The #Bookvent Calendar 2017: Day 22


#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2017 

Today’s #bookvent2017 choice is another book I read at the very start of the year. I don’t recall how I ended up choosing it, I think probably another blogger’s recommendation but the story seemed up my street and I do love a good police procedural. But this one … this book. Wow. As soon as I started reading I knew I’d lucked into reading something pretty special. A strange man targeting young children, taking them from their homes and their families with a very specific and horrific purpose in mind. It is so hard to believe that this was the author’s debut as it’s fabulous. My twenty second #bookvent pick is …



by Fiona Cummins


A serial killer to chill your bones

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.

Oh I loved this book. There is something so very appealing about a really dark storyline and this one ticked all of my boxes. From the disturbed and disturbing collector, to the brilliantly crafted Etta Fitzroy, this book has everything I like in a book with a very macabre edge to it. The violence is not spelt out, more implied, but the story, one involving very young children, is as edgy as it needs to be to keep the reader on the hook. There is a kind of ‘Silence of the Lambs’ vibe to it, in terms of the purpose behind ‘the collectors’ obsession, and as you come to discover the reasons, the more horrified you will be. Etta Fitzroy is a very intriguing character too. Damaged and haunted, as all good Detectives are, she has a level of empathy for the victims which is all-consuming but highly compelling. With exceptional pacing. multi-character perspective and a story which is chilling, engaging and emotional in equal measure this is a book which deserves to be recognised and I can;t wait to read the follow up, The Collector.

You can read my full review of Rattle right here, and purchase a copy of the book from the following links:

Amazon UK | Amazon US | Kobo | Waterstones


Happy #bookvent reading all