This novel has been seriously surrounded with hype these past few weeks so I was really eager to get into it, unfortunately, I do not seem to love it as much as others have. I didn’t find it that creepy and I couldn’t really connect with the characters, especially Etta Fitzroy.
This wasn’t a bad novel, it was just mediocre. From the hype surrounding it, I thought this was going to be shocking, exciting and scary all at the same time but it wasn’t really any of that. In fact, it’s quite a slow paced thriller and there certainly isn’t any mystery to it. Cummins is a good writer and she’s done an excellent job at developing each of her characters but the plot didn’t really strike me as anything incredible. There was only one thing that annoyed me about this book, and that was Erdman and Lilith’s child’s name… Jakey? Seriously? That’s not a name.
The appearance of The Bone Collector is what scared me the most, and this is because it reminded me of a “true story” from Reddit/Creepy Pasta that is the stuff of nightmares for me (literally). It’s called The Smiling Man… ugh, I just got shivers. (It was also created into a short film, here here). The slender, dead-eyed, pinstripe suit wearing description of The Bone Collector made me think of The Smiling Man immediately and from then on, I couldn’t get the image out of my head.
This is a creepy picture of what I kind of imagine both The Smiling Man and The Bone Collector to look like. I hid it in a link so I wouldn’t scare anyone! Open at your own risk!
Overall, I’m quite disappointed in this novel for not living up to my expectations. I still enjoyed it, kinda. The plot was different and interesting, Cummins’ bad guy was unique etc but when something is as hyped as this was, you expect really great things and this wasn’t. It was simply an average thriller.
Thanks to Netgalley and Pan Macmillan for giving me the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.