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Five Nights at Freddy's: The Fourth Closet is a horror mystery novel written by Scott Cawthon and Kira Breed Wrisley. It is the third and final book in the novel trilogy series, and it was released on June 26, 2018.

Summary

What really happened to Charlie? It's the question that John can't seem to shake, along with the nightmares of Charlie's seeming death and miraculous reappearance. John just wants to forget the whole terrifying saga of Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, but the past isn't so easily buried.

Meanwhile, there's a new animatronic pizzeria opening in Hurricane, along with a new rash of kidnappings that feel all too familiar. Bound together by their childhood loss, John reluctantly teams up with Jessica, Marla, and Carlton to solve the case and find the missing children. Along the way, they'll unravel the twisted mystery of what really happened to Charlie, and the haunting legacy of her father's creations.

Reception

The novel was positively received, given 4.7 out of 5 stars from Amazon, 4.36 out of 5 from Goodreads, 4.8 out of five from Google Play, and 5.0 out of 5 from Barnes & Nobles.

Trivia

  • On April 26, 2018, Amazon accidentally uploaded a preview for the book. The preview included a large portion of the pages of the book, including the ending, before it was taken down by Scott. After such incident, he would attempt to release the book earlier than the intended date.

Main Characters

Charlotte Emily

Nickname: Charlie
Age: 18
Birthday: May 13
The Freddy Files Description: "Charlie grew up in Hurricane, but left ten years earlier to live with her Aunt Jen, who taught her to be fiercely independent0 and self-sufficient. Throughout the course of the series, Charlie becomes increasingly determined to find answers to the mysteries of her haunted past, clinging to the few childhood memories that have stuck with her. Though Charlie finds it hard to open up to others, she very much values ​​her friends and the special bond they share."

John

Age: 18
The Freddy Files Description: "Charlie's childhood friend and crush. John is a writer and a keen observer of the world around him. He cares deeply for Charlie, always offering her support no matter how difficult or dangerous the situation. John is wise for his age, and he can often be quite sarcastic."

Jessica

Age: 18
The Freddy Files Description: "After the murders ten years earlier, Jessica moved to New York with her family. She grew up to be sophisticated and pretty, with a love of fashion only surpassed by her love of forensics. While people often underestimated her, Jessica frequently finds herself taking on the role of leader and strategist. She is one of Charlie's best friend."

Carlton Burke

Age: 18
The Freddy Files Description: "Carlton is a goofy and fun-loving teenage boy who likes to create stories and comedy routines. Conveniently, this all helps to hide how much the troubling events of his childhood affected him."

Marla

Age: 18
The Freddy Files Description: "Marla is determined and strong-willed, with a big personality that can lighten the mood of those around her. She is extremely loyal to those she loves, and is one of the few friends that made sure to stay in touch with Charlie after everyone moved away."

Aunt Jen

John and Jessica go to find what is at a silver mining ghost town named Silver Reef after Theodore keeps repeating the phrase "Shining Star, Silver Reef." They find a house and it turns out Aunt Jen (Aka Jenny) had been living there the whole time. They try talking but there is a knock on the door before they get any real answers. They are told to go and hide while she opens the door. Aunt Jen and Circus Baby disguise as Charlie have a conversation that John can't hear. While hiding they find the "Real" Charlie. They hear a scream and crashes, so they make a break for it with the unconscious "Real" Charlie. They believe Aunt Jen is dead and that Circus Baby killed her.

Later on, John and "Real" Charlie go back to the house and find out that Aunt Jen is dead.

The Freddy Files Description: "Jen stepped in as Charlie's guardian after the death of her father, Henry. She taught Charlie to be ready for the harshness of the world, which is the reason why Charie is so independent. Aunt Jen believes painful memories are better left forgotten."

Henry

Henry is Charlotte's father and former owner of Freddy Fazbear's Pizza as well as the creator of the several animatronic animals that inhabited the restaurant.

The Freddy Files Description: "Charlie's father, the founder of Fredbear's Family Diner, was an engineer with a childlike sense of imagination. He personally built all the animatronics at the restaurant. Charlie remembers him as a good man, but-unbeknownst to her-he took many dark secrets to his grave."

Clay Burke

Occupation: Police Chief
Clay is Carlton's father and the resident Chief of Police. He seems somewhat aloof and is well aware of the hijinks his son gets into. Clay also worked the case involving Michael's disappearance 10 years prior to the story and even made an arrest. However, they had to release the culprit due to lack of evidence and it has haunted Clay's mind since.

The Freddy Files Description: "Clay Burke is the police chief in Hurricane, Utah, as well as the father of Charlie's childhood friend, Carlton. Clay is one of the few main characters who knows the deepest details of the case of missing children. At first, he does not believe in the supernatural rumors surrounding Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, but by the time The Twisted Ones takes place, he is one of Charlie's fiercest allies and valued for his astute observation and deduction skills."

William Afton

The Freddy Files Description: "Business partner to Charlie's late father, William Afton was also one of the prime suspects in the missing children case from ten years ago. Though he was never officially charged, William left town quickly and his current whereabouts are unknown."

Other Characters

Michael Brooks

The late Michael Brooks was a friend of Charlie, John, and the others until his disappearance from Freddy Fazbear's Pizza in July of 1985. It is a memorial service for him which brings all his friends back to Hurricane, Utah 10 years later. It is later revealed that Michael's spirit, along with the other victims, inhabit the animatronics in Freddy Fazbear's Pizza. Specifically, Michael's soul resides in the yellow Freddy suit that was used at Fredbear's Family Diner.

The Missing Children

The Freddy Files Description: "Ten years prior to the events of the novel, five children from Hurricane went missing, including Charlie's childhood friend Michael. Their disappearance is tied to Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, but their bodies have never been found, nor their kidnapper has been caught."

Kidnapped Children

  • Ron
  • Alanna
  • Jacob
  • Lisa

Animatronics

John has a nightmare of Charlie's death again. He wakes up and sees one of Charlie's toys, Theodore. At this point in time, Charlie is back alive and hanging out with her friends as usual, but John knows that isn't Charlie. For being late to his job, he gets fired. He then went to a party with his friends and he asked Charlie some questions. Some answered right, some answered with "I don't remember."

Officer Clay and John plan to meet up to discuss Charlie's behavior since Charlie also refused her old doll Ella from the house wreckage. Theodore, in a horrible and broken state, says something: Shining Reef, Silver Star. He drives to Clay's house to tell him about the message. He passed by a new restaurant, Circus Baby's Pizza. Near Clay's house, he saw a weird clown girl animatronic (Baby) pass by. As soon as he got there, Clay was half dead. On the floor was the Ella doll and some sort of brain scrambling device. He puts it on and Ella now looks like a toddler human girl. He takes Ella with him to the hospital. John tells Jessica about the message and she says it's a location.

The doctor says Clay will be okay, and Charlie seems disappointed by it. John and Jessica drive to a town called Shining Reef and see a house with a shining star on it. Inside is Aunt Jen asking if they know about Charlie. Charlie arrives asking Aunt Jen to come into the next room with her alone. John and Jessica go upstairs and see a chest. Inside was another Charlie looking more like the original Charlie but unconscious. Aunt Jen screams and is seen dead with Charlie holding a knife. John and Jessica drive away with the other Charlie.

At John's apartment, they hide the other Charlie. Charlie arrives trying to find the other Charlie. Charlie leaves empty handed, and John and Jessica call Marla and Carlton about everything. They start making a plan. Jessica remembers how Charlie had a device that when worn, the animatronics would see you, and maybe tampering with it could do the exact opposite.

The other Charlie starts talking and turns into her true form, Circus Baby. She picks John up, attempting to kiss him. Her faceplates open to reveal saw blades. He puts on the tampered device and becomes invisible to Circus Baby.

She drops him and walks away. Jessica follows Baby until she is captured by her, and brought to Circus Baby's Pizza. She forces Jessica to perform surgery on a dying William Afton who has escaped the Spring Bonnie suit. Jessica completes the surgery. The unconscious Charlie wakes up and is told everything. She is the real Charlie. She decides to go to Aunt Jen's house. Same for Circus Baby. Afton then throws Jessica in a room with 4 more missing children.

A mangled up mess of Funtime Foxy takes one child. Carlton and Marla meet up at Circus Baby's Pizza. They enter a mirror maze with Funtime Freddy. They find Jessica. They attempt to bring the missing children with them. Jessica is then chased by mangled Funtine Foxy through a tube maze. Jessica escapes, but Funtime Foxy falls into a ball pit. Marla and Jessica leave with the 3 children.

Carlton manages to make Funtime Freddy crash into a merry go round and mangle him up. Carlton hears a familiar voice, the voice of Michael, he is trapped inside a mixture of melted endoskeletons of the classic animatronics.

William Afton then injects Carlton with a strange liquid that made him pass out. He wakes up with a ghost of Michael next to him trying to find pieces of his coloring sheet. He needs to put the pieces back together. He sees 3 children named Fritz, Susie, and Cassidy. Susie remembers how Spring Bonnie helped her find her dog. The coloring page is put together and Carlton wakes up to see William Afton attacked by mangled Funtime Freddy and Funtime Foxy. William Afton dies, and Carlton is brought outside and lives.

At Aunt Jen's house, Charlie and Circus Baby come face to face. Baby says how Charlie was always the favorite child, and how her father always liked Charlie more than her.

More confusing is how Baby says she used to be a little girl, then tells Charlie that she never had the actual soul of the original Charlie. Baby explains how each closet holds a different stage of Charlie's life. Ella was toddler Charlie, second closet was her as a kid, and the third closet is her current self as a teenager. Baby explains that she herself is the one from the Fourth Closet. Baby tells Charlie about how Henry said Baby was a mistake.

Elizabeth (Baby) holds the memories of Baby, herself, and Charlie. Charlie remembers her dad’s suicide animatronic in her aunt’s closet. Charlie activates it and it stabs both Baby and Charlie. John breaks in yelling at Charlie to come back, but Charlie dies attempting to say "I love you." The book closes with John at a graveyard. The book ends with John walking to a woman waiting for him, presumably Charlie.


Books
Original Novel Trilogy
The Silver Eyes (Graphic Novel)The Twisted Ones (Graphic Novel)The Fourth Closet
Fazbear Frights Series
Into the PitFetch1:35AMStep CloserBunny CallBlackbird7
Other Books
The Freddy FilesSurvival LogbookArt with Edge, Five Nights at Freddy's
Collections and Bundles
Five Nights at Freddy's CollectionFive Nights at Freddy's: Fandom Pack

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