Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell
Publication: Published January 5th, 2015 by Stripes Publishing
Genre: Horror, YA, Mystery, Paranormal
My Rating: 5/5
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.
All the praise for this book!
Frozen Charlotte has definitely ended my reading slump. I’ve been battling my way out of this and I thank this book for helping me. I kept on pushing this down my TBR pile because I was saving it for the Halloween season but I never regret reading this right now.
When I first saw this book on Twitter, it immediately caught my attention so I had to search it on Goodreads. I was very curious and interested after reading the synopsis so I had to buy it as soon as possible. The mystery thriller nerd in me is happy!
I always have this feeling whenever I read the first chapter or prologue of a book there’s a 90% chance that it will be a basis whether or not I will enjoy the whole story. Somehow it happened while I was stating the first chapter of this book. I was hooked on the story in an instant. I definitely needed to know more and boy I finished it in one sitting!
It all started with an app, which I thought was pretty cool because I didn’t imagine something like that could happen. A tragic accident that led our main character, Sophie to unravel a secret that’s been frozen in time. As she was on her vacation to the Isle of Skye to spend time with her cousins, she stayed in an old schoolhouse turned a family home. Things were going well until a sudden change of the atmosphere and weird things started to happen around the house. Scratching sounds, small voices coming from the rooms & inside the walls, this book will keep you up at night. It was definitely full of unexpected plot twists and I liked how the characters were twisted in their own ways. The flow of the story met my expectations, it was truly an amazing mystery thriller book for me! I was excited when I found out that there’s a prequel to this book!
So I did a little background check regarding the inspiration of this story which are the Frozen Charlotte dolls and the folk ballad “Fair Charlotte” or “Young Charlotte”.
It was about a young maiden who refused to wear her coat or wrap herself warm because she wants everyone to see how beautiful she was while going to a New Year’s ball. But as they arrive her fiancé noticed that she was already frozen to her death.
Frozen Charlotte doll/s
It’s basically a China doll which was specifically made in the Victorian era. Whenever the Victorian era gets mentioned it always leaves me creeped out or there’s something gothic about it.
So do I recommend this to everyone? YES!!! Disclaimer, if you’re afraid of dolls this book might not be your cup of tea.