Good god this book is brilliant!! Admittedly I haven’t read a good book in a long time (university issues) which may make me a little more enthusiastic than usual but still; this continuance of the Five Nights at Freddy’s games series is phenomenal! I thoroughly enjoyed it It is wonderfully written and really brings new knowledge and crack-pot theories to the popular series. I did find in the beginning the plot was a tad slow and dreary, however it is an understandable construction as the character Charlie, whose perspective we’re following, has gone through several traumatic indictments in her childhood which though she tries desperately to repress it; finds herself confronted over and over again during the entire books processes..
During the narrative we follow the exploits of Charlie and a group of 6 other kids, all of whom knew each other before the incidents at the pizzeria, they have reunited for a memorial service ten years after the disappearances of 5 children, one of whom was named Michael, and was a friend of theirs. The seven teenagers feel distant with each other but somehow still connected through their childhood memories, giving the book an opening scene of bittersweet remembrance which sets the book up quite nicely.
Charlie herself as the main protagonist goes through quite the personal growth as well, she goes from trying to deny her past and refusing to let anyone in, while still feeling like a scared little girl; to a protagonist I can feel proud of!
She faces her fears and discovers (along with the help of John) many key plot points to the franchise and the book itself, by going to the locations that have the most frightening memories, in order to discover the unfiltered truth of her past, however, I did find that some of the methods used to set up the flash backs, for instance Charlie’s method of mentally checking out and pouring through her memories to be a tad unbelievable.. Nonetheless, the discovery of certain clues really peaked my interest and certainly got my brain coming up with some seriously wild explanations. Charlie also, learns that it’s okay to let others in and especially does so with John, a character who was almost set up to be her childhood friend if not crush. Furthermore, she also takes on an in-the-action leadership role which would make any strong independent woman proud, when in the climax of the book she takes -almost superhero like- action and makes sure her fiends get out of there alive.
Altogether, while there are some aspects of the books which were a tad shaky, for it to come anywhere close to being a top-notch book it was still a thoroughly enjoyable read, which I’m happy to recommend to anyone.. and I’m looking forward to picking up the sequel