Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell

23357071How did I get the book? Netgalley, thank you Stripes Publishing.
I also bought my own copy.

Genre: Horror

Synopsis: 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.

200words (or less) review: I’m going to start by saying I enjoyed this book, I read Frozen Charlotte in one sitting and am very happy that I have my own copy. It’s a keeper.

You know there is a ‘but’ coming don’t you… here it is and I will say that this it’s become apparent that this is a “me”-thing. I did not find this book scary. I’m starting to think I am un-scarerable (is that a word?) so just because those dolls didn’t give me unpleasant dreams doesn’t me they won’t give you the heebies because there is a lot of good classic horror in Alex Bell’s story;

  • There is the old converted school house with a chequered history including accidents and deaths
  • Sophie’s ‘interesting’ cousins
  • A rather ‘BANG let’s kick this off in style first chapter
  • Ice-cold hands that find you under bed covers
  • The dolls
  • Music that shouldn’t be there

All in all, Frozen Charlotte covered pretty much everything I liked and wanted from this type of book. It was just missing an eerie soundtrack as you turned the pages. 😉

Recommend it?

Absolutely

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