Jealousy, tragedy, survival, and revenge - the discovery of Christopher’s diary in the ruins of Foxworth Hall brings new secrets of the Dollanganger family to light and obsesses a new generation. With Flowers in the Attic and Petals on the Wind both now major Lifetime TV events, this first new addition to the Dollanganger story in nearly 30 years is a timely look at the events in the attic - from teenage Christopher’s point of view.
And don’t forget to preorder the follow-up, Christopher’s Diary: Echoes of Dollanganger!
Christopher Dollanganger was 14 when he and his younger siblings - Cathy and the twins, Cory and Carrie - were locked away in the attic of Foxworth Hall, prisoners of their mother’s greedy inheritance scheme. For three long years, he kept hope alive for the sake of the others. But the shocking truth about how their ordeal affected him was always kept hidden - until now.
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Yes, I would completely omit the new story line about the distant third cousin. I get that the author is attempting to foreshadow future books that are being penned, but it is done in such an obvious manner that it makes the brand name of V. C. Andrews feel like a cash cow just milking it's readers.
I also find it ridiculous that this is a TWO part book. There is not nearly enough information in this book to neccessitate dividing into two parts.
Virginia Andrews could not have done anything to make this more enjoyable. But the ghost author, Andrew Neiderman, COULD do some research on how a teenager actually speaks and acts in the year 2014. I have not met a teenager that uses the word "blouse" in a very long time.
Kirby Heyborne's performance was good.
Rebekkah Ross sounded much too old for the character.
ABSOLUTELY not! Let's try to get the Dollanganger's right on screen before, we start trying to add this new character.
I will say again, making this book a TWO part book is the most OBVIOUS attempt at needling money out of readers I believe I have ever seen.
I buy every book by this author and have since back in the 80s! This book it much better than I thought it would be. I thought it would probably be boring as it was a diary and most diaries are, however I was pleasantly surprised. This is an actual novel. I love how there were two narrators. The female narrator, Rebekkah Ross, read the 1st person parts and Kirby Heybone read the parts of Christopher's diary.
This turned out to be an actual novel! Kristen Masterwood' is a cousin of the Foxworths. Kristen's dad is contracted to tear down the old Foxworth Hall (after 2 fires) and clean the grounds up to sell the land off. It is here where Kristen's dad discovers an old box and let's Kristnen open it. This is where Kristen discovers and old book which turned out to be a diary written by Christopher Dollanganger back in the attic days.
Until now, the town has only had rumors as to what happened so any years ago. Now through Kristen's eyes we venture into the past and hear the truth according to Christopher. Kristen is consumed by this diary and the rest you have to read to find out what else is learned...
I did enjoy this book. The author VC Andrews, did a great job writing it in my opinion. As always, I wasn't disappointed. The way the book was written, I sat down and listened to this story all in one day! Both of the narrators did a great job reading & delivering this story to us with all their voices. I found this book to be very entertaining!
By the way... VC Andrews was the 1st authors book I read after turning 18 and being on my own. Flowers in the attic was so good, it made me a VC Andrews fan for life!
I'd like to hear more of what Christopher went through
It ended lacking
They couldn't detract from something that wasn't there.
Yes, because it gave us nothing it was a waste of money, really disappointed in that book. I wish I had saved my money.
This was the first of her books that I felt this way about.
I am not one to give reviews, much less bad reviews, but I feel ripped off, the half of the story is what we knew, no secrets revealed, the other half is about a teenager in the present time that expresses her self as my great grandma would, but the worst part is that NOTHING HAPPENS!! Just ramblings about a rich boyfriend, and some other nonsense. I loved VC Andrews because her books were filled with outrageous and unexpected twists and turns ...absolutely nothing happends . I have to literally force myself to finish listening to this nonsense / the performances the girl was upbeat and entertaining the Chrispher voice put me to sleep Every time. Sorry really bad overall
I was a little disappointed because it was pretty much the same story Cathy told. It really doesn't reveal anything new about what was already told. Don't get me wrong V.C Andrews is still and will always be my favorite author. Overall it was a good story. I had trouble finishing it because there were no new secrets to learn. The performance was good.
I was promised a new perspective on a beloved story. Instead I got this. It was a rehashing of what was already known as also told by a new character, that quite frankly, I didn't really care about. So she was a distant relative, so what. I was hoping for so much more than this delivered.
Disappointment. This book could have been so much more.
Total waste of time.
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I was not expecting this to be a good solid book to “sink my teeth into”, I was expecting something along the lines of a fluffy beach read…. Imagine how bad a book has to be to not even hit that low benchmark!
I liked the Flowers in the Attic series when I first read it in high school; I was completely absorbed by the tale. I re-read the books a few years ago to see what I’d think as an adult and they barely rated above a “meh”. STILL, I was curious about this book. Curiosity killed the cat! It’s bad.
The idea that Chris had a diary all these years is just too convenient and opportune – it was a stretch to suspend my disbelief and just go with it. The secondary storyline of Kristin discovering the diary and becoming completely obsessed was insane. I won’t bother to go into any more detail because everything I have to say is a grumble.
I think part of the reason I had such a hard time with this book is because it was written for a young adult audience and I generally don’t like the YA genre. Frankly, I found this book so simplistically written that if I was a Young Adult I’d be insulted! It was SOOOOOOOOOOO dumbed-down. Every thought and every emotion is explained and dissected over and over and over with needless and endless questions. SO MANY QUESTIONS!!! It was absurd! Every time Kristin reads a few passages from the diary, we have to sit through her driveling inner dialogue of what she thought, felt, wondered, pondered, conjured, wished…
My biggest complaint is that the book not complete!!! All that work trudging through muck for nothing!! This is not Book 1 of a series, this is the first few chapter of a book that ends before the reader can understand what the point of reading it was at all!
(you know I’ll read Book 2 if it comes on sale)
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