Just recently there haven’t been many new books out that have caught my attention. Considering Frozen Charlotte was released over a year ago it can’t be classed as new but I hadn’t seen it before when I went for my usual browse in WHSmith. It looked interesting so I decided to give it a chance.
‘Frozen Charlotte’ is about a girl named Sophie who goes to spend the summer with her cousins, Cameron with his scarred hand, Lilias with her fear of bones and Piper who seems too good to be true. Then there’s her other cousin. The one with the room full of dolls. The girl that shouldn’t be there. The girl that died.
I haven’t really read many horror books. I attempted to read ‘The Haunting of Sunshine Girl’ but got bored before I’d even begun. So the scariest thing I’ve ever read is probably ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ – exactly. So reading ‘Frozen Charlotte’ was interesting.
My advice when reading ‘Frozen Charlotte’ is, pick your location when reading this book. When I read it at home it was all good but when I read it at work, in a dark Victorian candle factory it was a hell of a lot scarier. I suppose that rule applies for any horror book. Pick your location and don’t read at night if, like me, you scare easily!
It didn’t take me long to get sucked into this book even if I think the beginning was slightly difficult to believe. However, it still managed to creep me out and make me feel uneasy, a feeling that wasn’t lost throughout the story. I did worry that maybe it would lose its scary atmosphere but Alex Bell did a brilliant job of balancing the plot and the scares.
Also, the characters were actually written decently. I found myself caring about Sophie and what she went through. I especially loved strange Lilias. You know how sometimes you watch a horror film and every character is an unlikeable moron? Well, luckily there was none of that in this book. I found every characters actions justifiable and believable.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book at any horror fan or any young adult fan. It made for an interesting, scary read!