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Review: Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

9780671729417_custom-18adc15f0d251f56e4c4f507734d645a4b5ea440-s6-c30Such wonderful children. Such a beautiful mother. Such a lovely house. Such endless terror!

It wasn’t that she didn’t love her children. She did. But there was a fortune at stake–a fortune that would assure their later happiness if she could keep the children a secret from her dying father.

So she and her mother hid her darlings away in an unused attic.

Just for a little while.

But the brutal days swelled into agonizing years. Now Cathy, Chris, and the twins wait in their cramped and helpless world, stirred by adult dreams, adult desires, served a meager sustenance by an angry, superstitious grandmother who knows that the Devil works in dark and devious ways. Sometimes he sends children to do his work–children who–one by one–must be destroyed….

‘Way upstairs there are
four secrets hidden.
Blond, beautiful, innocent
struggling to stay alive….

So I went into this book with a pretty good idea of what to expect. After all, I have seen one of the movies and did my research before even finding a copy of it for myself.

I’m not sure if there was an issue with the transference of the original book to an ebook, but the book is full of randomly misplaced hyphens. Normally I’d assume it was because of the transference, but they are always in the middle of a word, precisely where there is break in syllables. For example “stub- born” (yes, even with the random spacing) instead of stubborn, “cheer-ful” instead of “cheerful” and even “ten-i- ble” instead of tenible. Or you’ll find double hyphens which I am assuming are meant to act as a pause, but last I checked, that’s what spaces are for. In fact, in total there are 2101 hyphens in this book. That is absolutely ridiculous. So if it wasn’t the author, then the publishers should do a better job converting to ebook and if it was the author, then her editor should be keelhauled.

The story itself was surprisingly interesting, as long as you have the patience to ignore the abundance of hyphens as well Cathy’s sometimes annoying worldview of events. For me, it was hard to be thrust into the mind of a naive 12 year old and I had to keep reminding myself that this took place in the 50’s. For a 12 year old in today’s society would not only know what a period was, they would know about sex. Unfortunately, the thing that bothered me most about the story is the relationship of Cathy and Chris. For even at the very beginning, it seemed they were doomed to follow in the footsteps of their parents and embark on an incestuous relationship. I had no qualms with the relationship itself, truth be told. But it felt as if they were going there even if things hadn’t have changed.

After finishing the story, I find myself curious to continue to read the series and make it to the final book, which serves as a prequel. I am less curious about the outcome of the children (especially since I know the gist of the series) and more intrigued to uncover the grandmother’s and mother’s points of view, even if most of it is before the original events in this book. As with most books, it is the psychology of these characters that intrigue me most and I hope to find there to be more of an explanation as to why they turned out the way the did.


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About Kristine

As an aspiring author, avid bookworm, fitness fanatic and dedicated mother, there just aren't enough hours in the day. I write or post about things I'm passionate about and spend my time trying to make the most of every day. Life may be a tough journey, but I have my ruby red slippers and am content on skipping along this yellow brick road until the end of the line.

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