Menschliche Knochen sind seine Leidenschaft. Er sammelt sie mit Hingabe und Geduld. Seit seiner Flucht aus London hält er sich in einem kleinen Ort am Meer versteckt und hat eine junge Frau im Visier, deren Gesicht durch eine Fehlbildung entstellt ist. Perfekt für seine grausige Sammlung. Und er braucht einen Nachfolger. Dann wird er Rache nehmen. An denen, die ihn um seinen größten Schatz gebracht haben.
Er sammelt aus Leidenschaft. Knochen. Menschliche Knochen. Doch das Herzstück fehlt ihm noch in seiner Sammlung. Die Knochen von Jakey. Einem sechsjährigen Jungen, der am Münchmeyer-Syndrom leidet, einer seltenen Krankheit, die Jakeys Körper langsam verknöchern lässt. Wie ein Schatten gleitet er durch Londons Straßen und verfolgt einen teuflischen Plan.
The place: Seawings, a beautiful art deco home overlooking the sweep of the bay in Midtown-on-Sea. The crime: the gilded Holden family—Piper and Gray and their two teenage children, Riva and Artie—has vanished from the house without a trace. The detective: DS Saul Anguish, brilliant but with a dark past, treads the narrow line between light and shade. One late autumn morning, Piper’s best friend arrives at Seawings to discover an eerie scene.
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 10-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.
Clara is clinging to the hope that someone will come and save her. The Bone Collector has a new apprentice to take over his family’s legacy. But he can’t forget the boy who got away and the detective who had destroyed his dreams. Detective Etta Fitzroy’s life collapsed when the Collector escaped. With Clara still missing, and a new wave of uncannily similar murders beginning, will she be able to find him again?
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.
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. 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.