The Queen’s Book Talk # 39 : Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger #1) by V.C. Andrews

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Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 2nd 2005 by Gallery Books (first published 1979)
Original Title : Flowers in the Attic
ISBN1416510885 
(ISBN13: 9781416510888)

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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. 

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I started reading this book with a general idea that it was incest themed. I didn’t know who fell inlove with who and what happened. So you can say that I had a quite unspoiled view of this book. So i’ll just put it out there that this biok may not be for all readers. There will be times that you’ll feel that these things are wrong but in a way justifiable and it will make you question your own morals. But if you are brave enough to venture in this kind of book then it is highly recommended. I won’t be saying much in this non spoilery part of my book talk because I want you to have a untainted view of the book like me.

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Giving this book 4/5 stars because a book good enough to move you and make you question things you believe in is a good book.

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First let me start on the writing. It was dragging. YOU by Caroline Kepnes kind of dragging. The kind of prolonged torture of finding out what will eventually happen in the end. It may seem like a bad thing but in a sense it is not. Yes I found it hard to read faster than my usual pace because you have got to focus to every single detail of the story. The way it was written was supposed to let you be in with the characters. It made you feel that you were there waiting and trapped like these kids. I don’t about you all but I liked it even it was a torture to read.

Let me just dive in into the incest part, I for one, don’t consider the relationship of the brother and the sister incest per se. They just acted out a physical need that are both needed by them in their age. Aside the one time sexual act, there were no other incidence of these two acting out. Yes there were times that they may be physically attracted to each other but I think all of it is on physical level only and they don’t love one another other than sibling love unlike other incest books I have read ( re Forbidden )

There are just too many juicy parts of the book that I want to emphasize so just let me run through them real quick.

It was so sad to see these sheltered kids dragged in the middle of the night to a place they thought would provide sanctuary but instead became their prison. It was heartbreaking how every time their mother comes to visit them,  they hope every time that she will whisk them away from that attic but she never does and everyday they wither, physically and emotionally.

Then came the moment they decided that enough was enough. They saw what was happening outside and what their mother did but until the end they still hoped that she loved them but in truth she doesn’t and just wanted to get rid of them.

I just hope in the next books they will be okay but I am guessing they are not. I am so excited to read the next books!

That’s all you guys thank you so much for reading. 😘

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