REVIEW: Petals on the Wind (Dollanganger #2) by V.C. Andrews

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars, Genre: Fiction, Pages: 439, Level: Easy

Book Description from Goodreads:

“They were such brave children to withstand such suffering. Such clever children to escape such terror!

For Carrie, Chris and Cathy, the attic was a dark horror that would not leave their minds, even while they built bright, promising new lives. Of course mother had to pretend they didn’t exist.

And Grandmother was convinced they had the devil in them.

But that wasn’t their fault. Was it? Cathy knew what to do.

She now had the powers she had learned from her beautiful mother. She knew it in the way her brother still yearned for her, in the way her guardian touched her, in the way all men looked at her.

She knew it was time to put what she knew to the test. To show her mother and grandmother that the pain and terror of the attic could not be forgotten… Show them.

Show them- once and for all.”

Petals on the Wind is the second in the Dollanganger series that begins with Flowers in the Attic- in my opinion, practically a cult classic. Chris, Cathy and Carrie escape the grandmother’s house, but unlike the movie, the mother, Corrine, lives. The children are lucky enough to find a kind doctor who takes them in and petitions for and is granted legal guardianship. Chris’ dream of becoming a doctor and Cathy’s dream of becoming a professional ballerina are well on their way, but Cathy cannot let go of her obsession of making her mother pay for the horrible things she did to the children.

Petals on the Wind is where the sex becomes more frequent. Cathy has several sexual partners and the attraction between her and her brother Chris continues. Also, be prepared for under-aged… petting shall we say.

I can completely understand why many would shy away from this book due to the fact that Cathy is still below the legal age of consent in part of this book. However, I found it fascinating because Petals in the Wind tells the story of what happened afterwards. The reader gets to see what enduring affects Corrine’s actions had upon the children and those they encounter. And the growing resemblance in looks and personality between Cathy and Corrine is just tragic.

At over 400 pages, it was still a quick read and I do recommend the first two books in the series.

Reviewed by Christina
July 9, 2013

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