Format: Mass Market Paperbound
Dimensions: 384 Pages, 3.94 × 6.69 × 0.79 in
Published: November 1, 1990
Publisher: Pocket Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0671729454
ISBN - 13: 9780671729455
Read from the Book
Chapter One: Jory Whenever Dad didn''t drive me home from school, a yellow school bus would let me off at an isolated spot where I would recover my bike from the nearest ravine, hidden there each morning before I stepped onto the bus. To reach my home I had to travel a winding narrow road without any houses until I came to the huge deserted mansion that invariably drew my eyes, making me wonder who had lived there; why had they deserted it? When I saw that house I automatically slowed, knowing soon I''d be home. An acre from that house was our home, sitting isolated and lonely on a road that had more twists and turns than a puzzle maze that leads the mouse to the cheese. We lived in Fairfax, Marin County, about twenty miles north of San Francisco. There was a redwood forest on the other side of the mountains, and the ocean too. Ours was a cold place, sometimes dreary. The fog would roll in in great billowing waves and often shrouded the landscape all day, turning everything cold and eerie. The fog was spooky, but it was also romantic and mysterious. As much as I loved my home, I had vague, disturbing memories of a southern garden full of giant magnolia trees dripping with Spanish moss. I remembered a tall man with dark hair turning gray; a man who called me his son. I didn''t remember his face nearly as well as I remembered the nice warm and safe feeling he gave me. I guess one of the saddest things about growing bigger, and older, was that no one was large enough, or strong
From the Publisher
Chris and Cathy made such a loving home for fourteen-year-old Jory
-- so handsome, so gentle. And for Bart,who had such a dazzling
imagination for a nine year old.
Then the lights came on in the house next door. Soon the Old Lady
in Black was there, watching them, guarded by her strange old
butler. Soon she had Bart over for cookies and ice cream and asked
him to call her "Grandmother".
And soon Bart''s transformation began...
Fed by the hint of terrible things about his mother and
father...leading him into shocking acts of violence.
Now while this little boy trembles on the edge of madness, his
anguished parents await the climax to a horror that flowered in an
attic long ago, a horror whose thorns are still wet with blood,
still tipped with fire.
About the Author
V.C. Andrews' novels have sold more than eighty-five million copies and have been translated into sixteen foreign languages. All 38 of V.C. Andrews' novels have hit the New York Times bestseller list.
From Our Editors
Young Bart, son of Chris and Cathy who spent their adolescence locked in an attic, trembles on the edge of madness.