Frozen Charlotte is an astonishing horror novel filled with thrilling twists and turns that play on your mind. This young adult book is spooky and chilling the entire way through, almost to the point of giving me nightmares! Terrifying Victorian china dolls? You bet! The book was fast-paced and endlessly engaging; I read the entire book in one sitting. A criticism that I have is that it was more creepy than scary. A spoiler section is found at the bottom which explains the ending for anyone who needs clarification. Don’t worry though, this comes with a spoiler warning beforehand! I have also written a post on my top 5 recommended young adult mystery/ thriller books. These books are not to be missed!

frozen charlotte book cover by alex bell for book review and spoiler ending

Book Description: 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.

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  • Constantly interesting. Always something going on.
  • Created a spine chilling atmosphere.
  • Ghosts, china dolls, and eerie characters make for a great horror story.


  • The story from the first half of the book wasn’t really linked to the rest; it needed more explanations.

All in all, this mysterious novel was a gripping page-turner and it was hard to put down until the mystery was solved. I would even go as far as to say it was one of my favourite horror stories and I would highly recommend it.

Age rating: 13+

Rating: 4.5/5

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Spoiler Ending

Ending Explained:

It turns out that Rebecca’s death was not accidental. Piper had found an injured Rebecca halfway down a cliff . This part was accidental. Rebecca begged Piper to call for help, however her sister refused. Rebecca was forced to climb the cliff with no help. When Rebecca finally reaches the cliff edge, Piper kicked her sister in the face and threw snowballs at Rebecca causing her to fall. Rebecca, finally too injured to move, was left with her frozen Charlotte doll to freeze to death just like Charlotte in the story. Piper had also caused the fire in the tree house that left scars on Cameron’s right hand. Piper has some serious issues and she tries to kill the family in a second fire. Rebecca’s ghost had come in order to serve justice and for everyone to find out the truth about her death. It doesn’t really explain why Rebecca’s ghost at the beginning caused serious harm to Sophie’s friend and the waitress, but it may have been done out of anger.

6 thoughts on “Book Review: Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell and Optional Ending Explained

  1. I have read this book and it was amazing! I read it in half a day beacause it was a total page-turner. I could not put it down! It gave me nightmares and is definitely my favourite scary book. A must read since it was creepy and interesting. 👻

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