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Flowers in the Attic (Dollangangers, Bk 1)
Flowers in the Attic - Dollangangers, Bk 1 Author:V.C. Andrews Way upstairs there are four secrets hidden. Blond, beautiful, innocent little secrets, struggling to stay alive. A spell-binding best seller of terror, betrayal, and salvation through love. — The four Dollanganger children had such perfect lives -- a beautiful mother, a doting father, a lovely home. Then suddenly, Daddy was killed in a car accide... more »nt, and Momma was left deeply in debt with no skills to to earn a living to support her family. So she began writing letters to her parents, her millionaire patents, whom the children had never heard of before.
Momma tells them all about their rich grandparents, and about how Chris and Cathy and the twins will live like princes and princesses in the grandparents' fancy mansion in Virginia. The children are only too delighted by the prospect of their new life, until they discover there are a few things that Momma hasn't told them.
She hasn't told them that their grandmother considers them "devil's spawn" who should never have been born. She hasn't told them that she has to hide them from the grandfather if she wants to inherit his fortune. She hasn't told them that they are to be locked away in an abandoned wing of the house with only the dark, airless attic to play in. But, Momma promises, it's only for a few days.
But the days stretch into months, and the months into years. Desperately isolated, terrified of the grandmother and increasingly convinced that their mother no longer cares about them, Chris and Cathy become all things to the twins and to each other. They cling to their love as their only hope, their only solid strength -- a strength that is almost stronger than death.« less