Flowers in the Attic, Paperback
2.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


The haunting young adult gothic romance classic that launched Virginia Andrews' incredible best-selling career.

Up in the attic, four secrets are hidden. Four blonde, beautiful, innocent little secrets, struggling to stay alive...Chris, Cathy, Cory and Carrie have perfect lives - until a tragic accident changes everything.

Now they must wait, hidden from view in their grandparents' attic, as their mother tries to figure out what to do next.

But as days turn into weeks and weeks into months, the siblings endure unspeakable horrors and face the terrifying realisation that they might not be let out of the attic after all.

Virginia Andrews is a publishing phenomenon, with over 100 million books in print.

Still as terrifying now as it was when it first appeared, Flowers in the Attic is a gripping story of a family's greed, betrayal and heartbreak.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9780007436828



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I know a lot of people come to Flowers in the Attic as teenagers and I can imagine that, if I'd done the same, its taboo subject and air of melodrama would have fascinated me. But reading it for the first time as an adult, I'm afraid I found it wanting. The story is simple: after the death of their father, four children move with their mother to her parents' house, but because her parents didn't approve of her marriage - and their sick grandfather doesn't even know they exist - they are hidden away in the attic until their mother can persuade her parents to accept them. The two older children do their best to make a game of it for their younger twin siblings - to create a magical world that will blot out the injustice of real life. However, as time passes, they begin to realise that perhaps no one has any intention of releasing them: perhaps it is easier for all the adults simply to keep them out of sight, out of mind. This becomes an even more powerful conviction as they come to understand exactly why their grandparents disapproved of their mother's marriage and the truth about their own births.It's an interesting concept but for me it was clumsily handled: the prospect of incest between the two older children was flagged virtually from the start, as the narrator adoringly (and disturbingly) fixates on her older brother's intelligence and beauty, and their wicked grandmother hints at the evils of the sexes being left alone together. Not only did I find the plot predictable, which spoiled my enjoyment, but I also felt that the writing was overblown and laboured. The dialogue, especially, sounded implausibly elaborate and artificial in the mouths of characters who were supposed to be children. Indeed, the whole thing felt as if it was less about the children being trapped in the attic, and more an excuse for the titillation of teenage incest. Perhaps that's the price of not having first read this at the impressionable age of thirteen or fourteen. I'm glad I gave it a go, but I don't have any desire to read the rest of the series; and unfortunately I don't think Virginia Andrews is for me.

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