July 18, 2012

Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

Title: Flowers in the Attic
Author: V.C. Andrews

Format: PB
Pages: 411
Genre: Horror

Publisher: Pocket, 2003
ISBN-13:  978-0743467162 

Series: Dollangagers, Book 1

Favorite Quotes:  "Eleven:  you will not allow wicked, sinful, or lusting thoughts to dwell in your minds.  You will keep your thoughts clean, pure, and away from wicked subjects that will corrupt you morally."

"Arsenic is white, Cathy, white.  When mixed with powdered sugar, you cannot taste its bitterness."

Synopsis:  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 began writing 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.

Review:  Wow, this was a heartbreaking, scary, terrible and wonderful book.  I really liked it.  It wasn't easy to read, by any stretch of the imagination, but I am so glad I did.  I'm starting the 2nd book today.

Rating:  8.5 / 10

1 comment:

  1. Julie, I read this book waaaaaaaay back in high school. I really enjoyed it, and I just realized that I don't think I ever completed the series! I think I'm going to put this on my TBR for re-reading!

    I hope you enjoy the second book as well!


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