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“I will probably be clutching Flowers in the Attic in my gnarled hands on my deathbed.” (Gillian Flynn, No. 1 New York Times best-selling author of Sharp Objects)

The twisted, beloved Dollanganger legend began two generations before Corrine Foxworth locked away her children in Flowers in the Attic. The second book in a new prequel story arc, Out of the Attic explores the Dollanganger family saga by traveling back decades to when the clan’s wicked destiny first took root.

Married to the handsome, wealthy Garland Foxworth following a wildfire romance and an unexpected pregnancy, young Corrine Dixon finds her life very different from how she imagined it. Often alone in the mansion of Foxworth Hall, she can practically feel the ancestors’ judgment of her as insufficient - as not a Foxworth. Stern portraits glare at her from the walls, and the servants treat her strangely. Nothing in the vast place is truly hers.

Even her son, Malcolm Foxworth, born in the luxe Swan Room and instantly whisked away to a wet nurse, feels alien to her. With a husband alternately absent and possessively close, Corrine doesn’t yet realize that she’s barely scratched the surface of what lies beneath Foxworth Hall’s dark facade and the family that guards its legacies.

With the 40th anniversary celebration of Flowers in the Attic, and 10 new Lifetime movies in the past five years, there has never been a better time to experience the forbidden world of V.C. Andrews.

©2020 V.C. Andrews (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Worth the listen

I really enjoyed this story, seems the Foxworth name goes even deeper back as if the same story has been on repeat with all the Foxworth men. Looking forward to the next installment coming in June 2020.

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Even expecting the worst...

One can't look to VC Andrews books for historical accuracy, obviously, but whoever is ghostwriting the series right now is phoning it in painfully. It's just so wrong in tone, fact, setting, continually using words and phrases that weren't even extant..... Like, at least try??? Please? We're already reading pure crap, no need to put a face on that, but even a limited working knowledge of society in the 1890s American south would not be a sin. So to speak.

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Out of the Attic was an excellent story

The narrator was extremely fantastic! The story plot was excellent! It lacked a little bit of the mystery, the other stories had. Overall it was very thrilling and kept me wanting more.

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I enjoy the Foxworth series

it was interesting being a fan, but a lot of Corrine. worth reading if you love the series

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disappointing

This is my least favorite book in the series. It is very boring and it lacks the usual VC Andrews dark and twisted plotline. It touches on the attic but never really explains the questions readers have been wondering about the attic. It talks extensively about the swan room but I still have more questions than answers about that, too.

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okay read

loved the back history on foxworth. however i think i would have dragged through reading this.

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V c Andrews

I have been reading these books since I was about 20 that’s more than 30 yrs ago and I still enjoy them

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A stronger sequel and an engaging Gothic Horror

The sequel to the prequel Dollanganger series focuses on the great-grandmother of the Flowers in the Attic saga with more of a Gothic edge. As I stated in my review of "Beneath the Attic", I felt like the hook of the story had only started to appear in the final chapters and "Out of the Attic" enhances that narrative flow. This book definitely had a stronger plot and Corrine had a more distinctive character development that had more of an emotional impact. As a reader, this book introduced more of the claustrophobic tones of Foxworth - which made the story more engaging with its darker themes. I did have some issues with how little Malcom was portrayed, even as a child he had villainous attitudes and yet it was implied he worshipped his mother and adored her. Little moments like that was a bit disappointing, but Neiderman took time to explore why the protagonist lacked a maternal instinct or bond with her son. The narrator for the audiobook also did a great job at performing the narration of this novel and she made it highly enjoyable.