Fiona Cummins - Author

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.

 

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Featured books by Fiona Cummins

Into the Dark

Into the Dark

Author: Fiona Cummins Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/04/2022

This fabulous crime thriller is full, absolutely stuffed full to overflowing with intense, smart, powerful writing. A local family goes missing in suspicious circumstances, the police, their friends and neighbours rush to fill in the gaps of their disappearance in order to find them. The novel runs along different timelines, revealing stories from both before and after the Holden’s were found to be missing. A number of different strands open up, running alongside each other, but in themselves independent. It feels as though there are enough stories here to fill several separate novels, yet it doesn’t ever feel cluttered. Fiona Cummins keeps the characters, time frames, and plot all spinning up in the air with aplomb, any that drop and smash open are done so deliberately and I found myself on tenterhooks, waiting for the next to fall. The darkness grows, stealing across the pages, almost overwhelming in its intensity. The words crept into my thoughts, suggesting, encouraging suspicion and questions to grow and expand. Even though I had been led to expect some of the events taking place, I was still shocked when they did, and that is the skill of the writing here. I found myself on that wonderful reading clifftop of suspense before falling out into the heart-stopping void, and so I’ve chosen Into the Dark as a Liz Pick of the Month. This breath-stealing novel offers dramatic, satisfying, pure reading pleasure, so we also declare it a LoveReading Star Book.

Books of the Month
Rattle

Rattle

Author: Fiona Cummins Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/08/2017

A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Set in South London, Fiona Cummins' debut is insidious and icy in its depiction of a psychopath whose modus operandi could have Hannibal Lecter flinching and proves a worthy addition to the pantheon of malevolent grotesques of crime fiction. At times, it feels like Thomas Harris meets John Fowles' Collector, and this is no faint praise. Detective Sergeant Etta Fitzroy is still haunted by the disappearance of a little girl when another child goes missing, abducted outside her school gate and she manages to connect the cases. Her journey takes her into very dark places as a most sinister set-up eventually comes to light involving bone collecting and a series of fraying relationships mined by the weight of time and society. Cummins is particularly adept at portraying characters whose lives are on the verge of falling apart and generates a prevalent mood of gloom well in harmony with her creepy subject. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

eBooks of the Month

Other books by Fiona Cummins

When I Was Ten

When I Was Ten

Author: Fiona Cummins Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/04/2021

'GRIPS LIKE A VICE' - Val McDermid 'Absorbing, tense and beautifully paced' - Daily Mail Twenty-one years ago, Dr Richard Carter and his wife Pamela were killed in what has become the most infamous double murder of the modern age. Their ten year-old daughter - nicknamed the Angel of Death - spent eight years in a children's secure unit and is living quietly under an assumed name with a family of her own. Now, on the anniversary of the trial, a documentary team has tracked down her older sister, compelling her to break two decades of silence. Her explosive interview sparks national headlines and journalist Brinley Booth, a childhood friend of the Carter sisters, is tasked with covering the news story. For the first time, the three women are forced to confront what really happened that night - with devastating consequences for them all. When I Was Ten is the highly anticipated, stay-up-all-night next book by acclaimed crime author Fiona Cummins. 'I finished it with my heart in my mouth. Highly recommended' - Louise Candlish 'Dark, creepy and ultimately compassionate... a chilling look at the consequences of a childhood gone wrong' - JP Delaney 'Utterly compelling; a true just-one-more-chapter thriller' - Clare Mackintosh 'Pacy, dark and surprises to the bitter end. Loved it' - Fiona Barton

The Neighbour

The Neighbour

Author: Fiona Cummins Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/10/2019

For fans of The Family Across the Street by Nicole Trope and The Cottage by Lisa Stone, The Neighbour by Fiona Cummins is a twisting thriller about a quiet neighbourhood that's hiding a deadly secret. 'Creepy as hell and kept me guessing to the very end' - Ian Rankin A new home. A new start. It's all the Lockwoods want. And on The Avenue, a leafy street in an Essex town near the sea, it seems possible. But what if what they want isn't what they get? On their moving-in day they arrive to a media frenzy. A serial killer has struck in the woods behind The Avenue. The police are investigating. And the neighbours quite clearly have secrets. With their dream quickly turning into a nightmare, the Lockwoods are watching everyone. But who's watching them? Praise for Fiona Cummins: 'Trust me - Cummins is a keeper' - Lee Child 'Head and shoulders above the rest' - Val McDermid 'A crime novel of the very first order' - David Baldacci Dark, intriguing and gripping' - Laura Marshall 'What a storyteller' - Caz Frear 'A nightmarishly addictive read' - CJ Tudor 'Enthralled from beginning to end as each page drips with threat and menace' - Liz Nugent

The Collector

The Collector

Author: Fiona Cummins Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/02/2018

'A crime novel of the very first order' - David Baldacci If you like Mo Hayder and Thomas Harris, you'll love 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.

Der Knochensammler - Die Rache

Der Knochensammler - Die Rache

Author: Fiona Cummins Format: Ebook Release Date: 24/08/2017

Seit seiner Flucht aus London halt sich der Knochensammler in einem kleinen Ort am Meer versteckt. Unerkannt und geduldig wartet er auf einen gunstigen Moment, um mit dem Wiederaufbau seiner Sammlung zu beginnen. Gleichzeitig sucht er nach einem Nachfolger, einem gelehrigen Schuler, dem er all sein Wissen weitergeben kann.Als der Knochensammler Saul Anguish begegnet, wei er, dass er den perfekten Erben gefunden hat. Saul ist sechzehn, verwahrlost und verfuhrbar. Leichte Beute, wie geschaffen fur sein Vorhaben.Mit ihm wird er seinen perfiden Plan vollenden. Und dann wird er Rache nehmen. An denen, die ihn um seinen allergroten Schatz gebracht haben. Unbeschreiblich schlimme Rache ...Nach "e;Der Knochensammler - Die Ernte"e; nun Teil zwei des schauderhaft genialen Thrillerduos mit Bestseller-Format - so nervenzerfetzend wie Mo Hayders "e;Der Vogelmann"e;, so abgrundig und faszinierend wie "e;Die Chemie des Todes"e;.

Der Knochensammler - Die Ernte

Der Knochensammler - Die Ernte

Author: Fiona Cummins Format: Ebook Release Date: 23/03/2017

Er sammelt aus Leidenschaft. Knochen. Menschliche Knochen.Doch das Herzstuck fehlt ihm noch in seiner Sammlung.Die Knochen von Jakey. Einem sechsjahrigen Jungen, der am Munchmeyer-Syndrom leidet, einer seltenen Knochenkrankheit, die Jakeys Korper langsam verknochern lasst ...Den Knochensammler vergisst so schnell niemand mehr: Wie ein Schatten gleitet er durch Londons Straen und verfolgt einen teuflischen Plan. Fiona Cummins' "e;Der Knochensammler - Die Ernte"e; ist ein schauderhaft genialer Thriller mit Bestseller-Format - so nervenzerfetzend wie Mo Hayders "e;Der Vogelmann"e;, so abgrundig und faszinierend wie "e;Die Chemie des Todes"e;.

Rattle

Rattle

Author: Fiona Cummins Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/01/2017

The No.1 Bestseller by debut author Fiona Cummins A serial killer to chill your bones 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. Set in London's Blackheath, Rattle by Fiona Cummins explores the seam of darkness that runs through us all; the struggle between light and shadow, redemption and revenge. It is a glimpse into the mind of a sinister psychopath. And it's also a story about not giving up hope when it seems that all hope is already lost.

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