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Beneath the Attic

Dollanganger, Book 9
Narrated by: Dara Rosenberg
Series: Dollanganger, Book 6
Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Long before Garden of Shadows, the prequel to Flowers in the Attic, a young girl named Corrine Dixon met Garland Foxworth, and after a short, passionate rendezvous, the two shared a forbidden and complicated relationship. Now, in this evocative and thrilling tale from New York Times best-selling author V.C. Andrews, discover the fascinating family history of the Dollanganger clan and how they came to be as a result of a fast and passionate seduction.

In 1890, Corrine Dixon meets and is swept away by the charms of rich, sophisticated, and handsome Garland Foxworth. After discovering that she’s pregnant, Garland does what appears to be the honorable thing and marries her in a huge wedding ceremony on the luxurious Foxworth Hall grounds while both families keep her pregnancy a secret.

Now the mistress of the labyrinthine estate, Corrine discovers that nothing is what is seems. Garland is not the man she expected, and she’s uncomfortable with his intense infatuation with his deceased mother’s memory. 

Can she survive this strange new life? Or is her fate already sealed?

Explore the origins of the legendary Dollanganger family in this pause-resisting and gripping Gothic thriller.

©2019 V.C. Andrews (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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First of all when I bought this book I thought it was going to be about the Corrine from the books. Now THAT would have been a story. Literally nothing happens in this one. It's just the story of how Malcom's parents met and got married. That's it. And Corrine's narrative is just annoying. This book had nothing to do with the children in the attic. She never even visits the attic. Only talks about it once. This book was a waste of a credit.

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Predictable

I felt like I'd heard this story before and predicted every turn of events. Disappointing. The Oedipus complex storyline is played out.

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detailed

good book, very detailed... crazy how girls were back then. I also felt kind of like the story ended way too soon but overall great story. Especially if you want to understand the concept that sexuality and girls then compared to now

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  • Ted Ryan
  • 09-06-19

Had potential, but the story started too late.

The new ghostwritten prequel of the Dollanganger saga focuses on the mother of Malcolm Foxworth and the tragic backstory of the first Corrine.
However this book was missing something - the language and dialogue broke the consistency of 18th century Virginia and this stood out as I read further into this novel. Corrine was a character that was supposed to be written out of place and time, but her obnoxious, overtly sexual and naive persona made her difficult to sympathise or like. There were also slight inconsistencies from the original series. The relationship with Corrine and Garland previously written as a loving and compassionate relationship, now is a creepy and inappropriate relationship. Their relationship goes into abusive and non consensual territory, making their relationship much more problematic and yet, it didn’t delve into the psychological and emotional consequences of said abuse throughout most of the plot.
Towards the end, this book seemed to find a narrative flow. The seeds of the conflict started to be planted, but everything before that just felt like filler - even plot points that would’ve caused real conflicts weren’t delved into. Corrine and Garland’s relationship could’ve been interesting if it wasn’t portrayed as romantic through the protagonist’s perspective throughout most of the novel - if Corrine saw it for what it was, the complexity of this flawed engagement would be interesting. Only when Corrine was in Foxworth Hall did the story actually give the storyline that dark edge, but it was nearly the end when that finally happened.

As I listened to the audiobook, Dara Rosenberg gave a strong dramatic reading and really gave the story emotion and character.

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