Book Review For Flowers In The Attic

Author – Virginia Andrews

Book Review For Flowers In The Attic.

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 grandparent’s attic, as their mother tries to figure out what to do next. But as days turn into weeks and weeks turn into months, the siblings endure unspeakable horrors and face terrifying realizations 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.


I gave this 5 stars

My Thoughts

Virginia Andrews has a beautiful way of writing, keeps us reading from one line to the next until you realize the whole 422 words are done and you’re ready for the next book like right away. I really liked that this book had difficult issues because it opens peoples eyes up to what can happen when children are locked up away from the world for years. Do not underestimate what little contact with the outside world can do for your mental and physical health. I just kept thinking about the hot summer we’ve just had, and how awful it would have been to be locked up away from that.

This book really shows what greed and selfish parents can do to their children’s mental health, and also physical health. It’s heartbreaking but yet it shows us that no matter how difficult we feel our lives are, we are so lucky for the little normal things we have.

Why I Enjoyed This Read

I really did love this book, honestly couldn’t put it down from the beginning to the very end, I was so gripped. I loved the children and my heart broke with them, every word I read, I feel the pain they feel being trapped in that attic, feeling unworthy and unloved.

Something tells me that this book should make me feel wrong and that the story behind it is a little sick but I don’t feel that way at all.  I think its so tragic how these two young adults had to grow up with no other human contact but each other, and they had to deal with all these changes and feelings, inside the four walls of the dark, dingy attic, everything 10 times more difficult for them.

Who Would Enjoy This Read

All young adults, or adults who love a gripping story with meaning and depth behind it. Virginia Andrews is an international best-seller so you won’t be disappointed.

Overall Thoughts

If I have ever hated characters in a book, this book wins for that category, I hate the mother and grandmother more than words can explain. HOW could you claim to be a loving mother and then go and do this to your 4 beautiful children. It makes me sick more than the actual ‘disturbing’ part of this story should. Do you think what happens between Cathy and Chris is disturbing? No, what the mother does to them is DISTURBING.

This book left me stunned, and it made a lasting impression on my mind, days after I finished reading. I didn’t waste a second before I jumped into the second book, I have to know what happens with the children next, where do they go from here?

Readers thoughts on this…

“Beautifully written, macabre and thoroughly nasty.” – Daily Express.

This creep fest was absolutely riveting.”


  • Chris

    I remember reading this Virginia Andrews novel when I borrowed it off my mum, on holiday in Saudi Arabia of all places! 

    She explained to me what the book was about and I felt like I needed to find out more – I was a young teenager at the time. I also remember watching the mini series on it in the 80’s, not long after I’d read the book. It’s a great story (and the sequels are good as well!). 

  • Shobhana

    Interesting! I’m someone who loves reading books, especially books with a deep meaning, it keeps me eager, engrossed and at times leaves me in tears. This book definitely looks interesting from the short summary, which I like since it creates suspense & people have a tendency to know things that are a secret. Great work!

  • Liz

    Hi was this a short story? How did  they get the whole story into 422 words…or did I misunderstand?  It looks like it would be one book you don’t want to put down1 We hear of horrible stories of these types of parents from time to time….was this based around a true story?

    Also…do you know of any modern Sherlock Holmes type books?

  • Kehinde Segun

    A flower in the antic. I am sure i haven’t come across it or hear anything about it. It’s simply touching according to the synopsis i just read. Like Virginia Andrews, they are lots of  great author that  will keep you line to  line, page to page in their books and you’ll still want more or being put in suspense of thinking their book will have second part. One of the reason i don’t like reading love books is all because of the heartbreak I am going to suffer after reading the books

  • Tsquare

    Nice literature review. I like to read book natives that has to do with parenting and mentoring. Its either the parents mentored their children in the right or wrong way. This your brief critics will go along way to encourage anyone to know what exactly the parents of the girls did to their children. As reading culture and reading for education and entertainment  reasons are going into oblivion in our society I believe the natural book lover including will go for this book and will come back for my organic feedback.

  • Seun Afotanju

    Until today , I hadn’t read the series in more than 15 years. But I decided to read FITA again to reacquaint myself with the Dollangangers and their antics before I watch the movie this weekend. And it horrified me, but in a much different way than it did the first time around. Thanks for the flashback. 

  • Autofreak

    Your review has whet my appetite, I am a staunch book lover, I barely read novels but I will give this a try. I would love to read about why she locked them up, something must have inspired that.How did this incidence change life direction of these children, I am sure that at least one of them will overcome this traumatic experience. I may be wrong tho, until I read this book.

  • Gracen

    Hi Admin! Reading the first paragraph of your review on Flowers in the Attic, I was held spellbound. I couldn’t imagine the horror and difficulties those kids passed through. When it comes to novels, I am an avid reader. The opening paragraph is very much interesting. I will definitely get the novel to read. I have not really come across this novel before, thanks for giving me the opportunity of knowing that a novel of this nature is available.

  • Clement

    Thank you very much for this review and a quick summary of this book(Flowers in the attic) I feel really emotional reading this right now. I just hope that this beautiful children finally find a way out of the dreaded attic. I have never seen a mother betray the motherly affection for kids. 

  • zuchii

    From your book review, Flowers in the attic seems like a good read to me. I like writers who are fascinating and capable of keeping their readers glued by their storyline and choice of vocabulary. When i read I’m on the lookout for books capable of broadening my horizon and view about life in general , I hope to achieve this by reading flowers in the attic, It’s going to be my next read.Thanks.

  • mzakapon

    Hi Virginia Andrews,

    I have found another of choice. I love reading books which is romantic, horror and friction mixed struggle story. I believe this book will also give me those feelings together. One of my best friend also loves thrilling story. I am going to share this book with him. I am going to bookmark your site in my favorite section for my future use. Thanks for sharing. 

  • Zara

    I haven’t read Flowers In The Attic yet but from your book review, I am eager to get my hands on the book. I love to read and I am constantly looking to fine new books to add to my reading list especially if the book has a deep message and meaning plus being able to learn something new from it.

    Great literature review, keep up the good work and all the best. 

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