To celebrate the paperback publication day for Fiona Cummins terrific second crime thriller, The Collector, I’m re-sharing my original review which I posted on my blog last year. Rattle and The Collector are must reads if you enjoy pacy crime thrillers.
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.
For those of you who read and loved Rattle you really are in for a treat with The Collector, and if you haven’t read Rattle yet, well you better get your skates on because you do not want to be missing out. Fiona Cummins writing is utterly gripping, so when you start this book, you best make sure that you don’t have any plans for the rest of the day.
I read Fiona Cummins debut novel Rattle towards the end of 2016. It was one of the creepiest books that I’ve recently read, and it made my top ten books of 2016; I was pressing it into the hands of everyone I knew. So I was so excited when The Collector was posted through my letterbox, and Fiona Cummins has done it again.
In The Collector we follow off from where Rattle left off. If you haven’t read Rattle yet, please stop reading here as I don’t want to spoil the story for you. Jakey Frith has escaped the clutches of The Bone Collector, and he and his family are starting a new life in Leigh on Sea. But The Bone Collector has returned, and he has never forgotten the boy that has escaped. But Clara Foyle has never been rescued, and the police are beginning to lose hope that she’ll ever be found, the most they can hope to discover is a body for her parents to bury. But Detective Sergeant Etta Fitzroy is determined not to let Clara’s parents down. She knows she is running out of time. Can she find Clara before it’s too late, and can she finally bring The Bone Collector to justice?
Fiona is a master of tension. The chapters are short and snappy, and each one leaves you demanding more. Each chapter is headed with the time which was a great way of adding to the tension, reminding the reader that time is running out for the detective and that the detectives are racing against the clock to find Clara and The Collector before he strikes again.
The villain in this book is seriously scary; Fiona had me holding my breath on several occasions, particularly in those final scenes. I really felt for Jakey Frith and Clara Foyle. Jakey is determined to help his friend, even, though he knows, it may cost him his life. He is an incredible character who I think will stay in the minds of many readers.
The Collector once again showcases some excellent writing from Fiona Cummins. I can’t wait to read what she writes next.
Publication date: 4th October 2018
Print length: 432 pages