Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes is a young adult horror-mystery novel written by Scott Cawthon and Kira Breed-Wrisley in 2015. The book follows the story of seventeen-year-old Charlotte “Charlie” Emily, who returns to her hometown of Hurricane, Utah to attend the commemoration ceremony of a scholarship established to honor her childhood friend, Michael Brooks.
Michael was one of five children that were kidnapped and murdered inside Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzaria ten years prior in 1985, and while the evidence suggested a definitive culprit, the children’s bodies were never recovered. As a result, the police were unable to convict the killer, who left town shortly after the murders.
Charlie’s father, Henry Emily, was also suspected to be the murderer since he co-owned the restaurant and created its mascot animatronics. Henry committed suicide after the incident, and Charlie moved away from Hurricane to live with her Aunt Jen.
After paying a visit to her old house, Charlie meets up with her childhood friends Carlton, Jessica, and John at a local diner. The four of them decide to go to the abandoned Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria that night after dark. In the ten years since the tragedy, a mall was built on the site, but Freddy’s was never torn down.
Instead, the mall was built up around it, sealing the restaurant inside like a tomb. However, due to local superstition about the site after the murders, the mall was left unfinished halfway through construction and never opened. After slipping past the night guard, Charlie and her friends explore the empty pizzeria, finding all of the animatronics still standing on the stage.
Two more of Charlie’s friends, Marla and Lamar, arrive in Hurricane the next day with Marla’s eleven-year-old brother, Jason. Once the whole group has been reunited, they fill Marla and Lamar in on their adventure at Freddy’s the night before, and the seven of them agree to return that night after the scholarship commemoration.
After dark, the teens successfully evade the guard again and sneak into the pizzeria. Inside, Charlie finds herself face-to-face with an inanimate Foxy, but the animatronic jerks unexpectedly, gashing her arm with his hook. The group leaves immediately, returning to their motel so Charlie can clean her wound.
The next morning, Charlie and John take a road trip to a nearby town called New Harmony to try and find the first restaurant Charlie’s father owned: Fredbear’s Family Diner. With only hazy fragments of Charlie’s memories to guide them, the two finally manage to find the abandoned diner.
As they take a look around the interior of the building, Charlie suddenly remembers the kidnapping of her little brother, Sammy, who she witnessed being taken by a yellow rabbit in that very restaurant. John recalls seeing a yellow bear in Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria the night Michael was killed as well.
The group reconvenes and returns to Freddy’s later that night. This time, however, the night guard is waiting for them, blocking their path to the pizzeria. When he threatens to call the police on them, Charlie invites him to explore the restaurant with them instead. He agrees, introducing himself as Dave.
Inside, Dave manages to activate the restaurant’s electronics from the control room, causing the animatronics to go haywire. The group splits up, giving Dave the chance to sneak away and retrieve the yellow rabbit costume. Amidst the chaos, Dave kidnaps Carlton, witnessed only by Jason.
The rest of the teens escape the pizzeria, but when Jason tells them what happened to Carlton, they decide to get help from the police. When they arrive at the station, the officer on duty, Officer Dunn, dubiously agrees to escort them back to the abandoned mall to investigate.
However, upon returning to the scene, the group discovers that the entrance has been sealed shut. Officer Dunn contacts Carlton’s father, Clay Burke, who is also one of Hurricane’s police officers. After assuring his sons’ friends that Carlton is likely playing one of his typical practical jokes, Clay invites them all to rest at his house for the night.
The next morning, Carlton’s mother greets the group over breakfast, but she panics when they tell her that Carlton is missing. Certain that Carlton would never pull a prank like this in the restaurant where Michael died, she insists that Clay send one of his officers to find him.
Clay agrees and sends Officer Dunn back to Freddy’s to investigate, but Dunn is caught and killed by Dave before he can find Carlton. Meanwhile, Charlie and John spend the day investigating the case on their own, but Marla interrupts to tell them that Jason has disappeared. She suspects he returned to Freddy’s by himself, so the entire group rushes to the abandoned mall to rescue him.
Inside the pizzeria, Dave has Carlton trapped inside one of the pizzeria’s old spring lock suits, which were designed to be worn as costumes and also operate independently as animatronics. Dave explains that even the slightest movement could trip the suit’s delicate inner mechanisms, which would cause all of the animatronic parts to plunge into Carlton’s body and kill him.
As proof of his threat’s validity, Dave removes the body of his own costume, revealing the gruesome scars on his chest, back, and neck from where he had apparently suffered the very same fate.
The rest of the group manages to sneak into Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria from a skylight that they discovered in the small crawl space above the roof. However, the skylight opens inwards and is too narrow to escape through, effectively trapping them in the building. Marla quickly finds Jason hiding inside, but after they spot Dave shuffling around nearby, the group makes a quick effort to hide.
Carlton, who can hear his friends whispering and moving around the restaurant, manages to inch his way into the view of a security camera without activating the suit’s spring locks.
From his new position, he spots the yellow Freddy costume slumped nearby, and as he meets its eyes, it begins to speak to him in Michael’s voice. Michael reveals that the five murdered children were stuffed into the animatronics, and their spirits are still trapped inside.
After the group makes it safely to the control room, Charlie spots Carlton on one of the monitors and rushes to rescue him. However, Bonnie has come to life, and the animatronic pursues her through the restaurant until she makes it safely to the room where Carlton is trapped.
Fortunately, her knowledge of her father’s creations allows her to free Carlton from the spring lock costume unscathed. Dave returns soon after, but Charlie knocks him out with a pipe, giving them both a chance to escape.
Once the teens reunite, they return to the room where Dave lies unconscious to tie him up and interrogate him for a way out. As they search the restaurant for rope, Jessica discovers Officer Dunn’s body in a pile of discarded costumes. They restrain Dave with some electrical cords and wake him up, but he appears to be catatonic until Charlie puts the yellow rabbit head on him.
From inside the costume, Dave admits to killing the children and stuffing them into the animatronic suits. However, he refuses to reveal a way out, claiming that they’ll all be killed by the vengeful spirits in the animatronics by morning. Confident in his own safety, Dave tells the group that the spirits consider him “one of them.”
Meanwhile, Clay Burke goes through the old case files in his office and discovers a photograph of the pizzeria’s two founders: Henry Emily and William Afton. Upon closer examination, he realizes that Dave, who was hired to guard the pizzeria, is none other than William Afton himself – their prime suspect for the murders that took place inside ten years prior.
Before the animatronics can move in for the kill, the yellow Freddy appears. Recognizing his childhood friends, the spirit of Michael puts the animatronics to rest to spare their lives. Moments later, Clay arrives at the restaurant and breaks down the wall with a sledgehammer.
However, “Dave,” who managed to escape his bonds, sneaks up on the group from behind and grabs Charlie by the throat, threatening to kill her unless the others comply with his demands.
Charlie reaches into his golden suit and trips the spring locks before he can pull away, causing the animatronic parts to tear into his body until he lays motionless on the floor. The other animatronics drag him back towards the Pirate’s Cove area of the restaurant, and Charlie notices that the yellow Freddy has disappeared. The group leaves the abandoned mall just as the sun begins to rise outside.
Once they return to Carlton’s house, Clay promises to return to Freddy’s to give Officer Dunn and the children proper burials. The next morning, after seeing their friends off, Charlie and John visit the graveyard in town.
Charlie takes a moment alone to visit a pair of graves whose names are not revealed, and the story comes to an end as she reminisces about a happy memory with her father.
Question: Is FNAF: The Silver Eyes Canon?
Answer: Technically, FNAF: The Silver Eyes is considered to be part of the Five Nights at Freddy’s canon, but its placement in the franchise’s lore is a bit complicated. Rather than expanding directly on the plot of the games, the novel was intended to tell an original story that didn’t quite fit within the established lore.
As a result, there’s a lot of overlap between the two, but certain aspects of the novel also directly contradict the games.
Scott Cawthon stated that the two were not meant to fit together perfectly, and the novel was not meant to solve any of the mysteries left unanswered in the games. In short, both the novel and the games are considered canon, but exist in separate continuities from each other.
Question: Is FNAF: The Silver Eyes Part of a Series?
Answer: Yes; FNAF: The Silver Eyes is the first book in a trilogy of novels inspired by the Five Nights at Freddy’s series. The second book in the series, FNAF: The Twisted Ones, was released in 2017, and the third book, FNAF: The Fourth Closet, was published in 2018. All three books were written in collaboration between Scott Cawthon and Kira Breed-Wrisley.
In addition to the FNAF novel trilogy, Scott Cawthon has also published the Fazbear Frights anthology series in collaboration with several different contributors. However, these stories are separate from the novels as well as the games, and their canonicity is more vague than that of the novel trilogy.
Question: Should I Play the FNAF Games Before Reading the Book?
Answer: I would recommend playing at least one Five Nights at Freddy’s game before reading FNAF: The Silver Eyes. While the novel stands alone as a fun and thrilling horror mystery, it still reads as though it was written primarily with FNAF fans in mind. As such, a lot of the imagery and details are much more compelling when you have some level of familiarity with the source material that inspired it.
However, since the novel and its sequels tell an original, self-contained narrative, it’s not necessary to play the games beforehand to understand and enjoy the story.
FNAF The Silver Eyes Synopsis: Conclusion
Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes is a great horror mystery novel for any fan of the FNAF series. The book does a very effective job of translating the horrors of Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria into a written medium, giving old and new fans alike a hair-raising tale that will leave them eager to pick up the next novel in the trilogy.
While it won’t answer any of your burning questions about the game series and its complex, cryptic lore, it’s certainly worth picking up for an entertaining story that portrays Five Nights at Freddy’s from a whole new perspective.