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Flowers in the Attic

by V.C. Andrews

Gallery Books | January 7, 2014 | Trade Paperback

Flowers in the Attic is rated 4.6757 out of 5 by 37.
Now a major Lifetime movie event—the classic story of forbidden love that captured the world’s imagination and earned V.C. Andrews a fiercely devoted fanbase. Book One of the Dollanganger family saga.

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, the sequels include Petals in the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and Garden of Shadows. Then experience the attic from Christopher’s point of view in Christopher’s Diary: Secrets of Foxworth and Christopher’s Diary: Echoes of Dollanganger.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 1.1 in

Published: January 7, 2014

Publisher: Gallery Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1476775850

ISBN - 13: 9781476775852

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creepy page-turner Flowers in the Attic is dark, depressing, creepy, haunting, disturbing and so many other things. But it was written in such a way that I couldn't stop reading. Its a story that is hard to forget
Date published: 2010-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner This book.......... you just have to read it ok! It is so good.I have read the seris dust in the summer.
Date published: 2009-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling! This book will suck you in with its twisted plot and unbelievable turns! The Dollanganger children suffer through incredible odds just to survive another day!
Date published: 2009-04-26
Rated out of 5 by from Love is the Synonom for Death Flowers in the Attic was such a haunting, scary, exceedingly dark and depressing novel which was probably the most entertaining story I have ever read. As sickening and shocking as it sounds to enjoy the verbal suffering of four innocent children, you begin to analyze the actions of God and the justifications He could possibly make. As saddening as it sounds, this story has been a reality for many helpless, defenseless kids, even adults. Recently, a woman was discovered, having been held captive for 18 years by her own father. What was even more disgusting was he helped conceive many of the children she gave birth to in the 18 years. The story was mainly a plot fabricated by a heartless, evil mother who wants nothing more than money and riches. She neglects her children to the point of inhumane ignorance. At the ending of the novel, a terrible discovery is made. WARNING: I WILL REVEAL A SPOILER> DO NOT READ ON IF YOU DONT WISH TO KNOW> Anyhow, the only way the mother could truly make her inherticance, she could not have any children or she would have to forfeit it to them. So she tries to kill them, near the ending. Successful, she kills her youngest son, Cory. Later, Carrie falls ill but does not perish of the arsenic poisoning slipped into their sugared donoughts SUMMARY OF THE STORY WITH SPOILERS: Chris, Cathy, Carrie and Cory are daughters and sons of Chris and Corrine Dollanganger. When Chris (father) dies, Corrine is forced to abandon their home due to money shortage. Corrine's goal is to gain her father's approval so she can be rewritten into his will, inherting millions of dollars to support her and her kids. Malcom, Corrine's father, however does not know that she gave birth to children. Until she gains his approval, Corrine forces them to hide away in the stuffy attic of Foxworth Hall, the home of Malcolm Foxworth. His wife, Olivia is an evil woman who believes the children are devil's spawn, because their parents conceived them, being half uncle and half niece. Anyhow, through the 3 years they spend, they endure whippings, hot tar poured in Cathy's hair, Cory's death of arsenic poisoning, Carrie and Cory's pale and fragile state at only 8 years old, Chris and Cathy's perpetual sexual deisres for one another which lead to their sex together. They are starved for two weeks, forced to drink their own blood and eat the dead mice they catch. Carrie, the talkative and chirpy one, falls silent and withdrawn, as with Cory. A few weeks before they escape, their mother abandons them. She fails however to tell them that her father died months ago, meaning she could've let them out much earlier. A mother like Corrine Foxworth is truly the Devil's Spawn. Ironic, isn't it?
Date published: 2008-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating This book takes you deep into the minds of four children who are locked away in an attic by their mother, with promises of letting them out "soon". You follow the story of Cathy, Chris, Carrie and Cory as they struggle to survive with no contact with the outside world. While there are dark parts of the book, it makes a great read. One of my favourite VC Andrews series. One thing is for sure - I'm glad my mother and grandmother are nothing like the ones in these books!
Date published: 2008-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning. This book is beyond amazing. It is dark, twisted, yet shows the sickness and depravity of the human psyche. It shows the lengths one will go for money. This book is absolutely captivating, once I started reading I couldn't put it down. It is truly beautiful, with an amazing storyline and it is written extremely well.
Date published: 2008-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully horrifying Yes, beautiful. The word does not even capture the hopeful-turned-hopeless longing, the desperation, the disturbing love cycle, the vengeance that V.C. Andrews was able to weave in this old goodie that never gets old. This is the start of a series that leaves you completely breathless, secretly hoping for the children's welfare, but knowing they won't get an ounce of it. A perfect read on a thunderstruck night.
Date published: 2008-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Amazing! <> Amazingly written from start to finish, keeping me hooked from the first word. My personal favourite of V.C. Andrews novels. She truly knows how to make you feel what those poor four children feel. A story that I can read over and over again, and never tire of! <3
Date published: 2007-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The only story that really stayed with me I read this novel when I was in high school and have never been able to put the visions of these children out of my head. It was my first thriller, and to this day not one writer has captured me like V.C.Andrews.
Date published: 2007-05-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Captivating and Dark I have enjoyed the readings of "Flowers in the Attic" though at times it makes the reader realize that there is and always will be a darker side to life. VC Andrews keeps you intensily invloved in each character and the lives they live.
Date published: 2006-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Chilling Read After hearing so much about this author, I decided to pick up her very first book. It absolutely captivated me with it's continuing horrors. I wanted to scream at the book! Definitely a great read for anyone who's looking for something different - and I mean different.
Date published: 2006-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FAB this book is so addictingly amazingly great i couldnt out it down i ever brought it on a feild trip and read it because i couldent take a day without it
Date published: 2006-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absoutley addicting This book is addicting, its that good. Once i read this book i had to read all of them in this series. If you're looking to start a series or just read a book that leaves you hanging on the edge of your seat then this is the book for you! And V.C Andrews is known to have many series, so if you like these books, check out her other books, although since she past away her family has hired a ghost writer to continue writing her amazing books.
Date published: 2005-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My first Book This was the first book I read in my life, I was 13 years old, still today, after almost 15 years, I remeber evey detail with joy. Great story from start to finish, it won't even take you three days to finish it just because you wouldn't want to stop reading it. I cried, got worried, laughed and experienced a great rollecoaster of emotions. I recommend this book, you won't regret it at all.
Date published: 2005-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent This was one of her best books yet. It was great and had tons of chilling twists.
Date published: 2005-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible I have read this whole series, except for the last book which my friend is letting me borrow after Christmas. I think that all of the books are written exceptionally well, and V.C. Andrews knows how to draw in readers and make them not want to stop reading til the end. You smile with the joys, and you cry with the tragedies. Incredible books.
Date published: 2003-12-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from When fiction meets reality This book is awsome. If you are a fiction fan, you'll love it. If you are a based on true stories fan, you'll love it. It has all the elements of reality put into a fiction story. Brother, sister, lover or sibbling, it's all confused in the world of Cathy and her brother as they live in a dark attic... Couldn't stop reading, deep characters.
Date published: 2003-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Off The Edge!! When i was given the book, i didn't think it would all that Great but i started to read it and i was overwhelmed by every thing!! The only thing i regret is not reading this book sooner!!
Date published: 2002-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best thing V.C. Andrews ever wrote! Flowers in the Attic is a very dark, very twisted, awesome work of fiction. You can really connect with the characters and feel sympathy for four children whose mother doesn't care about them.
Date published: 2002-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome!!!!! The most awesome book in the world!!! Best seller!! Awesome book!!! I could read it over and over! It's my favourite book! Let others read it. Everyone I know loves it!!!!
Date published: 2002-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book EVER!!!! This book was the best book I have ever read!It's even better than Harry Potter! I think this book should go outin theaters and people I know says the same thing.I would advise it go into a best seller for the SECOND time! yours trully Tiffany R .p.s, when I am older I intend to be the worlds best writter.....besides V. C Andrews!!!!!!!
Date published: 2002-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!!!! I thought this book was absolutely amazing. I started reading it and COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! I think any teenager or adult would enjoy this book and the rest of the series which I am looking forward to reading.
Date published: 2002-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Snazzy This was an extremely captivating book. It was very different from anything else I have ever read. "Floweres In the Attic" was twisted, yet beautifully written. I really liked this book, and would recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2001-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awsome !! THIS BOOK IS A MUST! YOU KEEP READING AND DON'T WANT TO STOP! FINDING OUT WHAT HAPPENED IN THE TRAGEDY IS REALLY WORTH WHILE!!
Date published: 2001-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Flowers in the Attic This story is amazing! It is the best book V.C. Andrews ever wrote! If you like a book with everything in it read this book!
Date published: 2000-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fantastic book! I really enjoyed the book, I thought it was terrifying, and sad. The story is about a seilfish mother who locks her four innocent children away in the attic of Foxworth Hall, they are left to starve, and die. I read it when my family was traveling to Saskatoon and I spent twelve hours of traveling in the car the time flew past by reading! I could not put the book down! It was INCREADABLE! I really advise you to read it, it is a very unforgetable novel. You will not be able to put it down!
Date published: 2000-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCELLENT BOOK The first time I read this book I enjoyed it but I thought the story was a little on the strange and unusual side. But now I look and I see that the writer has such a deep and interesting imagination and if people look closely at the world today they'll see that worse things go on.
Date published: 2000-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCELLENT BOOK The first time I read this book I enjoyed it but I thought the story was a little on the strange and unusual side. But now I look and I see that the writer has such a deep and interesting imagination and if people look closely at the world today, they'll see that worse things go on.
Date published: 2000-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must to Read! I started to read 2 out of the series back in high school.(early '80's) I plan to get the whole series now and re-read all of them! Flowers in the Attic is the best..you just can't put it down!To me..this particular series of novels are collector items! Bravo
Date published: 2000-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why I loved Flowers in the attic! I loved the book "Flowers in The Attic". This book is about 4 children, named Cathy, Chris and the twins Carrie and Cory, who are locked away from the world in the attic of Foxworth Hall by their selfish mother and thier cruel hearted grandmother for 3 years. I recomend this to anyone who loves to read because after you start reading this novel you can't put it down. I give this book 5 stars ***** and if you read it i'm sure you will agree.
Date published: 2000-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must-read right from page 1! This book had to have been the best book ever written by V.C. Andrews. I may only be 12, but it was easy to understand, and got you hooked right from page one. I couldn't believe how cruel people could be, and while reading this book on a long journey in the car, at times I got so engrossed, I came to times where I was tempted to throw the book out the window! Not because it was stupid or silly, but because it was written with such intense feeling it was utterly amazing! I have not yet seen the movie, but am hoping to soon. I suggest you read it today...you won't ever regret it.
Date published: 2000-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superior Novel! Flowers in the Attic, by V.C. Andrews is an exciting novel that expressed the lonliness of four children locked in one room with only the attic to play in for a period of over three years. The suspense, sadness, and horror of the story held me in suspense throughout the entire book. I couldn't put the book down. I was constantly smiling, laughing and crying feeling everything that young Cathy and her siblings were feeling. An amazing novel that I suggest to everyone I meet! I did not want the novel to end and when I found out there were continuations, I went to get them all and was happy to find that they were all just as wonderful.
Date published: 2000-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hooked!! This is the book that started it all. After I read this book, I instantly became a V.C Andrews fan. This book was so intense and full of emotion that i couldn't put it down! Great, as are all her other preceeding this!
Date published: 2000-07-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Devil Mother! I can't believe the mother! She's more evil than the grandmother! I've seen the movie first so I decided to read the book. I like the story but I thought the way the author wrote wasn't realistic. The most "disturbing" part was what happened between Chris and Cathy more so than the situation they were in! This is the first V.C. Andrews book I've read and I'll read the next follow up book, Petals On The Wind, but that's all I can handle with this series of books.
Date published: 2000-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW!!! This book was one of my favourite books that I have read.V.C. Andrews is my favourite Author and she knows how to keep you reading. This book is Horror,Suspence and is breath taking all at the same time.I hope you enjoy it to.
Date published: 2000-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW!!! This book was one of my favourite books that I have read.V.C. Andrews is my favourite Author and she knows how to keep you reading. This book is Horror,Suspence and is breath taking all at the same time.I hope you enjoy it to.
Date published: 2000-07-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't waste your time This book was sad and pitiful and reflected on the horrible dark side of her imagination. Unless you want to be disgusted beyond belief, don't read it.
Date published: 2000-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good book This book was intense its very hard to put down. You put yourself in the characters place to feel how they feel. If you read the other books that are following this one you are just amazed with the author and wonder what inspired her to write it. You wonder if its a real life experience or just a myth.
Date published: 2000-04-13

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Flowers in the Attic

by V.C. Andrews

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 1.1 in

Published: January 7, 2014

Publisher: Gallery Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1476775850

ISBN - 13: 9781476775852

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Prologue It is so appropriate to color hope yellow, like that sun we seldom saw. And as I begin to copy from the old memorandum journals that I kept for so long, a title comes as if inspired. Open the Window and Stand in the Sunshine. Yet, I hesitate to name our story that for I think of us more as flowers in the attic. Paper flowers. Born so brightly colored, and fading duller through all those long, grim, dreary, nightmarish days when we were held prisoners of hope, and kept captives by greed. But, we were never to color even one of our paper blossoms yellow. Charles Dickens would often start his novels with the birth of the protagonist and, being a favorite author of both mine and Chris''s, I would duplicate his style -- if I could. But he was a genius born to write without difficulty while I find every word I put down, I put down with tears, with bitter blood, with sour gall, well mixed and blended with shame and guilt. I thought I would never feel ashamed or guilty, that these were burdens for others to bear. Years have passed and I am older and wiser now, accepting, too. The tempest of rage that once stormed within me has simmered down so I can write, I hope, with truth and with less hatred and prejudice than would have been the case a few years ago. So, like Charles Dickens, in this work of "fiction" I will hide myself away behind a false name, and live in fake places, and I will pray to God that those who should will hurt when they read what I have to say. Certainly G
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From the Publisher

Now a major Lifetime movie event&#8212;the classic story of forbidden love that captured the world&#8217;s imagination and earned V.C. Andrews a fiercely devoted fanbase. Book One of the Dollanganger family saga.

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&#8212;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&#8217;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, the sequels include Petals in the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and Garden of Shadows. Then experience the attic from Christopher&#8217;s point of view in Christopher&#8217;s Diary: Secrets of Foxworth and Christopher&#8217;s Diary: Echoes of Dollanganger.

About the Author

Born on June 6, 1924 in Portsmouth, Va., Virginia Cleo Andrews was one of three children of William Henry and Lillian Lilnora. Her father was a career Navy man who later opened a tool-and-die business and her mother was a telephone operator. As a child, Andrews read voraciously and also excelled in art. At the age of fifteen, she won a scholarship for a literary parody she had written. Commenting on her love of reading, she once said "When I was seven, [my father] took me to the public library and signed me up for my first library card. He went home with two books... I went home with nine." Andrews worked as a commercial fashion and portrait artist for a time. However, after her father's death in the late 1960s and the family's subsequent move to Manchester, Mo, she began what she described as "closet" writing. It was her publisher's decision to use her initials (V.C.) rather than her full name. This was done for the purpose of neutralizing her gender so as to sell to adult male audiences; the common belief was that men did not like to read books by women writers. Andrews eventually became a full-time writer. Her first novel was a science fiction fantasy entitled The Gods of the Green Mountains, published in 1972. In 1980, she published the bestseller Flowers in the Attic, followed by Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, My Sweet Audrina, Heaven, and Dark Angel. V.C. Andrews died in December, 1986 at the age of 62. She left a legacy of books that have b
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Editorial Reviews

"At age 13, I survived almost entirely on green apple Jolly Ranchers and Flowers in the Attic , and to this day I can''t look at the book without my mouth watering. My much loved copy must have come from a supermarket (it was impossible to go to a supermarket in the ''80s to, say, secretly stock up on green apple Jolly Ranchers, without a V.C. Andrews book lurking by checkout)... I loved that book.   The narrator, Cathy, who ages from 12 to 15 over the course of the story, is part princess (she is locked in a tower; she is beset by cruel foes; she has long, perfect hair until the grandmother tars it one night), and part witch (she''s tantrum-prone, pessimistic, cynical). Basically, I adored her because she is like all girls around the age of 13: at turns sulky, giving, selfish, charming, nasty and heroic.   Flowers in the Attic is most famous for the fact that Cathy and her brother fall in love. It''s a weird, strangely old-fashioned love story (and is Chris ever the stuff of teenage dreams: handsome, brilliant, extravagantly chivalrous), but it''s not what hooked me. What kept me circling around to the beginning was that hyper-Gothic female evil. The emotionally cold, physically abusive grandmother. The cloying, manipulative, mind-warping mother. It felt so new and stunning to me — these witches who seemed quite real. I devoured the sequels less to learn about Cathy''s tragic love story than to see what kind of woman Cathy became — princess, witch, a bi
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