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From the author of Flowers in the Attic comes Book Three of the internationally bestselling Dollanganger family saga. The family was now living as far as possible from the haunting scenes of their past, and, in the sunshine and joy of their new life, with the children and their shared love, they tried to forget the anguish of their loveless inheritance. But the hidden secrets of the past rose up to trouble them. Their parents' dark heritage began to haunt them once more. The rage and hatred they felt returned to torment and twist the new generation. Only if they could forgive their mother and forgo their final revenge could they at last find the peace they so desperately sought. --このテキストは、絶版本またはこのタイトルには設定されていない版型に関連付けられています。
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There were, in my opinion, an unacceptable amount of obvious grammatical errors including but not limited to using the word "it's" rather than "its", repeating words twice in a row by accident, and using the wrong word completely.
Could have just been V.C.Andrews trying to dramatise Bart's character as being crazy but he acted very unrealistically as a ten-year-old even in the beginning and by the end he was a complete sociopath who needed to be put in a mental hospital for his own good.
Cathy and Chris let way too many behaviors go ignored that should have been punished and while I know parents make mistakes and Bart want easy to punish with his nerve issues, they should have found better ways to punish him that didn't involve spanking and actually made sure to follow through with them.
I found them letting Bart get away with even attempting to push them around at the end of the book disturbing and repulsive.
The only portion of the book I really found enjoyable was Jory's telling if things.
If I was the one writing a third book for the series I would have focused on a lot of the same things but executed then much differently. Maybe V.C. just had a fantastical view of what needed to happen but to have Corrine move in next to them, focus on Jory and melodie, Bart having social and emotional issues not including brainwashing and sociopathy, and then have Cathy and Chris's secret revealed and focus on the drama that created would have been enough, I think. Those four things would have made a very enjoyable and hefty novel with more realism that would have been much more enjoyable to the audience she aquired who no doubt had fallen in love with the characters and wanted closure in knowing how their story concluded. And I haven't read the fourth book yet but I feel this *is* where it should have concluded. Leave people wanting more, not less.
The last disappointment I had with this book was that it was from the perspective of the children. While I think it was a choice meant to bring to light a new view on things, and it did, I feel like I speak for a lot of readers when I say I wanted to know more about Cathy and Chris, to be perfectly honest. I would have loved to read from Chris's perspective. I know there is a recent book that is the diary of Christopher but while it has V.C.Andrews on the cover it is not written by her and that makes it feel less authentic. As a writer I know what it is like to have a world in my head and have a picture of everyone in it and know more about what those dear characters feel than anyone else ever could and even if the books written by Andrew Neiderman are enjoyable, I won't be able to enjoy the work of a ghost writer as much as if I knew it was work born directly of that world V.C. had built in her head.
One more thing that bothers me in this series is the idea that every man is some kind of animal with no control over their instincts or desires but that may be a product of V.C.'s views on men or maybe a product of the time period; I can't be sure.
All in all I've rated three stars as the book was enjoyable and entertaining but not nearly what I had hoped it would be and it was missing a great deal of the charm and likeability of the first two books in the series.
(Please forgive any errors in my review as I'm writing it from my phone and use swipe to type. I would have read over it but the review box is hard to navigate.)
However, once I got used to the feel of the writing, I love this book as much as the first two. This one takes you to places you never thought the Dollagangers would go. You get to see how the sins of the mother are paid for by both the children and the grandchildren, and you even get to see glimpses of the Mother in Cathy in this book.