Charlotte Says is the prequel to Frozen Charlotte, and is set in 1910, in the Dunvegan School for Girls. It shows the origins of how the frozen Charlotte dolls came to the Isle of Skye, with their horrifying influence on those around them.
Jemima comes to Dunvegan as assistant school-mistress following the death of her mother and step-father in a horrific fire. She has no memory of what happened that night but hopes to escape to a new life on Skye. It soon becomes apparent that she is less than welcome, and that the school is not a happy one. Events take a turn for the worse when Jemima is sent a chest full of frozen Charlotte dolls who begin whispering to the school girls. Unsurprisingly it all ends in tragedy, and Jemima is forced to try to escape the dolls in any way she can.
Initially, I did not find this as interesting or engaging as Frozen Charlotte; it’s hard to say why. I think perhaps I thought I knew how it would end, especially as it is a prequel. However, I did prefer the ending of this story to the ending of Frozen Charlotte. One thing I really did like about this story is that it wasn’t just about supernatural evil, but also about a very human kind of evil and its consequences.
Fast-paced, scary, but also fun… another great young adult horror story.