eager to get into it, unfortunately, I do not seem to love it as much as others have. I didn’t find it that creepy and I couldn’t really connect with the characters, especially Etta Fitzroy.

    This wasn’t a bad novel, it was just mediocre. From the hype surrounding it, I thought this was going to be shocking, exciting and scary all at the same time but it wasn’t really any of that. In fact, it’s quite a slow paced thriller and there certainly isn’t any mystery to it. Cummins is a good writer and she’s done an excellent job at developing each of her characters but the plot didn’t really strike me as anything incredible. There was only one thing that

    me about this book, and that was Erdman and Lilith’s child's name… Jakey? Seriously? That’s not a name.

    The

    of The Bone Collector is what scared me the most, and this is because it reminded me of a “true story” from Reddit/Creepy Pasta that is the stuff of nightmares for me (literally). It’s called

    ugh, I just got shivers. (It was also created into a short film, here

    ). The slender, dead eyed, pinstripe suit wearing description of The Bone Collector made me think of The Smiling Man immediately and from then on, I couldn’t get the image out of my head.

    The "spoiler" below is a creepy picture of what I kind of imagine both The Smiling Man and The Bone Collector to look like. I hid it so I wouldn’t scare anyone! Open at your own risk!

    Overall, I’m quite disappointed in this novel for not living up to my expectations. I still enjoyed it, kinda. The plot was different and interesting, Cummins bad guy was unique etc but when something is as hyped as this was, you expect really great things and this wasn’t. It was simply an average thriller.

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  • Paromjit
    Dec 29, 2016

    This is a chilling debut from Fiona Cummins revolving around a serial killer, The Bone Collector, and his obsession with collecting unusual and rare animal and human skeletal deformities. They are displayed in the bizarre family museum of which he is the curator. His interest extends to abducting children who have bone abnormalities, like Clara Foyle and Jakey, who has Stone Man Syndrome where his body grows new bones that leads to the sufferer being encased in a prison of bones. The Bone Collec

    This is a chilling debut from Fiona Cummins revolving around a serial killer, The Bone Collector, and his obsession with collecting unusual and rare animal and human skeletal deformities. They are displayed in the bizarre family museum of which he is the curator. His interest extends to abducting children who have bone abnormalities, like Clara Foyle and Jakey, who has Stone Man Syndrome where his body grows new bones that leads to the sufferer being encased in a prison of bones. The Bone Collector's intention is to display their skeletons in his museum. DS Fitzroy is haunted by the killing of young Grace Rodriguez and leads the hunt for Clara and Jakey.

    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.

    It is the author's excellent skills in placing the reader right in the midst of what the characters experience that is the greatest strength of the story. Seeing through their eyes ensures we feel their agonies, fears, stresses and frustrations. You root for DS Fitzroy despite her flaws, and understand the pressures she is working under. I would highly recommend this character driven novel as a atmospheric and absorbing read. Many thanks to Pan MacMillan for an ARC.

  • Joanne Robertson
    Jan 10, 2017

    Now I'm a bit of a wimp when it comes to horror! I physically can't watch horror films and I can't read horror books either, mainly as it would be rather difficult to read with a huge cushion in front of my eyes. They tend to get into my head and transfer to my nightmares way too easily for me! Concerned that I was only missing out Rattle due to my nervous disposition, I became determined to "man up" and give it a go. I was rather worried though about comparisons to Silence of the Lambs, a book

    Now I'm a bit of a wimp when it comes to horror! I physically can't watch horror films and I can't read horror books either, mainly as it would be rather difficult to read with a huge cushion in front of my eyes. They tend to get into my head and transfer to my nightmares way too easily for me! Concerned that I was only missing out Rattle due to my nervous disposition, I became determined to "man up" and give it a go. I was rather worried though about comparisons to Silence of the Lambs, a book I was too scared to read and a film I had only heard (that big cushion again!) But fear not, this is so much more than a scary serial killer crime thriller. Or should I say be afraid, be VERY afraid because Rattle is also a terrifying shock fest with a totally unique and gripping plot. Yes, it scared the **** out of me but I loved every minute!

    The Bone Collector is one of the creepiest and darkest characters I think I have ever come across. His quest to secure the best exhibits for his personal museum sees him methodically hunting down his victims based on the unique pathology of their bone disorders. And children are very much top of his grotesque shopping list. I could feel my blood pressure rising as I kept reading "just one more chapter", terrified by the thought of what was about to happen to those poor children. But the stylish writing and the remarkable character creations, especially that of detective Etta Fitzroy, kept me turning the pages-there was no way I was going to let The Bone Collector scare me away! I loved Etta's determination and how the search for closure for previous victims took over to such an extent that it affected her personal life.

    Once picked up you won't be letting this book out of your sight. It's a completely engrossing tale that really stands out from the crowd with its dark and chilling storyline but I had the feeling that it was also sending out an unexpected message of hope. I felt like I had been living out my own personal fears of loss and mortality alongside the affected families, with The Bone Collector a ghostly "grim reaper" presence, watching and waiting in the shadows. But by the end, I actually felt quite uplifted, which surprised me and I do love a book that messes with my emotions as you well know!

    This is a fantastic debut and I can't wait to see where Fiona Cummins takes us next. Be warned though that it can be rather gory in places, as you might expect from the cover blurb, so that's worth remembering if you are a little bit squeamish. But for me, every gruesome detail was relevant necessity and I didn't hide behind that cushion once!

  • Miriam Smith
    Feb 24, 2017

    "Rattle" by Fiona Cummins is a decent enough serial killer/psychopath thriller, written well for a debut author, but unfortunately for me it did not live up to the hype of all the rave reviews I've read about. I wasn't scared at all and in no way did this compare to 'Silence of the Lambs' and I've read all the books in that series and was definitely spooked out with them. The premise of the story was fine and it had a really original concept to the plot line, it was just for me there was too muc

    "Rattle" by Fiona Cummins is a decent enough serial killer/psychopath thriller, written well for a debut author, but unfortunately for me it did not live up to the hype of all the rave reviews I've read about. I wasn't scared at all and in no way did this compare to 'Silence of the Lambs' and I've read all the books in that series and was definitely spooked out with them. The premise of the story was fine and it had a really original concept to the plot line, it was just for me there was too much about the families of the children involved and I just didn't take to DS Etta Fitzroy and throughout the book I started skipping chapters.

    I'm sure this will still be a really popular book - based on other readers reviews I actually bought a signed copy of "Rattle" from Goldsboro Books - so I'm sure other readers will be tempted to read it, and no doubt will probably enjoy it but alas it was not for me.

  • Chloe
    Feb 26, 2017

    Rattle is one scary, creepy extremely well written novel by debut author Fiona Cummins.

    The Bone Collector is a serial killer who likes to collect skeletons of victims with rare form of bone disorders for his display museum. He kidnaps 5-year-old Clara Foyle who has cleft hand from her nursery school. The parents are torn apart and then the Bone Collector sets his eyes on Jackey who has Stone Man Syndrome that causes a second skeleton to be formed. While Jackey and his family are in danger Detect

    Rattle is one scary, creepy extremely well written novel by debut author Fiona Cummins.

    The Bone Collector is a serial killer who likes to collect skeletons of victims with rare form of bone disorders for his display museum. He kidnaps 5-year-old Clara Foyle who has cleft hand from her nursery school. The parents are torn apart and then the Bone Collector sets his eyes on Jackey who has Stone Man Syndrome that causes a second skeleton to be formed. While Jackey and his family are in danger Detective Etta Fitzroy starts investigating Clara Foyle’s disappearance at the expense of her own personal life.

    The characters in this book are very well developed and the story keeps on your toes. The author portrays the strain that Jackey’s disease has on his parents and the effect of a disappearance of a child on a marriage skillfully. It is a disturbing read due to the violence against children but a very well written book and a Must Read for all psychological thriller lovers .

    Many thanks to the publisher & NetGalley for this advance reader copy in exchange for my honest and fair review.

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