Review: Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell

Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell
Published by Stripes
Released 4th January 2015
342 Pages

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.


I’m not usually a big fan of horrors, even in the YA genre. However, when I saw Frozen Charlotte sitting there on the shelf whilst I was at work I became intrigued. Everything about it was drawing me in from the cover, to the description to the low price. I knew I had to read it to see what it was all about and I very well did.

After an incident involving her best friend and an ouija board, teenager Sophie heads off to the Isle of Skye to spend some time with her Uncle and her cousins of whom she hasn’t seen since she was younger; Piper (who seems too good to be true), Cameron (with his erratic personality and scarred hand), Lilias (who has a fear of bones) and her other cousin, Rebecca. The one who shouldn’t be there. The one with the room full of antique dolls. The girl that died. 

This book was friggin’ amazing! I didn’t think I would like it as it’s from a genre that I don’t usually go near, but boy was I wrong!? There was suspense from that get go that kept me wanting to read and read just to find out more. I was hooked. I loved how the plot kept going in different directions so you were always left guessing as to what would happen next. The pace of the book was perfect, it wasn’t too fast so you were left feeling disappointed, but it wasn’t so slow as to make you get tired and fed up. The pace mixed with the suspense kept my heart beating and I was on edge all throughout reading. The feelings I experienced were out of this world. As a horror you would obviously expect it to be quite scary, and this was certainly the case with Frozen Charlotte. At times it was pretty frightening and I would not suggest reading this late at night surrounded by darkness. I feel like you need to have a specific flare for writing horror, and Alex Bell has it, oh yes.

Sophie as a character was what I would call a proper heroine. You could tell that she would do anything to find out about the horrors that were unfolding right in front of her. She was so brave from the get go and so determined. She was strong throughout the book even with everything that was happening to her. I hated Piper with a passion from the moment her character was introduced I knew it. She was just awful and such a snake. Her feud with Cameron was something that I felt took up most of the middle of the book, but it just made you realise how much of a vile person she really was. I really felt for Lilas, the youngest. I hated how she was being made out to be a liar, when really she was telling the truth. I felt like she latched onto Sophie as she believed what she was saying and you could really tell that Sophie just wanted to protect her. 

For my first dip into the YA Horror genre, I was really impressed with Frozen Charlotte. I was hooked from the first page and found the plot and story to be fast paced, exciting, full of action and suspense and also really well written. Alex Bell has a real flair for horror and I cannot wait to read the prequel which is out next year. 


Author Bio

Alex Bell was born in 1986. She always wanted to be a writer but had several different back-up plans to ensure she didn’t end up in the poor house first. For some years these ranged from dolphin trainer to animal shelter vet but then, at fifteen, she had an epiphany involving John and Robert Kennedy and decided to become a lawyer instead.

To that end she eagerly started a Law Degree only to find it so boring that she was at a very real risk of going completely insane. To mitigate this she started writing again. The second book got her an agent with Carolyn Whitaker of London Independent Books but, unfortunately, not a publisher. The third book, written during her first summer holidays off from university, found a home with Gollancz. The Ninth Circle came out in April 2008 with possibly the most beautiful cover ever created .

Now she happily dwells in an entirely make-believe world of blood, death, madness, murder and mayhem. The doctors have advised that it is best not to disturb her, for she appears to be happy there.

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