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Monday, 22 January 2018

The Collector @FionaAnnCummins @panmacmillan

About The Collector

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.

My review of The Collector

The Collector is the sequel to Rattle, Fiona Cummin's first novel which I absolutely loved.  I therefore approached The Collector with a feeling of nervousness and excitement,  as I wanted to love this book just as much.  Well, I did. What a terrifying, eerie and dark read this is. I had to read it with the lights on!

The Collector picks up where Rattle ended, so if you haven't already read Rattle, then I suggest you do so, plus, reading this review may unintentionally give away spoilers about Rattle.

At the end of Rattle the little boy Jakey managed to escape from the Bone Collector. However,  the little girl, Clara, was not so lucky, and is still missing. Her family are being torn apart in not knowing where their daughter is. That's all I'm going to write about the plot, as I really don't want to give anything away.

This book is dark, twisted and made me feel uneasy. The character of the Bone Collector is so shockingly real that he made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. He is disturbing and utterly believable.  Fiona Cummins is such a gifted storyteller of all things macabre,  and some scenes did turn my stomach, not only because of the physical descriptions, but the reason behind them.

The Collector is a fascinating read.  One which is fast, punchy and doesn't let up. We have the central character of the Bone Collector,  but equally fascinating is Etta Fitzroy, the detective who is on his trail and seeking justice and revenge. Here we have a woman who is human, caring, and equally as flawed, but I love her for the fact that she is stubbornly determined and single minded about bringing the Bone Collector to justice. You wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of her.

This book brings to the surface a whole range of emotions. Repulsion towards the Bone Collector, empathy and sorrow for Clara's parents, admiration for Etta and the overall sense that not everything is right in the world.

The Collector is an enjoyable dark and macabre type of read, but with human emotion at its core. It is unsettling. It's not for the faint hearted, but it is one fantastic breathtaking read. If you loved Rattle you will love this, and I found it much darker.

With thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing a digital copy for review purposes.

The Collector is available to reads s an eBook now and will publish in hardback on 22 Feb by Macmillan. It can be found on Amazon here.

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