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Flowers in the Attic [Mass Market Paperback]

V. C. Andrews
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December 1997 Dollanganger Series
Flowers in the Attic is the dark, terrifying tale of four innocent children who are locked away from the world by a selfish mother. Ties in to the film starring Louise Fletcher and Victoria Tenant that was released in October. Garden of Shadows, the exciting prequel, will be released this month.)

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'An artfully twisted modern fairytale' The Times Magazine 'Beautifully written, macabre and thoroughly nasty... it is evocative of the nasty fairy tales like Little Red Riding Hood and The Babes in the Wood, with a bit of Victorian Gothic thrown in. ... What does shine through is her ability to see the world through a child's eyes' Daily Express 'Makes horror irresistible' Glasgow Sunday Mail 'A gruesome saga... the storyline is compelling, many millions have no wish to put this down' Ms London 'There is strength in her books - the bizarre plots matched with the pathos of the entrapped' The Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Virginia Andrews lived in Norfolk, Virginia, studied art and worked as a fashion illustrator, commercial artist and portrait painter. Flowers in the Attic, based on a true story, was her first novel. It became an immediate bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic when it was first published in 1979. Virginia Andrews died in 1986, leaving a considerable amount of unpublished work. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Origional and Entertaining May 19 2004
By Alexa
Format:Mass Market Paperback
There isnt a book out there quite like this one! Flowers in the Attic is a dark, horrifying and mysterious book about four children locked away in a secret room while the await their mother's re-inheritance. These are normal children growing up in highly unusual and horrible circumstances. Although quite a bizzare novel, it deals with many real life conflicts and feelings such as love, incest,jealousy, and especially greed. The mystery of this book will keep you turning pages all night long; when you finish you'll be dying for more, so dont forget to check out the sequals!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flowers In The Attic May 19 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is the best one I have read in ages! Four childeren (Christopher, Cathrine, Cory, and Carrie) are locked away by their selfish mother when their father dies of a hit and run accident. The mother writes a letter to her mother and father, and is excepted back at Foxworth Hall. When she told her childeren that they will be locked in the north wing until their selfish grandfather dies, they agreed to be loyal. Their evil grandmother has too many rules for the childeren to follow. But the attic is their sancutary to them. For Cathy has always wanted to be a dancer and Chris a doctor. Their mother spoils them, and keeps their hopes up by saying soon your grandfather will die and you will be free. But soon the childeren grow more and more mature, and the mother buys them little things still, and Cathy is horrified. Then one night the grandmother does something terrible, and mean to Cathy. For she is jealous of Cathy's beauty! Soon the childeren find ways of keeping themsleves busy, like cutting and a making a garden in the attic! They do some very sinful things, and disobey the grandmother. Their mother soon starts seeing another man by the name of Bart. They get to see their grandfather at the Christmas ball... This is a very exciting book, and will keep you reading until the end! The seires along with this excite you too! Start the horror by reading Flowers In The Attic...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Betrayal and Heroism Dec 15 2003
By kim
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is one of the best books that I have ever read, it kept my attention the whole way through and I never wanted to put it down. "Flowers in the Attic" is the story of a selfish mother who locks her four children in an attic with the hope that they will be let out in less than a month. Corrine, the mother,loses her husband and can barely support her four kids so she moves in with her parents. Her parents are rich and her father is very sick, but Corrine was written out of his will when she disgraced the family, so her goal is to please her father so she can be written back into the will and inherit everything. Cathy and Chris, the two eldest children are supportive until the months turn into years, and their mother stops visiting, and the younger children become sick. The kids find out the mother has been planning to leave the children in the attic forever and all hell breaks loose. Even with the hardships that the children face, the eldest are heroic in standing up to their mom and being parents to their younger siblings. This book is extremely exciting even though it takes place in only a attic. With a little bit of incest and a evil grandmother looming, this book will definately grab your attention.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read! Sept. 29 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was first introduced to "Flowers in the Attic" through the 1987 film starring Kristy Swanson. Now, these many years later I have finally read the book. I started out of order, reading "Garden of Shadows" the last book in the series, but prequel to "Flowers in the Attic" first. I have to say that this book is very good! You will be glued to the book from start to finish.
The story revolves around the Dollanganger family. One evening Christopher Dollanganger dies in a car crash and his family, consisting of his wife and four children, must go back and live with their family in Foxworth Hall. Both Christopher and his wife, Corrine, grew up in this mansion. It is because of their incestuous marriage that they were both banished from their home and their family.
Wanting to recapture her father's adoration and love, Corrine comes home and hides her children, so that she may inherit his vast fortune. She asks her mother to watch over the children, who are confined to the North wing of the house. They are not allowed to leave this area and can only go up into the attic. Soon their mother pretty much abandons them and leaves them to rot in the attic while she lives her life without them. Their evil grandmother does everything in her power to make them feel as bad, horrible, and dirty as possible, wanting to punish them for what their parents had done nearly 20 years prior. Soon the children discover that they are slowly being poisoned and why they are trying to be killed.
This book is an excellent tale of deceit, love, hate, pain, and triumph. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone! You won't be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars flowers in the attic July 20 2003
By Alister
Format:Mass Market Paperback
this book moved me from start to finish. Heavy issues are doubt with openly in the book which did shock me a little and i am glad that the author touched many subjects in which we do not openly talk about in life. The realism of the plot is errie which added to the suspense.
And after reading the book i took great pity on chris and cathy feeling that i had connected with these characters.
i do feel that christopher genuingly fell in love with cathy obviously this love was spurred on by the constant separation from the outside world and girls his age. But in the end i feel he could not help falling in love with her as in that attic they had bonded so close that it grew to the bond of 2 lovers.
Dispite the fact they were brother and sister i felt content with their relationship as i read the book. It just proves that love is the strangest thing in the world....
Great read ! if not disturbing i would advise people of only a mature age to read this book as the issues may be hard to understand at first.
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