Book Author: Alex Bell
Book Series: Red Eye
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Ghost Story
First Published: January 2014
Hey, LilyMay here. I’m a new writer on Shannon‘s site. I will be writing a few book reviews and other posts during my time here on Little Sea Bear.
For my first post, I have decided to review the book: Frozen Charlotte by
Alex Bell. This is my first review… Sorry if it is terrible :). Like Shannon, I am also taking part in the 2018 Pop Sugar Challenge, and one of the prompts is:
A book that was being read by a stranger.
G-A-T-E… p. 6-7
After a tragic event in her life, Sophie heads to her uncle’s home which was previously a school for young girls. While she is there, she tries to solve the mystery of the death of her cousin Rebecca… Yet Rebecca still lives in her room of antique dolls.
Story and narration
Frozen Charlotte is a book about a young girl named Sophie who has an unfortunate event which occurs in the first part of the story; the unexpected death of her friend.
During the book, Sophie discovers many unique things about the house that her uncle and cousins reside in – the longer she stays, the more she finds out. Their family had been hit by their own catastrophe a few years back when Rebecca was found frozen to death after it was said that she went out at night. The catastrophe has impacted each member of the family in a different way but mostly seems to have impacted the youngest child, Lilias.
Bell uses a lot of vivid imagery in the narrative that adds to the tension and suspense of the story, particularly in scenes which are high in conflict. This adds to the thrill and dreadful mood that is depicted throughout the book.
One of the most memorable scenes is when Rebecca finally shows Sophie the full series of events that lead to her death. I believe this is the scene that would stick in most people’s memory due to the huge plot twist that is shown during the scene. Piper was there with Rebecca when she died… In July.
…Rebecca’s lip split as blood poured into her mouth and smeared against her teeth. One of her fingernails ripped off as she lost her grip on the rock and fell back down the cliff face to the ledge below. She landed with a great thump that jarred every bone in her body… p. 251.
Character and character development
Although the child is dead, my favourite character in this story is Rebecca due to the way her behaviour is portrayed. She is not the main character. However, the story is based around the strange events that ultimately lead to her death. Throughout the plot, Rebecca does not really develop as a character but she aides the development of Sophie and the plot. She does this by only giving away certain hints at specific points, as well as, only appearing at times that the plot needs developing.
Sophie may be the main character in the book but she did not really appeal to me as a character; even though she was like me, blaming herself for things that were not her fault. At points, she did not really seem to be actively trying to figure out what had happened to Jay and Rebecca but was instead letting Rebecca show her things. Some people could say that she needed to be more active in her role of being detective to the death of her cousin but I believe that Bell decided to make her less independent and more reliant on Rebecca to make the story more thrilling. What is your opinion?
Some of the other characters in the story were just as well written as Sophie and Rebecca but a few of them like Sophie’s supposedly best friend, Jay, was not given much time to develop. I would have liked him to have matured more.
When I first read the blurb of this book, I had not expected the sheer extent of how horrific Rebecca’s death would have been. I thought that I would only be reading the first few pages of the book but I ended up staying up all night to finish the book, even though I had school the next day, due to how engaging the story is. After reading the book, I became weary of any china doll that I saw. You might be expecting me to say at least a few more bad points about this book but I honestly haven’t been able to find any.
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