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Flowers in the Attic, a Haunting Journey
Dec 24, 2005 04:56 AM 2892 Views
(Updated Dec 24, 2005 04:56 AM)



A book so haunting yet beautiful in its despair is rare. Flowers in the Attic is simply heartbreaking and breathtaking. The author captures the emotions so well; the characters become real to the reader. You will cry and laugh and die and despair with them.

The book is told from the point of view of Cathy, the second oldest child. Her character is developed well as the plot advances, as are the others. Unlike many female characters in books, she's not a flat, two-dimensional, predictable figure. She burns. Her brother Chris is the perfect male counterpart, intelligent and strong, his only fault being his naive devotion to their scheming, selfish mother. As they grow and mature in the attic, however, his affections toward Cathy become more than brotherly and incest becomes a large factor. The two little children, fraternal twins, Carrie and Cory, are adorable in the beginning but it kills the reader as they slowly wilt and become dull from being locked up.

The grandmother is frightening. She is evil, but at least she is straightforward. The mother, Corinne, is worse since she is deceitful, fabricating lies upon lies and feeding them to her four ever-trusting children. A woman of no conscience, no morals, who only thinks of herself, the reader will come to hate her as much as Cathy does in the end. The children’s father, who turns out to be Corinne's own half-uncle, is only in the book for a short time (in the beginning) and is quickly killed off by the author to get the story started.

The character and plot development are fantastic. All of the characters become VERY real to you. Their emotions become yours. The story moves at a good pace. Descriptions are overdone at times (Then again, I'm not much of a fan of descriptions as I am for good dialogue and plot) but are commendable.

The overall tone of the novel is dark and despairing (If you haven't figured it out yet), not a good read for anyone who likes happy everything-works-out-for-the-best-let's-all-sit-and-hold-hands-and-be-happy type stories. I cannot express how much this book will rivet you. I seriously could not put it down. It just casts a hold on you and will not let you go until you read the very last word. I recommend this to everyone. It is definitely one of the top ten best books I have ever read.

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