Saturday, September 14, 2013

Review: Flowers In The Attic by V.C. Andrews

Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger, #1)
Cover Source: GoodReads
Title: Flowers In The Attic
Author: V.C. Andrews
Series: Dollanganger #1
Version Reviewed: Finished, paperback.

GoodReads Summary:
Way upstairs there are four secrets hidden.
Blond, beautiful, innocent little secrets, struggling to stay alive.
Flowers In the Attic 
The four Dollanganger children had such perfect lives -- a beautiful mother, a doting father, a lovely home. Then Daddy was killed in a car accident, and Momma could no longer support the family. So she beganwriting letters to her parents, her millionaire parents, whom the children had never heard of before.

Momma tells the children all about their rich grandparents, and how Chris and Cathy and the twins will live like princes and princesses in their grandparents' fancy mansion. The children are only too delighted by the prospect. But there are a few things that Momma hasn't told them.

She hasn't told them that their grandmother considers them "devil's spawn" who should never have been born. She hasn't told them that she has to hide them from their grandfather if she wants to inherit his fortune. She hasn't told them that they are to be locked away in an abandoned wing of the house with only the dark, airless attic to play in. But, Momma promises, it's only for a few days....

Then the days stretch into months, and the months into years. Desperately isolated, terrified of their grandmother, and increasingly convinced that their mother no longer cares about them, Chris and Cathy become all things to the twins and to each other. They cling to their love as their only hope, their only strength -- a love that is almost stronger than death
This is one of those books that takes me on a crazy ride and once it’s over, my head is reeling and I don’t really know how to describe the experience. This book was really good, but I don’t really know how I feel about it. My thoughts are so conflicted, mostly by the things revealed by the end of the novel. I’m angry and heart broken and confused. Not by the book itself but by the events that happened inside of it’s pages.

It makes me so angry, what these kids were put through and what the adults in their lives had done to them. The book was very well written and kept me interested. I literally stayed up until five in the morning finishing it. Honestly, I really want to watch the movie now so that I can compare it and see the words acted out. I had never read a V.C. Andrews book before, but I definitely plan to read more in the future.

Character: Cathy and Chris.
Rating: 4 Stars.
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*I borrowed this book from the library.

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