Flowers in the Attic by VC Andrews is the first volume of the Dollanganger series.
After the death of her husband, Corinne returns to the parental abode with her four children. Unfortunately, life quickly becomes hell for this cursed family. Because of dark tale of inheritance, the existence of her children must remain a secret to Corinne’s father, with whom she is estranged. Her mother, for her part, proves herself vindictive and terrible towards them.
Under the guise of protecting her children, Corinne locks them up in the attic with barely enough to survive. In a bid to forget, they make this place of uncertainty and trauma the kingdom of their games and their dreams. The secret refuge of their tenderness, away from the world. But the days turn into weeks then weeks into months and then into years. Far from being at the end of their surprises in this noxious atmosphere of family plots, their only objective is to escape. At any price!
If you never borrowed a book from your mom or aunt’s gallery when you were young, then no comment. Flowers in the Attic is one of the first books I borrowed from my aunt’s gallery. I was a teenager and this volume of the Dollanganger series really upset and intrigued me. The history of these 4 children held in captivity really drew me in.
I remember crying profusely several times while reading this particular book. When I read the last pages of this novel I found myself crying like a child! And again, I was only a child then. The first volume is by far the best of the 5 for me.
I found this to be an awesome read. It’s a story like no other. Unique in every sense of the word. It is easy to step into the story or fit into their shoes. You quickly feel the pain of wanting to escape because you feel trapped in a huge mansion with a strange grandmother. In fact, stuck with crazy grandma and a mother who supposedly cannot let us out.
I recommend Flowers in the Attic for those who love reading a twisted story of incest, family strive and Gothic fiction. It will no doubt thug at your heart strings. You may want to consider reading the entire Dollanganger series.
It is quite a good and addictive read.