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


Seriously, give me a second.

This book is crazy.  I had more response to my GoodReads updates while reading this than I’d had in awhile, which told me one thing:  lots of you have read this and it really stuck with you.  Now I see why.

The Dollanganger’s have quite the perfect life.  Happy, gorgeous parents that love each other as well as their four beautiful children.  But when Daddy is killed in a car wreck, Momma doesn’t know what to do.  She brings her children back to her parent’s home in the middle of the night and hides them in an unused area of the mansion.  You see, Momma came from money, but had been disinherited because she married Daddy.  Oh, and Momma’s parents are strict, cruel crazy people.  The four kids were forced to hide in this room, obey all the Grandmother’s crazy strict rules for a few days until the Grandfather forgave Momma.  A few days turned into weeks which turned into months….     and this is their story.

This story is disturbing.  The entire time I was reading it, I had this creepy and uncomfortable feeling settle within me.  I won’t even tell you what happened in my dreams at night.  I’ve read books with cruel characters, but this really takes the cake and gets in your brain.  I remember people reading this when I was younger, but I shied away for whatever reason.  I was never really into reading horror novels, but in a sense they have been growing on me for the past couple of years.  And now I feel like I’ve accomplished something – I’ve read Flowers in the Attic and survived.  Well, we’ll see what happens in my dreams tonight, anyway.  The series continues but I don’t know if my heart or mind can take it!

If you like uber-creepy scary stories, and haven’t read this one yet – don’t wave it aside because it is a bit older.  It is still quite the well written chilling story that will haunt you.

Let’s not forget that there is a new movie version coming soon as well – it will be on Lifetime, but it is supposed to stay very true to the book, if you know what I mean.

Flowers in the Attic
by V.C. Andrews
Pocket Books, 2005.  Originally published 1979.
391 pages
Series:  Dollanganger #1
Source:  Library
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7 thoughts on “Book Review: "Flowers in the Attic" by V.C. Andrews

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  1. I read one of this author's books YEARS ago and I remember how disturbing it was. I think somebody killed their Mum who was also their sister and hid the body somewhere? :s

    Did you like this then? Or was it just too odd?


  2. I was very into VC Andrews when I was a teenager years ago and read her books basically just as soon as I could get my hands on them. I had all of them, until I made the mistake of loaning them to a family member and never getting them returned 😦


  3. Hanna – I did like it; I knew some of what to expect, but I still wasn't prepared. It is definitely one that pushed my boundaries, and I like that. That said, I'm not sure I want to read more by the author. She's a fantastic writer though, so maybe I'll revisit her writing now and again… but spread far apart!


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