[REVIEW] Secrets in the Attic – V. C. Andrews

V. C. Andrews [also published as Virginia Andrews]
Secrets in the Attic (Secrets, Book 1)
Simon & Schuster Pocket Star (US & CA: 25th September 2007; AU: December 2007; UK: 7th January 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

See, this is much better. Fresh, but still with the well-known tropes. Murder and fugitive-harbouring mix with abusive men and manipulative women. And Karen Stoker is manipulative to the max! Which are exaggerations, and which are outright lies? Virgin-shaming, guilt-tripping…Karen does it all, and the Stein siblings are total doormats on which she treads. Surprising that Zipporah and Jesse aren’t charged with anything, and Karen seems to have gone straight to a mental care facility rather than a prison. But I just don’t understand why the Stein parents would adopt Karen’s child. Yes, Jesse’s the father, but shouldn’t he take responsibility for being led by his wang rather than his brain? Shouldn’t he suffer consequences? There’s a sequel, and I’m guessing that’s from Karen’s child’s perspective…

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