A major Lifetime movie event—the novel that captured the world's imagination and earned V.C. Andrews a fiercely devoted fanbase. Book One of the Dollanganger Family series.
At the top of the stairs there are four secrets hidden. Blond, beautiful, innocent, and struggling to stay alive…
They were a perfect family, golden and carefree—until a heartbreaking tragedy shattered their happiness. Now, for the sake of an inheritance that will ensure their future, the children must be hidden away out of sight, as if they never existed. Kept on the top floor of their grandmother’s vast mansion, their loving mother assures them it will be just for a little while. But as brutal days swell into agonizing months and years, Cathy, Chris, and twins Cory and Carrie realize their survival is at the mercy of their cruel and superstitious grandmother…and this cramped and helpless world may be the only one they ever know.
Book One of the Dollanganger series, followed by Petals in the Wind, If There be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and Garden of Shadows.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
It’s the ‘70s. Four children are locked away in the upper rooms of a grand house; their mother and fundamentalist grandmother have imprisoned them to secure an inheritance. As years of deprivation and horrifying punishments pass, older siblings Cathy and Chris mature and their dreams and desires become more adult. V.C. Andrews made her name as the author of this dramatic family saga laced with hidden secrets and forbidden love. Flowers in the Attic remains an irresistible and sometimes shocking page-turner.
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Nightmare in the attic...
I read this book because I saw the 1987 movie, and I liked it. Still do. As good as the movie was, however, the book was not only quite different, but better. Actually, the movie was very faithful, but the filmmakers were forced to edit certain scenes and possibly change a few details before the movie was released to theaters(if, in fact, it was) after test audiences were disturbed by a certain plot element from the book that had been included in the original cut of the movie. Anyway, I really enjoyed the book! I love horror novels, and I had heard about how popular this book was when it was published in the early 80s, partly because of the controversial subject matter. A strong recommendation to fans of the movie: If you like it, you’ll love the book! The premise is the same: After the accidental death of a woman’s husband leaves her broke, she takes her four children and desperately returns to her super-rich parents who, long ago, disowned her. The children’s grandmother, locks them in a secret room which leads to the attic, and also sometimes abuses and mistreats them, all because of sins committed by their mother before they were born. Because of their mother’s supposed sins, the grandmother considers them evil. What did their mother do that their grandparents thought were so horrible? She told them she came back to her parents to win back their love so she could inherit their fortune after her sick, bedridden father died, but why are her visits becoming fewer and fewer? Could she, like her children, have become a prisoner? Could greed have turned her against them? What is their mother’s secret? Will they ever escape? While that controversial subplot that made this book so popular(among teenagers) is intriguing to read about, the real focal point that made this book so intriguing and frightening to me was that it was about the grandmother’s cruelty and mistreatments of her grandchildren, and her motives. Even though this book didn’t turn me into a V.C. Andrews fan, it’s a book I really enjoyed reading because I found it to be a terrifying tale of the strange, nightmarish family dynamics of an estranged family. If you want to read a horror-suspense story about a family’s unusual beliefs, and the unfortunate consequences of any family members who turn against those beliefs, even for their innocent children, read this book! It just might be eye-opening and horrifying! A great read! If you like this book, check out the sequels! Unlike one of the other reviewers, I don’t know of any other sequels besides these: Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and a prequel to the series entitled: Garden of Shadows. In recent years, the movie was remade for, and probably BY Lifetime Television. Subsequently, thanks to considerable success, most of the sequels were also adapted, all for Lifetime. Want some good advice? AVOID these movies! Yes, they are good movies; the first was a more faithful adaptation of the book. The bad news: They don’t hold a candle to the 80s classic! Anyhoo, read this book if you’re looking for a quite a different kind of horror novel or thriller!
So disturbed yet this book is so beautiful the way this story unfolds is amazing. I love vc Andrews and her work!!!!
Solid storyline but disappointing ending
I was extremely intrigued when I read the storyline and other readers reviews. The beginning of the book was interesting and the middle was filled with a lot of unnecessary details that seem to be dragged out just to add more pages to the book. Towards the end you started to think that there would be some more excitement other than the kids being locked in the attic the entire book. I was really expecting a lot more from this book especially because the storyline was so interesting. I was hoping for some revenge on the mother and the grandmother but after the kids escaped the story ended. I would have to say it was disappointing to spend all that time reading something that ends so abruptly. I don’t think it was worth the $11.99 that I paid to read it.