Format: Kindle Edition
Published: 5th January 2015
Publisher: Stripes Publishing
Genre: YA Horror
Synopsis taken from Goodreads:
We’re waiting for you to come and play. Dunvegan School for Girls has been closed for many years. Converted into a family home, the teachers and students are long gone. But they left something behind…Sophie arrives at the old schoolhouse to spend the summer with her cousins. Brooding Cameron with his scarred hand, strange Lilias with a fear of bones and Piper, who seems just a bit too good to be true. And then there’s her other cousin. The girl with a room full of antique dolls. The girl that shouldn’t be there. The girl that died.
Wow, wow, wow! I have had to give myself a few days in order to be able to write this review coherently. This book has given me a complete book hangover!
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. As a free Kindle download, I thought it could go one of two ways – but at least I hadn’t paid a huge amount for it just to be disappointed. Boy, was I totally surprised – I absolutely devoured this book and it is my favourite of 2015 (so far!).
I enjoy horror movies, the jumpier the better. I have never really read anything remotely horror though, so this was (surprisingly) a first for me. I don’t think the Goosebumps series that I read as a kid can really count 😉
Frozen Charlotte is creepy, really creepy. It is based on dolls – Frozen Charlottes – and man, did they give me the shivers. I had never heard of or seen a Frozen Charlotte doll before, so had to do an internet search. So blinkin’ creepy *shudders*. I hate dolls at the best of times, let alone tiny, talking, giggling, murderous porcelain ones.
The setting really lends itself to the eerie nature of the plot. The Isle of Skye is completely atmospheric, the vivid imagery that Bell creates is captivating. The old boarding school is a great ‘venue’ for a horror story. A huge, old house with lots of rooms and old photos of the past lives held there add lots of suspense and drama.
Sophie was a great narrator – dealing with loss and grief, she heads to her cousins house for some answers. She was headstrong and gutsy – a little too much at times. I found myself willing her not to go looking around the house in the dark, alone, with only her camera flash to illuminate the rooms. Eek! Scared me half to death. Cameron, Lilias and Piper are also very strong characters. Each display bizarre behaviour, something which kept me wondering right to the end what was really going on.
I loved the fast paced action throughout Frozen Charlotte. I couldn’t put the book down and finished it within two days (even with an 11 week old baby to look after!). It was a brilliantly paced novel that kept me wanting more after every page. The plot just seemed to come together so well, everything fitted into place – one thing after another.
I cannot wait to delve into other books by this author. Luckily for me, she has a few to explore.
I cannot really do justice to this book through a simply review, you have to read it for yourselves. I enjoyed it so much (can you tell?!) I know there are more in the ‘Red Eye’ series, I may check them out soon – although I don’t want to be disappointed if they aren’t as good as this one was. If you like horror and want a truly scary YA read then look no further. It is still free on Kindle (at the time this post is published) – what are you waiting for?
Now please excuse me whilst I try to remedy the hangover that this book has left me with….