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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (21 Sept. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 150981227X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1509812271
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
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An excellent read (Martina Cole)

It's a rare debut that has this much polish. Harrowing and horrifying, head and shoulders above most of the competition (Val McDermid)

Sharp, moving and wholly original. Rattle is a breath of fresh air (Tammy Cohen)

A creepy crime debut with shades of Babadook about it . . . I think it will be huge (Sarah Hilary)

Gripping. A total page-turner. A rattling good read (D E Meredith)

Cleverest and creepiest plot I've read in a long time. Left me breathless with fear . . . utterly brilliant (Michelle Davies)

Tearing through RATTLE. It's brilliant! (Tasha Kavanagh)

Original, vivid, stunningly written with a plot that shocks and disturbs from the very first page. Leaves you holding your breath . . . a fantastic read (Debbie Howells)

A chilling and inventive debut (Simon Beckett)

Fast-paced, vivid and confident – you are in the hands of an accomplished storyteller. Not only does it smother with its horror, it startles and uplifts with its humanity (Julia Crouch)

So here's a book to look forward to in 2017 . . . #Rattle by talented Fiona Cummins. Chilling, original and beautifully written. Loved it! (Amanda Jennings)

Taut, menacing and brilliantly written (Louise Millar)

Rattle is such an original thriller; a novel that plumbs the depths of evil yet stuns you with its humanity. The writing is never less than sublime (Colette McBeth)

Seriously creepy and very well written. One that'll have you double checking your door's are locked at night (Ali Land)

Original, gripping and beautifully written - I love this book (Alice Feeney)

Amid the outpouring of crime novels centred on missing children, Rattle is up there with the best of them. Fiona Cummins has created an exceptionally creepy psychopathic killer . . . A gem of a scary debut (Marcel Berlins in The Times)

Vividly contrasts the apparent normality of suburbia with the awful truths it can conceal . . . A thriller that is capable of keeping you up all night ― and then haunting your dreams. Creepy and accomplished, it is not quite as scary as Lecter, but close (Daily Mail)

Serial killers don’t come much scarier than the monstrous creation who haunts this astonishingly assured debut, which transforms London’s leafy suburb of Blackheath into a realm of mythic horror . . . as the tension and urgency escalates, Cummins takes you on a macabre but riveting thrill ride (Sunday Mirror)

A highly original and creepy tale that rattles along with menace and does not let up until the cracking finale (Daily Express)

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A gripping psychological thriller from a debut author that gives a glimpse into the mind of a psychopath more frightening than you could possibly imagine

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Best book I've read in ages. I didn't want it to end. Made me feel sick at times, it was such a unique and unusual story but terrifying.
At the beginning I thought it too wordy but I got used to it as I went along.
Hope there's a next one!
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I’m never going to say no to a serial killer thriller. When I heard about Rattle by debut author Fiona Cummins, I was desperate to read it. Rattle is creepy and unnerving. It totally gripped me with its unique and fascinating subject matter, involving a chronic bone illness ‘Stone Man Syndrome’.

The Bone Collector is the star of the show. I’m sorry to say that the comparisons with Hannibal Lector do not hold up. This is not a terrifying horror story, of epic proportions. You are not going to have nightmares. You will feel unsettled. Our psychopath is massively weird, completely captivating in his pursuit of evil goals and clever.

Rattle is a story of child abduction, of a family in fear and a father on a mission. In the background there is the Bone Collector, a child catcher, watching and waiting. Detective Sargeant Ella Fitzroy is searching for clues. This is dark. We know what will happen to the little girl, if she is not rescued. Will the Bone Collector be found in time?

I’m IMPRESSED. Rattle may not make your teeth rattle, but it definitely will set them on edge. Fiona Cummins hints of more to come. Excellent. I need to know what happens next…

Recommended!
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I loved Rattle and can't praise it highly enough - the writing is brilliant, the plot is brilliant... in fact, everything about it is brilliant. There aren't many serial killer books around at present, so it's certainly very different to other crime novels too.

The plot is chilling - children are going missing and it seems that there is a serial killer on the loose. He's evil, creepy and certainly someone to avoid - but that's not easy when you have something he wants and he'll do anything to get it.

Fiona Cummins writes atmospheric chilling prose - vivid descriptions of people and places that made my skin tingle - and has created a gripping plot filled with action, intrigue and believable characters. I held my breath for many of the final chapters. The book has clearly been well researched and I found the medical background fascinating (possibly because of my own interests in health and medicine). This is a crime thriller with unbelievable depth.

Rattle is stunning. I couldn't put it down - yet didn't want it to end. Just as well there's a sequel in the pipeline!
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For a debut novel I was gripped from the very beginning and read it over 2 days as I couldn't put it down. Fiona Cummins introduces you to all the characters and taps into the fear that all parents have of a child going missing and I could totally empathise with both Amy and Lilith as the secrets and lies unfolded in their lives. I certainly reiterated stranger danger with my daughter whilst reading this!! I was left wanting more and hope that Fiona Cummins plans a sequel.
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I really thought I was going to love this book and yes it did have elements where it was incredibly creepy and unnerving but all in all I found it slightly predictable and I guessed the twist fairly early on (which is unusual for me!)

I didn't storm through this book and in fact it took me a while to read it and I tend to judge a book by how much I want to pick up my Kindle and read and with this book I wasn't doing that. That said it's certainly not a terrible book and the characters are fairly well fleshed out and believable but the book as a whole just wasn't for me.

I would definitely give this author another go as I think she definitely has potential to write a great book in the future.
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An interesting and gripping story overall, although some of the characters were quite annoying. I felt that the author was stretching credibility in parts as in the case of a hospital patient who is on a ventilator and hooked up to various tubes, yet is abducted from under the noses of the staff!
Also, it would appear that there were some super-human people in the story who were able to bounce back to near normality after sustaining viscous injuries!. Nevertheless, it's a compulsive read and the ending isn't really the ending but the start - hopefully - of a sequel.
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By Matt TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Jan. 2017
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I seem to be very much in the minority here; this book has received much praise from critics and readers alike, but I can't say I was wowed by it.

Fiona Cummins is certainly adept at creating a creepy, chilling atmosphere but the story took an inordinately long time to get going. I usually prefer a 'slow burn' thriller but it was over 300 pages before the plot really began to kick into gear, much of that taken up with repeated descriptions of how the two families of the missing children were crumbling under the stress of the situation - important, yes, but dwelt upon to unnecessary lengths in my humble opinion. While the traumatised families were featured at great length, Detective Etta Fitzroy remained rather an elusive figure; we learn she longs to have a child, but very little else.

The writing is decent for the most part but the author has a habit of using very unusual metaphors; admittedly this is preferable to writing in cliches, but many of them were so odd that I felt they failed to convey the appropriate effect, making the prose rather jarring to read.

As the hype promises, it's a very dark and at times distressing read, but (for me, at least) it didn't quite live up to expectations.
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