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I HAD EVERY REASON TO HATE HER, MY FORBIDDEN SISTER. SHE WAS LIKE SOMEONE WHO HAD DIED BUT WOULDN’T STAY BURIED. . . .

Bestselling author V.C. Andrews unlocks an adventure of intrigue and temptation that shatters the innocence of a girl in search of the sister she’s never known.

Emmie Wilcox was only six when her older sister, Roxy, was thrown out of their New York City apartment. Their stern father’s military-style rules left no room for ...

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Overview

I HAD EVERY REASON TO HATE HER, MY FORBIDDEN SISTER. SHE WAS LIKE SOMEONE WHO HAD DIED BUT WOULDN’T STAY BURIED. . . .

Bestselling author V.C. Andrews unlocks an adventure of intrigue and temptation that shatters the innocence of a girl in search of the sister she’s never known.

Emmie Wilcox was only six when her older sister, Roxy, was thrown out of their New York City apartment. Their stern father’s military-style rules left no room for rebellion, and Roxy was continually defiant and rebellious. Emmie, now an outstanding student at a private school, is obedient, respectful, a fille parfaite, as her Parisian-born mother lovingly calls her. Two sisters, total opposites—yet Emmie is secretly obsessed with the mystery and imposed silence surrounding Roxy: What had she finally done to deserve being cast out of her home? Where is she now? Emmie can’t help but wonder if there is a hidden side to her that resembles Roxy’s defiant nature. Sometimes she fantasizes that she is more like Roxy than she appears. Sometimes she wants to be. She wants excitement, and being a good girl all the time is harder than it seems. Finally learning that Roxy is a highly paid escort to wealthy and powerful men, Emmie goes behind her father’s back to track down and spy on the sister she can’t help but be fascinated with, a sister whose influence might run deeper than Emmie ever dreamed.

In a tale twisting with heart-pounding suspense, shocking revelations, and the compelling family drama for which V.C. Andrews is known, Forbidden Sister introduces two new original heroines to capture any reader’s imagination.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This melodramatic first in the 20th series from the V.C. Andrews franchise (the author died in 1986) charts the travails of Emmie Wilcox as she attempts to locate and reconnect with her rebellious older sister, Roxy. When Emmie was six, her father Norton, a conservative New York investment banker, threw defiant 15-year-old Roxy out of the house and did all he could to obliterate every trace of the girl. Five years later, according to Emmie’s French mother, Norton learned that Roxy had become a high-priced call girl known as “Fleur du Coeur.” Emmie, who soon discovers that her “forbidden” sister is living in a nearby Manhattan hotel, endures a series of tragedies, ranging from a friend’s betrayal to her father’s death and her mother’s illness. Hardcore Andrews fans will best appreciate this saga of teenage angst, poverty and riches, bad fortune and good. Agent, Robin Rue, Writers House. (Feb.)
From the Publisher
Narrator Amy Rubinate does an excellent job voicing Emmie's insecure, breathy whispers, her mother's French accent, and Roxy's confident tones. Listeners who enjoy family drama, transparent plots, and teenage angst will enjoy this book. - Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439155066
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 2/26/2013
  • Series: Forbidden Series
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    I have read every one of vc andrews books but this one had absol

    I have read every one of vc andrews books but this one had absolutly no substance.  Maybe if your a 12 or 13 year old.  wasted my time and money.  This is my first review and only writing this one because I was so VERY disappointed.  I don't know who the ghost writer is but whoever it is does not have vc andrews' talent for writing.  I felt like I was reading a Nancy Drew book.  Sorry.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    UGH!

    This was so boring and I feel like they took my money. I have read all of VC Andrews books and never did I feel this way. 267 short pages *thank God* and it sounds like a first grader wrote it describing her sister. Dont waste your money!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    love it

    I love this book. When you read it you just sank yourself into the book and its like your living this life. Love it

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  • Posted May 13, 2013

    ive read all her books i wish they were longer i now she has a g

    ive read all her books i wish they were longer i now she has a ghost writer HEAVEN ,and RUBY,are my favorites well i love all daughter of darkness i thought they pushed the vampire thing but this book was great 5 stars i loved it i wish theyd come out sooner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    Ok

    Just ok

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Decent Read

    I have always enjoyed reading VC Andrews books. This one was a little slow and somewhat predictable, but yet an alright book nonetheless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    Must Read

    I love all VC Andrews books and this one is no exception!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    I LOVED IT CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE TO COME OUT....

    I LOVED IT CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE TO COME OUT....

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  • Posted March 4, 2013

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    FORBIDDEN SISTER by V.C. Andrews is a Women's fiction/contempora

    FORBIDDEN SISTER by V.C. Andrews is a Women's fiction/contemporary women/coming of age story. I read this author's works years ago,but this is my first by the ghost writer. A slow start to me,veers off the plot path several times,and reads more like a teen fiction or coming of age story. With high school drama,stages of puberty,teenage angst,poverty and family secrets. "Forbidden Sister" was a let down to me. I was left with a lot of unanswered questions until the next book. But it does encourage the next book,which is Roxy's story. Received for an honest review from the publisher.

    **Coming in September 2013 "Roxy's Story"**

    RATING: 3

    HEAT RATING: SWEET

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews

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  • Posted February 27, 2013

    Forbidden sister, V. C. Andrews It¿s interesting how this book b

    Forbidden sister, V. C. Andrews
    It’s interesting how this book begins with the younger sister wondering, and longing for a connection to her older sister, whom she hasn't seen since she was seven years old. I find the connection too close to home, my older sister moved out when I was five; she was going to her last year of high school in the US while my dad moved to Germany because of the military. I can understand the desire to share your thoughts, and your life lessons with someone else who would know more then you. I wish I could have had the opportunity to share those growing pains with my sister, but with her so far away it never came true. I find the darkness in the book as a blow to the heart, how will the family survive the loss of the father? How Emmie deals with her father’s death and her mother’s health problems would inspire many children. She learns that she cannot handle everything herself, despite her parents’ good upbringing, she needs someone to rely on. But who could she trust, the family she does not remember in France, or the Aunt and Uncle here who are estranged from the family? This is a dynamic captivating story, of life’s lessons and learning to gain your own footing despite the hardships placed in front of you.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    What's With The Bad Reviews?

    This is the best book by V.C. Andrews in a long time. I loved it. It leaves you with a lot of unanswered questions, but I think they'll be answered in the sequel. And don't go by what the summary says or you'll be confused.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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