The four Dollanganger children had such perfect lives -- a beautiful mother, a doting father, a lovely home. Then Daddy was killed in a car accident, and Momma could no longer support the family. So she began writing letters to her parents, her millionaire parents, whom the children had never heard of before.
Momma tells the children all about their rich grandparents, and how Chris and Cathy and the twins will live like princes and princesses in their grandparents' fancy mansion. The children are only too delighted by the prospect. But there are a few things that Momma hasn't told them.
She hasn't told them that their grandmother considers them "devil's spawn" who should never have been born. She hasn't told them that she has to hide them from their grandfather if she wants to inherit his fortune. She hasn't told them that they are to be locked away in an abandoned wing of the house with only the dark, airless attic to play in. But, Momma promises, it's only for a few days....
Then the days stretch into months, and the months into years. Desperately isolated, terrified of their grandmother, and increasingly convinced that their mother no longer cares about them, Chris and Cathy become all things to the twins and to each other. They cling to their love as their only hope, their only strength -- a love that is almost stronger than death.
Yes, this book is old, but I still wanted to read it. While the language is very dated, the story is still engaging and disturbing. It seems like V.C. Andrews took every horrible thing that happens within families, multiplied it by ten, and applied it to the Dollangangers.
So many times I wanted to climb into the pages and slap the mother. The reasoning behind her actions was so weak, and Cathy and Chris saw this and yet they still continued to believe her as months and years passed. I wanted them to grab the twins and make a break for it, before things got worse. But of course, they were too late.
By golly (LoL), those last 20 pages were insane! I can definitely see why this book inspired such a huge ruckus when it was published. However, the incest wasn't as shocking as it was made out to be, or maybe it's just me. I'll definitely be reading the rest of the series to find out what other drama the Dollanganger kids get up to.