Five Nights at Freddy's: The Fourth Closet is the third and final book in a trilogy of novels based on the Five Nights at Freddy's series, preceded by Five Nights at Freddy's: The Silver Eyes and Five Nights at Freddy's: The Twisted Ones. It was released on June 26th, 2018.
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.
This novel contains examples of:
- Adult Fear: Having your child suddenly go missing one day in a town that has had a history of child kidnappings and murders.
- Big Bad: William Afton yet again except this time he has help in the form of Baby/Elizabeth as well as the other Funtime Animatronics.
- Body Horror: William Afton managed to get the outer shell of his Springtrap costume off in the time he's been away, leaving him with just the metal endoskeleton and his mutilated body. As a consequence of this, he is now confined to a wheelchair and has chunks of his body missing."Scraps of metal are interwoven through every part of my body that has not been replaced with artificial tissue. Every movement causes me unimaginable pain. Not moving is even worse."
- Earn Your Happy Ending: They go through a lot of trouble, but William Afton is finally put down for good, taking his horrible creations with him. The missing children are found and saved, the old missing children finally move on to the afterlife, and John is finally reunited with Charlie... maybe.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Elizabeth was extremely jealous that Baby was getting so much more love and attention from her father than she got and wished that she could've been her instead. Needless to say she got her wish alright.
- History Repeats: Twelve years after the tragic murders at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, a similar pizzeria opens up and children start disappearing again. Our heroes are pretty sure it's no coincidence.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: The plot synopsis hopes you've read The Twisted Ones, as it isn't shy about hiding what seemingly happened to Charlie at the end of that book.
- Mind Screw: The very end of the novel. Is the woman with John at the cemetery Charlie? Is it Elizabeth? Or is it someone else completely?
- Oh, Crap!: Carlton when he realizes he is alone with the wrong Charlie.
- Properly Paranoid: John spends most of the first part of the book convinced that something is wrong with Charlie. Turns out that its really Elizabeth Afton using Charlie's final body to masquerade as her in order to get close to them all.
- Soul Jar: As with Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator, Remnant is what keeps the souls of the children, Afton, and Elizabeth tied to the mortal world. Another example would be Charlie's doll Ella which keeps her tied to her bodies.
- The Reveal:
- The reason for Charlie's strange behavior? It's because she's not Charlie. Its Elizabeth Afton who is posing as her using a combination of the Brown Note technology from the previous book and a robotic body Afton stole from Henry long ago, adding child-kidnapping tech to it in the process. She also has most of her memories as well, allowing her to keep up the facade for awhile, despite John's suspicions. Before that, the body was meant for Charlie which leads to...
- Charlie isn't really human. She was the one killed by Afton all those years ago instead of Sammy as she'd believed. In reality, Charlie is really an animatronic created by Henry to allow his daughter to live on, sporting four different bodies for her development, the last one being stolen by Afton to be turned into Baby.
- Wham Line:
- When Jessica and John are hiding in a closet while Aunt Jen is speaking with Charlie, John finds a chest, opens it up and...John: Jessica.Jessica: What, John? I'm trying to listen.John: It's...it's Charlie. In the chest.
- The very end of the book, which confirms the true fate of Charlie.Beneath the telephone pole, the grass rolled with waves, brushing against the two stones that sat together in the setting sun. The first was Henry's. The other read:BELOVED DAUGHTER CHARLOTTE EMILY 1980-1983
- When Jessica and John are hiding in a closet while Aunt Jen is speaking with Charlie, John finds a chest, opens it up and...
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Thanks to The Reveal, we now know that Sammy has been alive and well this whole time, yet he is not mentioned at all in this novel. We can only assume that when Charlie was murdered, her mom took Sammy with her when she divorced Henry and that he may just be living a normal life now while "Charlie" has to deal with William and his animatronics. Lucky him.
- Your Days Are Numbered: William Afton knows that being Springtrap has taken a huge toll on his body, so he's trying to recreate the haunted animatronics with his new pizzeria in order to attain immortality.