Publication: 22nd February from Pan Macmillan
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.
It is 100 days since Clara Foyle was abducted and already her parents have separated. Her mother is losing it and her father can’t communicate with her any longer and has moved out. Everyone assumes Clara is dead, but her mother can’t help hoping against hope that she will be found alive.
Detective Sergeant Etta Fitzroy knows she messed up last time, and she is determined that she will get Howley this time; but for Etta this time there is more at stake and she may end up losing more than she bargained for.
If you enjoyed Rattle, you are going to love The Collector. Fiona Cummins follow up to her debut success is an even stronger, way creepier book that its predecessor. In part this is because the characters really come into their own in this book. Here we have people that we care about, children to whom our hearts go out, and characters whose backgrounds would challenge anyone.
Chief amongst these is the brave wee boy with Stone Man syndrome, Jakey Frith, who barely escaped the Collector’s clutches in the last book. He can’t stop thinking about Clara, the 5 year old girl he left behind when he escaped the burning house after having been collected by the merciless killer. Jakey’s dad, Erdman is back at work as a reporter trying to keep the family together in their new home in Leigh on Sea. I also liked Etta’s new partner, DC Toni Storm and the interplay between the two really worked.
Dark, atmospheric and utterly chilling, this book takes you places you did not want to know about, tears your heart in two and then twists it around and throws it back at you.
There are quite a few heart stopping moments in this utterly gripping novel, so much so that I was transfixed by some of the descriptive passages and could almost smell the fear that exuded from the pages.
Beautifully crafted, tightly plotted and with a good pace to it, this is an exceptionally creepy book with the ability to squeeze your heart in more than one way.
Well written and with a brilliantly constructed plot, this is an excellent book that deserves to be a best seller.
About Fiona Cummins
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.
The Collector is her second novel.
Follow Fiona on @FionaAnnCummins