I had every reason to hate her, my forbidden sister. She was like someone who had died but wouldn’t stay buried. . . .
Emmie Wilcox was only six when her older sister, Roxy, was thrown out of their New York City apartment. Their stern father’s military-style rules left no room for rebellion, and Roxy was as defiant as Emmie—now an outstanding student at a private school—is compliant: a perfect daughter, un fille parfaite, as her Parisian-born mother lovingly calls her. Two sisters, total opposites—yet Emmie is secretly obsessed with the mystery surrounding Roxy: What had she done? Where is she now? And is there a hidden side to Emmie that resembles Roxy’s spiteful nature? Knowing only that Roxy is a highly paid escort to the city’s wealthiest men, Emmie goes behind her father’s back to track down the sister she fears, despises, and inexplicably clings to . . . and whose influence might run deeper than Emmie ever imagined.
This melodramatic first in the 20th series from the V.C. Andrews franchise (the author died in 1986) charts the travails of Emmie Wilcox as she attempts to locate and reconnect with her rebellious older sister, Roxy. When Emmie was six, her father Norton, a conservative New York investment banker, threw defiant 15-year-old Roxy out of the house and did all he could to obliterate every trace of the girl. Five years later, according to Emmie's French mother, Norton learned that Roxy had become a high-priced call girl known as "Fleur du Coeur." Emmie, who soon discovers that her "forbidden" sister is living in a nearby Manhattan hotel, endures a series of tragedies, ranging from a friend's betrayal to her father's death and her mother's illness. Hardcore Andrews fans will best appreciate this saga of teenage angst, poverty and riches, bad fortune and good.