Charlie has finally moved on from the incident that happened in Freddy’s pizzeria, or so she thought. Now a college student, she’s working hard on her engineering degree. However, when a mysterious body is found halfway between her university and her hometown, the chief of police reaches out to her. She is suddenly spiralled back into her past and trying to figure out who would have started the killing spree. However, Charlie is certain that something for her father’s past is on the loose.
This book was a little more of a mystery than the last book. It was really fun to see how Charlie has grown from the last book but somehow remain the same. Seeing Charlie’s college life was interesting because while she was away from home, she was still linked to it by her field study. It’s also nice to see her being a little like a detective in this book though it was a little weird that a police officer came to her. I will say though, her social growth has my stunted due to the issues in this book.
I did enjoy the background that was given in this book about Catherine’s father as well as William Afton, however, the cliffhanger kills me. Generally, I really hate cliffhangers, and this didn’t make it better. The next book is coming out soon so I really can’t wait to finish the series.
I will preface this review that I am an extremely big fan of the Five Nights At Freddy’s (FNAF) franchise. I have play all the games, watched multiple let’s players play the games, and even watched the Game Theorist’s series on the games. I really like the lore that is behind this series a lot. However, that doesn’t change what I think about this book.
This book follows Charlie and her old childhood friends that have reconnected again after being apart for many years. After a mutual friend was kidnapped and never heard from again, they all went their separate ways. Charlie is coming back to town for the reunion for the first time since her father passed away, and she insists on visiting her old house, as well as the old pizzeria that he father once owned. However, after she and her friends visit the pizzeria, they find out more about what really happened to their old friend on the day he was taken.
I will say, that though I like the story, the writing has much to be desired. Though you get a good feeling to the surroundings, and interesting back story the characters still feel flat some how. I did enjoy them attempting to give a least some personality to Charlie, it just didn’t quite make it. Coming from a literary stand point, that really makes the store drag in some parts because we don’t really get to connect to the characters. Knowing that one of the writers comes from a gaming background, I can see how this mistake was made but it didn’t help the story. The awkward attempt at a mild love interest was just that, awkward. I didn’t really enjoy that aspect an felt like the book could have done without. I will say though, is that you can walk into the book with out knowing a thing about the FNAF series and still mildly enjoy it, if you are the type of reader who really likes that novels to have a lot of back story and descriptions of the environments. There was a few aspects of the book that might go over a new comer to the series head, as a lot of information is given to Micheal Afton in the game series.
All in all, it was an ok book, not something that I would write home about, but if there is nothing else to read this isn’t a terrible option.