Capturing Angels [NOOK Book]

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V.C. Andrews, queen of Gothic fiction for twenty-five years, explores a new genre in her women’s fiction debut—available exclusively as an eBook. A young mother struggles to keep her marriage together in the wake of her daughter’s kidnapping…and to keep hope of her return alive.

Grace is the doting mother of Mary, an angelic five-year-old who charms everyone around her. But in one tragic moment at a local shopping mall, Grace looks down to ...
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Overview

V.C. Andrews, queen of Gothic fiction for twenty-five years, explores a new genre in her women’s fiction debut—available exclusively as an eBook. A young mother struggles to keep her marriage together in the wake of her daughter’s kidnapping…and to keep hope of her return alive.

Grace is the doting mother of Mary, an angelic five-year-old who charms everyone around her. But in one tragic moment at a local shopping mall, Grace looks down to discover that Mary is no longer at her side…and can’t be found anywhere. She and her husband wait by the phone for a ransom demand that never comes. For months Grace believes that Mary is somewhere, alive and safe, waiting to come home to her—but as her family and friends give up hope, Grace’s marriage begins to crumble. Only one detective, Sam Abraham, shares her determination to find Mary…but could his motives be less than altruistic?
As Sam and Mary work together to track Mary’s disappearance, they discover clues that this was more than a random kidnapping—and that Mary may have been special to more than just her mother…
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451689549
  • Publisher: Pocket Star
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 21,396
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

V. C. Andrews
V.C. Andrews® has been a bestselling phenomenon since the publication of Flowers in the Attic, which was followed by four more Dollanganger family novels: Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and Garden of Shadows. Since then, readers have been captivated by more than seventy novels in V.C. Andrews’s bestselling series, which have sold more than 106 million copies and have been translated into more than twenty-five foreign languages.

Biography

"The face of fear I display in my novels is not the pale specter from the sunken grave, nor is it the thing that goes bump in the night," V. C. Andrews once told Douglas E. Winter. "Mine are the deep-seated fears established when we are children, and they never quite go away: the fear of being helpless, the fear of being trapped, the fear of being out of control."

Andrews's novel Flowers in the Attic launched the popular genre sometimes dubbed "children in jeopardy" -- stories about young people abused, lied to, and preyed upon by their evil guardians. The author's own childhood was not nearly so lurid, though it did have an element of tragedy: As a teenager she had a bad fall, which resulted in the development of bone spurs. A botched surgery, combined with arthritis, forced her to use a wheelchair or crutches for the rest of her life.

Andrews lived with her mother and worked as a commercial artist until the 1970s, when she began to write in earnest. Most of her early stories and novels went unpublished (one exception was "I Slept with My Uncle on My Wedding Night," which appeared in a pulp confession magazine). Finally, in 1979, Flowers in the Attic made it into print. The book soared to No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list and was followed by two equally successful sequels, Petals on the Wind and If There Be Thorns. Critics weren't always kind -- a Washington Post reviewer wrote that Flowers in the Attic "may well be the worst book I have ever read" -- but that didn't matter to millions of Andrews's readers, who devoured her gruesome fairy tales as fast as she could pen them.

As E. D. Huntley points out in V. C. Andrews: A Critical Companion, Andrews's novels fit neatly into the "female Gothic" tradition, in which an innocent young woman is trapped in an isolated mansion and persecuted by a villain. Andrews's own contribution was to take some of the themes implicit in early Gothic novels -- incest, sexual jealousy, and obsession -- and make them sensationally explicit in her works.

As most of her fans know by now, V. C. Andrews died in 1986, but new V. C. Andrews books keep popping up on the bestseller lists. That's because the Andrews estate hired a ghost writer, Andrew Neiderman, to continue writing books in the late author's style. Andrews's heirs have been cagey about just how much unfinished work she left behind when she died, but testimony during a 1993 tax case suggested that Andrews had only completed a portion of Garden of Shadows, the eighth book (out of more than 50) published under her name.

Still, even if the vast majority of "V. C. Andrews" books weren't actually written by V. C. Andrews, many of her fans are happy to have her tradition carried on. Neiderman has drawn on Andrews's novels, notebooks, and drawings for inspiration. "Don't make this sound weird," he once said in a Washington Post interview, "but sometimes I do feel possessed." To the original V. C. Andrews, who believed in precognition and reincarnation, it probably wouldn't sound weird at all.

Good To Know

Andrews wrote nine novels before Flowers in the Attic, including a science fantasy titled The Gods of the Green Mountain. Later, when she was a bestselling novelist, she wanted to try her hand at different kinds of fiction, but her publisher discouraged her. "I am supposed to stay in this niche, whatever it is, because there is so much money in it," she told Douglas Winter. "I mean, I have tapped a gold mine and they don't want to let go of it. I don't like that, because I want to branch out."

Though V. C. Andrews went by the name Virginia, her birth name was Cleo Virginia Andrews, not Virginia Cleo Andrews. She had planned to publish her books under the name Virginia Andrews, but her first publisher printed Flowers in the Atticas the work of "V. C. Andrews" in hopes that the gender-neutral name would make the book appealing to male readers.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Cleo Virginia Andrews
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 6, 1923
    2. Place of Birth:
      Portsmouth, Virginia
    1. Date of Death:
      December 19, 1986
    2. Place of Death:
      Virginia Beach, Virginia

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  • Posted August 28, 2012

    Not written by V.C Andrews despite the obvious lie on the cover

    Not written by V.C Andrews despite the obvious lie on the cover of this
    book, VCA has been dead for over 25 years and it is embarrassing to see
    this tripe published under her name. The storyline was predictable, and
    rather heavy-handed with religion, the ghostwriter has several religious
    novels published under his own name. He needs to keep his supernatural
    junk out of VCA books, VCA wrote about family sagas (and wrote them
    well) and now her name has been reduced to this garbage. I would rather
    read a real saga than about some 'special' child with magic healing
    powers who got kidnapped by her nutjob babysitter for some cult.

    14 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    Loved it

    I dont see what the big deal is. Its a great rainy day read, good story, and entertaining. What more do you want? Its a little different than other VC Andrews books, but its still a fun read. Whats wrong with trying something new?

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    Love it!!!

    I have read all of V.C. Andrews' books and this one is awesome like the rest.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Great combination of romance, thriller and some religious themes

    Great combination of romance, thriller and some religious themes...timely.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2012

    Not the Best

    Im sorry but this was a book i had to force myself to finish! There was No peak or high point in the plot and if there was i missed it!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    Capturing angels Capturing angels

    Very drawn out and boring i do not recommend sorry.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    not even out yet

    how am i suposed to write a review on something that is not out yet, i ordered it but wont be available untill 8/7/12

    2 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    Highly recommended

    For anyone who enjoys V.C. Andrews books, this is a must read. It is suspenseful and leaves you wondering right up until the end. I couldn't put it down until I got to the end to find out who did what.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Great Book!!

    I have read a ton of VC Andrews and while this isn't her usual book, its a great book! It doesn't follow the format of any of her other books and it does explore religion and religious fanatics its awesome the way she, ghost writer, weaves this tale! A suspense book at its best!!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    great story! could not stop reading!

    great story! could not stop reading!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2012

    Suspensful

    Great story line, very detailed, romance could have been longer but was really keep within the story lines

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2014

    Yvj Li

    I loved the plot and i lovex the charcter sam abraham

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

    Justin

    *laughs and says*PLAY WITH ME!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2014

    It was ok

    I did not like this book as well as Andrews others. It was a slow read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Willow

    She head butted him playfully and pointed toawrds her clan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    AwesomeDudes

    Fun &#8671 &#8674 &#8769 &#8760 &#8675 &#8907 &#8564 &#8765

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    &delta

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    Leafstar

    "Alright... I believe you. For now." She growled and walked out.

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  • Posted February 14, 2014

    Excellent

    I have to admit this is the first VC Andrews book that I have read in many years. The story line flowed well. Your interest was captured and lasted throughout the book. It makes you wonder just how well you know people and who can you trust. I do not like to give away the whole story but if you like a story with some mystery and have love for a child, you will enjoy this book.

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  • Posted February 14, 2014

    capturing angels

    dull and borng.............

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