Flowers in the Attic
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 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.
My Review- This is the first V.C. Andrews book I’ve read and I’m glad I finally decided to read this. This is a dark, strange tale of forbidden love and the consequences. It’s also a story of greed and selfishness. The story keeps the reader turning the pages to see what happens next and find out just how far a mother is willing to go to keep her “secrets” secret. The depth of the cruelty of the grandmother and the selfishness of the mother made me shake my head and feel pain for what the children suffered. The depth of the darkness and depravity of the story is bottomless. Not a book for younger readers this is a great story that keeps you guessing about the outcome. I will definitely be reading the rest of this series.