The book I’ll be reviewing is called “The Fourth Closet,” written by Scott Cawthon and Kira Breed-Wrisley. The book is the third and final (or said to be final) of a series of Books based on the game “Five Nights at Freddys” (or FNaF) created by Cawthon- the series was very popular and still is today despite the first game being made over five years ago.
The book is based many years after the horrific events of Freddy Fazbears. The plot of the book series is based on children going missing in a pizza restaurant and it is suspected they were stuffed into the animatronics named: Freddy, Foxy, Bonnie and Chica. The spirits of the dead children haunt the suits, forever terrorizing the night guard who works at the restaurant 12am- 6am. Back to the main story at hand, this is about what really happened to Charlie, who in the previous book was killed and mysteriously reappeared. The main characters of the series: Charlie, John, Jessica, Lamar and Marla who previously explored the original Freddy Fazbears, after discovering it’s dark secrets and the main antagonist, William “child murderer” Afton who got “disposed” of, only to make a reappearance in book two.
Now, yet again, William is back at his old tricks at the new and “improved” Pizzeria, “Circus Baby’s Pizzeria,” equipped with new animatronics even scarier than the last! Afton’s new victims help him capture more children and it’s up to Marla and Jessica to save them. While this is going on, John finds out the real truth of Charlie’s unreal reappearance. The first two books are a must read before this one!
My favourite character in this particular book of the series would have to be the killer himself, William because of the original way he murders the children and how he is crazy, but a genius at the same time. His robot designs are really interesting and different, besides the story would be pointless without him. He makes the plot far more gripping and compelling. Without his influence, the story would be less exciting and quite frankly pointless. The story has many twists keeping the reader completely unaware of what could possibly happen next. The complexity of the story was thrilling enough on its own without the big reveals.
Although Cawthon is known for his complex story telling by all who even play one of his exciting thriller games, from the start all could see how much more lay beneath the surface. Personally, my favourite part of the story was Charlie’s confrontation with William Afton and his new assistant Baby, I never knew I could hate a scene just as much as I loved it. The story was enthralling and in certain parts I definitely couldn’t put the book down. On the other hand, parts of the story were drawn out for far too long- perhaps the writer wanted to keep the reader in suspense? Although I believe it just made the plot boring and was unnecessary.
After following Scott’s work for a while now, I do believe the books are definitely the worse of the items to spin off the games (even more than FNaF World in fact) and just didn’t live up to the expectations of the franchise. The worst part of the story, which let the whole plot down most, was the unneeded cliché of romance between the characters. The lovey dovey parts of the book just pulled the reader away from the actual plot. As well as this, the end reveal of the book was also cliché as well as a huge let down.
Overall the story itself was good, and credit is due, it’s just not what the fans wanted from Scott. Fans wanted answers. Instead of answers we got more questions and a whole new story line. Arguably, this is what Scott needed for his upcoming film and quote, “the lore of something can become so crowded that you can’t tell the original story anymore,” (Scott Cawthon on his book series, source: Steam) meaning that his story has become so complicated he was forced to make an entire new plot to get his point across. Sorry Scott it didn’t go down too well with all fans!
To conclude, although some fans argue that we deserved more after specifically requesting something and getting the opposite, I personally enjoyed the book.
Overall Scott did an amazing job to keep fans interested and he deserves more credit, he was just misunderstood and maybe if fans just looked at it a bit different, they could see the hard work and effort gone into these books as a whole. This book definitely isn’t for younger readers as the franchise may appear to be, it is 14+; a book for horror fans and murder mystery with a side of sc-fi. It would be hard to compare this book to another series, not many writers write about killers in animal costumes.