December 05, 2014

#Review of Christopher's Diary: Secrets of Foxworth (Dollanganger #5) by V.C. Andrews

Jealousy, tragedy, survival, and revenge—the discovery of Christopher’s diary in the ruins of Foxworth Hall brings new secrets of the Dollanganger family to light and obsesses a new generation. With Flowers in the Attic and Petals on the Wind both now major Lifetime TV events, this first new addition to the Dollanganger story in nearly thirty years is a timely look at the events in the attic—from teenage Christopher’s point of view.

And don’t forget to preorder the follow-up, Christopher’s Diary: Echoes of Dollanganger!

Christopher Dollanganger was fourteen when he and his younger siblings—Cathy and the twins, Cory and Carrie—were locked away in the attic of Foxworth Hall, prisoners of their mother’s greedy inheritance scheme. For three long years he kept hope alive for the sake of the others. But the shocking truth about how their ordeal affected him was always kept hidden—until now.

Seventeen-year-old Kristin Masterwood is thrilled when her father’s construction company is hired to inspect the Foxworth property for a prospective buyer. The once grand Southern mansion still sparks legends and half-truths about the four innocent Dollanganger children, even all these decades later. Foxworth holds a special fascination for Kristin, who was too young when her mother died to learn much about her distant blood tie to the notorious family.

Accompanying her dad to the “forbidden territory,” they find a leather-bound book, its yellowed pages filled with the neat script of Christopher Dollanganger himself. Her father grows increasingly uneasy about her reading it, but as she devours the teen’s story page by page, his shattering account of temptation, heartache, courage, and betrayal overtakes Kristin’s every thought. And soon her obsession with the doomed boy crosses a dangerous line…
 About the Author

Books published under the following names - Virginia Andrews, V. Andrews, Virginia C. Andrews & V.C. Endrius. Books since her death ghost written by Andrew Neiderman, but still attributed to the V.C. Andrews name

Virginia Cleo Andrews (born Cleo Virginia Andrews) was born June 6, 1923 in Portsmouth, Virginia. The youngest child and the only daughter of William Henry Andrews, a career navy man who opened a tool-and-die business after retirement, and Lillian Lilnora Parker Andrews, a telephone operator. She spent her happy childhood years in Portsmouth, Virginia, living briefly in Rochester, New York. The Andrews family returned to Portsmouth while Virginia was in high school.

So I was all hyped up to get to read this. Then find out that this is NOT from Christopher's POV.  It is his diary that a girl finds in Foxworth Hall. This really started out feeling like a revisit to FITA.  But the girl Kristin who found his diary has issues of her own. She doesn't know anything about what occurred in this house so finding the diary shows her both what it was like to live in the house.

Well this one for fans is going to fall a little flat. You don't learn anything new and it really just felt like they were trying to make more money off of the org. series.  However, the last part of the book pulled it together enough that I kinda hope that there is another movie coming out that will reach the story of Kristin.

So if you are a die hard fan of this series you could take a look at this one and just kinda skim the parts you already know. Then dive into the last sections to get a pretty good story.

So this one is a take it or leave it.

Go Into This One Knowing 
water down revisit of FITA plus a new story

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  Disclaimer: Thanks to Goodreads and Amazon for the book cover, about the book, and author information.


Thais Pampado said...

I didn't know this series, so I guess I would have to read the first 4 books to understand this one.

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