Flowers in the Attic / Virginia Andrews

flowers in the attic


The haunting young adult gothic romance classic that launched Virginia Andrews’ incredible best-selling career. Up in the attic, four secrets are hidden. Four blonde, beautiful, innocent little secrets, struggling to stay alive…Chris, Cathy, Cory and Carrie have perfect lives – until a tragic accident changes everything. Now they must wait, hidden from view in their grandparents’ attic, as their mother tries to figure out what to do next. But as days turn into weeks and weeks into months, the siblings endure unspeakable horrors and face the terrifying realisation that they might not be let out of the attic after all. Virginia Andrews is a publishing phenomenon, with over 100 million books in print. Still as terrifying now as it was when it first appeared, Flowers in the Attic is a gripping story of a family’s greed, betrayal and heartbreak.

What I Liked

The writing style was gorgeous. At first, I found the long chapters really difficult to read and all the advanced language but by the end of the book it made perfect sense that it was written like this because it really worked better that way. The relationship between Cathy and Chris was just…morbidly beautiful. It was just gorgeous how Virginia managed to show how these young kids managed to survive in an attic through the grief of their parental loss, and their other parent turning against them. The only affection they recieved was from each other. The connections that grew between them was just…profoundly gorgeous.

What I Didn’t Like

It got really descriptive in parts, and it made it even more difficult for me to read when you teamed this up with the long chapters and the advanced language. The first half of the book was much slower than the second half. It also contained quite a lot of problematic things, like the use of the R word (being an autistic, I’m obviously never happy when I heard that word)


I gave it a three out of five stars. I really, highly enjoyed it but it just…felt like a three star rating. For me, three stars doesn’t neccessarily mean it’s a bad book because it’s still one of my favourites. That’s just the rating that fits.



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