Tuesday intro: Charlotte Says by Alex Bell

Once again I’m linking up again with Vicky at I’d Rather Be At The Beach who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter/paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon.

This week, I’m sharing a book I picked up at the library for no other reason that the cover was pink – very pink.  I know that’s terribly superficial but sometimes I just can’t help judging books by their covers, which is exactly what I’ve done here.  Once home, I checked it out on Goodreads and was relieved to see good reviews – not so relieved to see it’s a young adult horror story but you can’t have everything right?  Anyway, I’m giving it a go. Here’s what it’s about…

charlotte saysFollowing the death of her mother in a terrible fire, Jemima flees to the remote Isle of Skye, to take up a job at a school for girls. There she finds herself tormented by the mystery of what really happened that night.

Then Jemima receives a box of Frozen Charlotte dolls from a mystery sender and she begins to remember – a séance with the dolls, a violent argument with her step-father and the inferno that destroyed their home. And when it seems that the dolls are triggering a series of accidents at the school, Jemima realizes she must stop the demonic spirits possessing the dolls – whatever it takes.


And here’s how it starts…

“Don’t be frightened yet,” the voice says.  “I’ll tell you when it’s time to be frightened…”

I turn, looking over my shoulder, but there is nobody there and I am alone once again at Whiteladies – that house of confused spirits and cracked china dolls and slaughtered horses. From somewhere downstairs a grandfather clock counts down the six hours in deep, melancholy tolls and, like a magnetic force, my eyes are drawn with a terrible irresistibility to the door at the end of the corridor.  Nothing else exists in the entire world but that door.  It is closed but I can hear someone sobbing.  On, on, on.  I must help them.  I must open that door.  I must do something.  Now.  While I still can.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?

Emma x



  1. Oh, wow, I love the cover, too, and you had me at the dolls. LOL. I collect dolls, and all of my kids insisted that the dolls were watching them. I had to move them all into my room.

    Thanks for sharing…and I’m not sure if I should read this one…but I’m tempted. Here’s mine: “LOOK FOR ME”


    • Dolls can be so spooky, I had a Chinese one I had to keep under the bed as a child it was too real. I loved Look For Me. Enjoy!


  2. Ha! This one does indeed sound dramatic. I’m not sure I’d complete the book, but it does sound like the type of story that we told late at night at a teen sleepover. There was one story about a babysitter getting a call to ‘check the children’. Very spooky! Not sure the bright pink cover suggest horror, but I’d give it a try. LOL


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