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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

  • The book's release date, June 26th, is also the same date the missing children incident took place.
  • 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.
  • Despite Funtime Freddy appearing on the cover in a grayish color scheme. In the actual book itself, he appears identical to his game counterpart; albeit lacking Bon-Bon.

Characters

The following information contains spoilers. To view them, click the [show] tag.

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 independent 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 friends."

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 has a conversation that John can't hear. While hiding they find the "Real" Charlie. They hear a scream and crash, 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 Charlie 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 that brings all his friends back to Hurricane, Utah 10 years later. It is later revealed that Michael's spirit, along with the other victims, inhabits 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

Plot

The following information contains spoilers. To view them, click the [show] tag.

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 she isn't the real 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 were answered right, but some were answered with "I don't remember."

Officer Clay and John plan to meet up to discuss Charlie's behavior since she refused to get her old doll Ella from the house wreckage. Theodore, in a horrible and broken state, says "Shining Reef, Silver Star". He drives to Clay's house to tell him about the message, and passes by a new restaurant, Circus Baby's Pizza. Near Clay's house, he sees a female clown animatronic 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. He takes Ella with him to the hospital, and John tells Jessica about Theodore's message. Jessica tells him that Shining Reef is a town near Hurricane.

The doctor says Clay will be okay, and Charlie seems disappointed by it. John and Jessica drive to the town Shining Reef and sees 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. Meanwhile, John and Jessica goes upstairs and finds another Charlie inside a chest, unconscious but more like the original Charlie. Aunt Jen screams downstairs 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 made animatronics see you when worn, and perhaps tampering with it would make one invisible to them.

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 to investigate her, but 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, and is locked in a room with four missing children.

The unconscious Charlie wakes up and is told everything. She decides to go to Aunt Jen's house with John. They find a letter from Henry to Aunt Jen. Circus Baby follows them, and threatens to kill John if Charlie doesn't listen to her.

Meanwhile, Carlton and Marla drive to Circus Baby's Pizza World because they recognize the mascot, Circus Baby as the fake Charlie. They are chased by Funtime Freddy in a mirror maze, but manage to escape. They unlock the room Jessica and the missing children are in, but not before Funtime Foxy takes two of them. Jessica uses Charlie's device to make Funtime Foxy fall into a ball pit, and they leave with the 3 children.

Carlton is once again chased by Funtime Freddy, but he destroys him with a merry-go-round. He hears the voice of Michael and follows it to William Afton. An amalgamation of all the original animatronics are placed on a desk, still containing the original children's spirits. 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 three 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. She 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 Charlie as a toddler, the 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 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. He walks to a woman waiting for him, presumably Charlie.

Books
Novels
Original Novel Trilogy
The Silver Eyes (Graphic Novel)The Twisted Ones (Graphic Novel)The Fourth Closet (Graphic Novel)
Fazbear Frights Series
Into the Pit (Graphic Novel Collection)Fetch1:35AMStep CloserBunny CallBlackbirdThe CliffsGumdrop AngelThe Puppet CarverFriendly FaceThe PranksterFelix the Shark
Tales from the Pizzaplex Series
Lally's GameTales from the Pizzaplex #2
Guidebooks
The Freddy Files Series
The Freddy FilesUpdated EditionThe Ultimate EditionSecurity Breach Files
Other Books
Character Encyclopedia
Activity Books
Coloring Books
Art with Edge, Five Nights at Freddy'sFive Nights at Freddy's Coloring Book
Other Books
Survival LogbookHow to Draw Five Nights at Freddy's Book
Collections and Bundles
Five Nights at Freddy's CollectionFive Nights at Freddy's: Fandom PackFazbear Frights Box SetFazbear Frights Box Set 2
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