The Collector by Fiona Cummins

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*Many thanks to the author and publisher for my review copy!

About the author:


Fiona Cummins is an award-winning former Daily Mirror showbusiness journalist and a graduate of the Faber Academy Writing A Novel course. Rattle, her debut novel, has been translated into several languages and received widespread critical acclaim from authors including Val McDermid, Lee Child and Martina Cole. Marcel Berlins wrote in The Times: ‘Amid the outpouring of crime novels, Rattle is up there with the best of them.’
Fiona was selected for McDermid’s prestigious New Blood panel at the 2017 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, where her novel was nominated for a Dead Good Reader Award for Most Exceptional Debut.
Rattle is now being adapted into a six-part TV series by the producers of Golden Globe-nominated Miss Sloane.
Her second novel, The Collector is available now.
When Fiona is not writing, she can be found on Twitter, eating biscuits or walking her dog. She lives in Essex with her family.

About the book:

Jakey escaped with his life and moved to a new town.
His rescue was a miracle but his parents know that the Collector is still out there, watching, waiting . . .

Clara, the girl he left behind, dreams of being found.
Her mother is falling apart but she will not give up hope.

The Collector has found an apprentice to take over his family’s legacy.
But he can’t forget the one who got away and the detective who destroyed his dreams.

DS Etta Fitzroy must hunt him down before his obsession destroys them all.

Available now, click HERE to order your copy!

My thoughts:

I loved Rattle when I read it, so I was super excited to get a copy of The Collector to read and review. I absolutely banged through it in less than 24 hours. Every available moment was spent with my nose in this book because it was just so compelling that I couldn’t put it down until the very end.

In The Collector, we’re back with the characters from Rattle, along with being introduced to some great new characters as well. I think its safe to say that my favourite character is little Jakey Frith. He is wise beyond his years, and some of the scenes with him in The Collector are more than a little emotional.

The Collector is the perfect follow-up to Rattle. It has the same creeping sense of dread, with a very menacing undertone. The macabre darkness that flows through the narrative made me shudder more than once, and I was afraid of what was going to happen to the characters. I’m not going to say any more than that about the plot, other than you need it in your life!

I love the author’s writing style. It is clear, well-constructed and very clever. Fiona Cummins is certainly one to watch and I for one can’t wait to see what she gives us next. I know I would love to catch up with these characters again, but regardless of what she writes, I am definitely a huge fan!

Highly recommended!

Previous reviews:

Rattle by Fiona Cummins







Rattle by Fiona Cummins


*My thanks to Francesca at Pan Macmillan for my review copy*

About the book:

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.

Out on Jan 26th, click HERE to preorder your copy!

About the author:

Fiona Cummins is an award-winning former Daily Mirror showbusiness journalist and a graduate of the Faber Academy Writing A Novel course. She lives in Essex with her family. Rattle is her first novel.

My thoughts:

I had Rattle on my TBR shelves for a few weeks, so I decided to make it my last read of 2016 and what an excellent book to finish with.

If you’re looking for a book that will grab you immediately and not let you go until the final pages, then definitely add Rattle to your lists. Packed full of twists and turns, it will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat. I couldn’t stop reading and one more chapter was never enough!

Rattle is a thriller first and foremost, but there is also real depth to the characters and their own issues, which makes the reader empathise with them I think. This is clever because the reader becomes invested in their fates and will race through the book to find out whats happening!

As for the antagonist, you all know by now that I like a good deranged character. Well its safe to say I wasn’t disappointed with that character in Rattle. Creepy, introverted and with an absolutely warped world view, I really liked him! Odd, I know, but you know what I mean. The things he did are terrible, but I do love a good killer!

No plot spoilers, but its safe to say I thoroughly enjoyed Rattle. An absolutely gripping book, with a sense of menace that creeps up on you until you realise you’re holding your breath!!! Loved it!

Highly recommended!