I read this entire series as a young teenager. At the time I found them thrilling but disturbing. I still find them so. I've never read anything else V.C. Andrews has done -- I never felt the urge. But with this series, something about it captivated me and I ended up reading them all. I suppose they're marketed for the teenage crowd, but I wouldn't consider them appropriate for an impressionable age group (incest aside, there are are other equally disturbing issues in these books). But for older teens or adults who enjoy very strange and darker type stories, this is for you.
one of the better books in the series. continues from right where 'flowers in the attic' left off and chronicles the dollanger children's journey to find love, family, and normalcy after the scarring events in the attic. often sad and depressing, but fascinating to see the effects that their screwed-up childhood has had on them, particularly in cathy's neverending attempts at looking for love in all the wrong places and never finding it until its too late.
This book follows the story of flowers in the attic. Also try, gardens of shadows if there be thorns and seeds of yesterday. All books in this series of young adults and their journey after trapped in a attic for years by their grandmother and mother.
A must read for anyone interested in what became of the Dollanganger children. I really did enjoy it and couldn't put it down, but the way it was written did not have the same haunting and realistic effect which Flowers in the Attic had. This book seemed a little less planned with thrown-in events, actions, and things which did not make much sense. It sure was a tear-jerker though and I'm glad I read it.
This book was disappointing in some aspects. I enjoyed Flowers in the Attic for its gleefully tawdry nature. Petals on the Wind is of course more of the same, but I found the characters to be less sympathetic. I found myself impatient with the various creative ways they found to ruin their own lives. The female characters in particular are so weak willed and happy to tolerate abuse that I felt far more disgust than empathy.
For Carrie, Chris and Cathy, the attic was a dark horror that would not leave their minds, even while they built bright, promising new lives. Of course, Mother HAD to pretend they didn't exist. And Grandmother was convinced they had the devil in them. But that wasn't their fault. Was it? Cathy knew what to do. She now had the powers she had learned from her beautiful mother. She knew it in the way her brother still yearned for her, in the way her guardian touched her, in the way ALL men looked at her. She knew it was time to put what she knew to the test. To show her mother and grandmother that the pain and terror of the attic could not be forgotten...Show them. Show them -- once and for all.
This is the sequel to Flowers in the Attic, and while decent, it's not as good as the first book. We see what has happened to children after escaping the attic and their struggles in adulthood. Chris struggles with his separation from Cathy, Cathy struggles with relationships in general, and Carrie struggles with her health. Several new characters are introduced.
For Carrie, Chris and Cathy the Attic was a dark horror that would not leave their minds....Of course mother had to pretend they didn't exist. And grandmother was convinced they had the devil in them. But that wasn't their fault. Was it? Cathy knew what to do. She knew it was time to show her mother and grandmother that the pain and terror of the attic could not be forgotten...Show them. Show Them..... Once and for all..........