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11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Author V.C. Andrews died in 1986 with only seven novels to her c

Author V.C. Andrews died in 1986 with only seven novels to her credit. Since her death several manuscripts have been uncovered and finished giving this author more notoriety in death than she experienced in life. The latest book from V.C. Andrews, The Unwelcomed Child u...
Author V.C. Andrews died in 1986 with only seven novels to her credit. Since her death several manuscripts have been uncovered and finished giving this author more notoriety in death than she experienced in life. The latest book from V.C. Andrews, The Unwelcomed Child uses Andrews' tried and true pattern of children with parental issues as a theme. Readers will find this psychological horror story hard to put down. With everything from young love to suppression and religious domination, this book packs a punch as most of Andrews' work does. An intriguing new addition to the V.C. Andrews collection.

What I liked:

I was a fan and read V.C. Andrew's book, Flowers in the Attic when I was a young girl. It was the kind of book that gave you an eerie feeling but you still couldn't seem to put it down. The Unwelcomed Child is much like that in the sense that it will definitely give readers the heebie-geebies. The horror element in this book is just in thinking that this could really happen. The conditions that this child lived in were hardly normal. With super religious grandparents who believed Elle was essentially the spawn of Satan there is ring of truth in to it that is disconcerting as you read it. Psychological horror at it's best!

Andrew's had a way with writing about the human condition that would make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. I often wonder if she had some traumatic experiences in her own childhood that made her write the way she did. She had some kin of affinity with these characters that was unexplained. Elle is such an interesting protagonist. She is a young girl that has basically been taught that she is evil, yet she is becoming a young girl experiencing love for the first time and wondering what makes her so bad. 

Andrew's keeps you wondering through most of the book which direction she will take Elle. Will she prove that Elle truly was the daughter of Satan or will she show that she was just a young girl who was falsely accused even before her birth. I loved the fact that Andrews continued to write stories about children in circumstances beyond their control. This was a real niche for her and it worked again with this book.

I have to wonder though if perhaps this manuscript was a pre-cursor to Flowers in the Attic or in fact written after it's success. I find it interesting that she stayed with the theme she was famous for and didn't branch out at all. I think it amazing how someone else could have taken her work and re-worked it and changed it and still retained the essence of her writing. 

What I didn't like:

There is of course some repetition in this book, because it bears some resemblance to the Flowers in the Attic books. But really the only thing that is eerily similar is the fact that Andrews was writing about children with parental issues. In this case Elle's grandparents are keeping her conditioned against letting her evil get out. I loved this book in spite of the fact that there are similarities. It was still very good.

Bottom Line:

If you've read any of this writer's other work, you certainly won't want to miss this one. It's an excellent psychological horror novel. It is true to V.C. Andrews writing style and voice and has enough horror in it to make you not want to read it after dark. Fantastic new book!

posted by Justpeachy1 on January 21, 2014

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Extremely boring, it took everything in me to keep reading this

Extremely boring, it took everything in me to keep reading this book to the end. I kept waiting for something to happen (there was an attempt to build up tension) and then nothing, everything is resolved slowly, quietly, and everyone acts like nothing else has ever happ...
Extremely boring, it took everything in me to keep reading this book to the end. I kept waiting for something to happen (there was an attempt to build up tension) and then nothing, everything is resolved slowly, quietly, and everyone acts like nothing else has ever happened. 

posted by 8238290 on April 11, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    Extremely boring, it took everything in me to keep reading this

    Extremely boring, it took everything in me to keep reading this book to the end. I kept waiting for something to happen (there was an attempt to build up tension) and then nothing, everything is resolved slowly, quietly, and everyone acts like nothing else has ever happened. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    yawn, all the way thru the book i would not recommend this book

    yawn, all the way thru the book i would not recommend this book unless your having trouble sleeping , because that is what it will do put you to sleep , this book was so boring .  i

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