Secrets in the Attic (V. C. Andrews' Secrets Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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From the imagination behind Flowers in the Attic comes a sensational new novel that spins a seductive web between fantasies and lies -- and uncovers the price for ...
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Secrets in the Attic (V. C. Andrews' Secrets Series #1)

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Overview

From the imagination behind Flowers in the Attic comes a sensational new novel that spins a seductive web between fantasies and lies -- and uncovers the price for keeping

Secrets in the Attic

Two Friends As Close As Sisters.

One Killer Secret That

Will Tear Their Small Town Apart.

In the dust and shadows of the attic, they shared everything -- fanciful stories, high school crushes, plans for the future, dreams to travel the world. For Karen, the attic is her escape from the reality of her stepfather's unwanted attention. Together in the eaves of a house with its own murderous history, the best friends concoct a scheme that will put Karen's stepfather in his place. It wasn't supposed to turn deadly. But in the attic Karen shares one more secret with her best friend -- a secret to take to the grave....
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416554233
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 9/25/2007
  • Series: V. C. Andrews' Secrets Series , #1
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 62,016
  • File size: 340 KB

Meet the Author

V. C. Andrews
One of the most popular authors of all time, V.C. Andrews has been a bestselling phenomenon since the publication of the spellbinding classic Flowers in the Attic. That blockbuster novel began the renowned Dollanganger family saga, which includes 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 nearly twenty bestselling series. V.C. Andrews’s novels have sold more than 106 million copies and have been translated into twenty-two 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 June 6, 2011

    Highly recommended!

    Secrets in The Attic is a very good book. It's easy reading. I had a hard time putting it down. Well written. I plan to read it again.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2010

    It's so good

    this is probably her best work :)

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2010

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    GOOD BOOK!!!!!

    I really liked this book and the characters in it. It kept me hooked from beginning to end. I liked the decade it was set in and the plot. I'm a huge fan of V.C. Andrews(and yes I know she's been dead forever and is still popping out books lol) I'm not sure of the real authors name but whoever wrote this book I just want you to know I really liked it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2008

    terrible.

    maybe it's because i'm so young, [fourteen], but this book was SO slow and i just wanted it to be over- so i flipped to the back of the book and read that instead of beginning to end. ha. i do not recommend it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2008

    great

    i love this book and any other written by vc andrews. my mom got me into reading these books when i was younger and have loved them ever since. i can't put any of them down and this was just another great one.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2008

    Great Read!

    I absolutely loved this book! I read it over a weekend...it was hard to put down. I love V.C. Andrews though...a fantastic author!! I recommend this and every book by her to everyone!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    I loved this book from the very beginning to end. I would recomm

    I loved this book from the very beginning to end. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes V.C. Andrews or to someone who has never read her books and who is looking for a new author to love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    Yuck

    Yuck

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Bad!

    This is a horible book. I do not recomend it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

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    Highly Recommended

    Excellent Read! Typical V.C Andrews! I loved it!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2008

    great

    This is a really good book. Despite that it's not actually 'VC Andrew's' work I liked it. I know if she was still alive today she would have done an even better job at it, but the person who took over her name and started writing her books did just as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2008

    A great comeback

    I feel like lately some of VC Andrews' books have just droned on, same plot line, same characters just different names and places. This book changed my mind--I feel like I'm reading Flowers in the Attic but with a more modern twist to it. It reminded me how dark and dramtizing the books can be all over again. Definitely recommend to anyone who might have lost a little faith over the last few series. Can't wait for Secrets in the Shadows!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2008

    Another GREAT VC Andrews book

    I have read every VC Andrews book and this was one just great---great story and I was glued to this book. I would reccomend this book as well as ALL the previous works of VC Andrews--every single book is worth reading.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

    Great Book!

    This was the first books I have read of V.C. Andrews and it is one of the best books I have read yet. I am looking forward to getting some of her older stuff but by the looks of alot of the reviews of the other books they aren't as great but I truley loved this one! It kept me interested the whole way through!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2007

    A reviewer

    I was blown out the water by this book. Its a tale of two girlfriends living in a small community and one them has a horrible secret. Before things get better they seem to get worse until it leads to murder. For the passed few years the VC Andrews books have been on a decline when it comes to quality, but this book has brought it out of its slump.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2007

    Authentic and Heartfelt

    In Secrets in the Attic, V.C. Andrews creates a fascinating portrait of two teenage girls that reminds me of The World of Henry Orient. The girls are different and yet tied spiritually to each other. The setting, the eerie house and its attic, and especially the surprises all are woven together by a master storyteller. I was glued to the pages and emotionally involved with both characters. There is a true to life feel to this novel and yet its story carries you off into your own imagination. I can see this as a movie, but I can't wait for the sequel.

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