If There Be Thorns (Dollanganger #3)
Then the lights came on in the house next door. Soon the Old Lady in Black was there, watching them, guarded by her strange old butler. Soon she had Bart over for cookies and ice cream and asked him to call her "G...more
Virginia Andrews ma coś w stylu pisania, coś takiego, że ciarki mnie aż przechodzą.
Nie wszystkie kwiaty to róże. A nawet jeżeli, to niektóre potrafią mocno ukuć. Dzieci również potrafią być okrutne, rozmy...more
It explored the subject of childhood sociopathy, and has an overall darker tone than the previous...more
Andrews created a very distinct characters, their traits and flaws are actually wyjaskrawione to the limit. Central point of the story is to keep Bart, who day by day is getting out of control. Inability to cope with emotions and know that you possess, can cause tragedies. Certain events, which I do not want there to write about mental disability...more
“If there be Thorns”
If There Be Thorns is the next book in the series. This book is told by Cathy’s two sons, Jory and Bart. Jory is Julian the ballet dancer’s son and Bart is Bart Winslow’s son. Julian can dance and seems to get more attention from everyone according to Bart. Cathy and Chris live as husband and wife everyone thinks that Chris is Paul’s younger brother. Cathy still wanted more children, but she knew she couldn’t with Chris so she decides to adopt. C...more
The other theme of this novel is how family secrets will surface no matter to what lengths people go to hide...more
(view spoiler)[At the end of Petals on the Wind, Cathy was struggling with 2 small children and a dying (second) husband. Paul's dying wish was that she give in to Chris and allow him to provide for her as a husband would. So SHE DOES!
If There Be Thorns starts up 9 years later, with Chris and Cathy living as husband and wife (ew) in Northern California. For some reason, I keep wanting to say they live in New Mexico, even though I know that isn't right....more
The main drawback for me is the shift in narration, because even though Cathy was often over-the-top, her son Bart is irritating and dreary, and it was really being inside his he...more
All I can say is you won't even know what hit you until it hits you in the face. Jory is Cathy's first son from her first marriage to Julian...and Bart is her second child from her mothers new husband. Jory isn't the problem...it's Bart. He has always wanted his mother all to himself...he has always wanted her to pay him more attention. But she's so busy that he turns to the new lady next door who tells him to call her "grandmother". By giving Bart all he w...more
This book was nowhere near as consuming as the first two. The writing is about the same - bad, but at least not abysmal, and is easy to read. But none of the characters were compelling; I tried and tried to like Bart, since he's the only character that ha...more
I don’t remember my mother ever having a problem with me reading these books, in fact, I’m sure she must have purchased them for me. As long as I was reading, she was fine with it. I don’t however remember them being quite as scandalous...more
My main problem with the book is not so much the storyline, but the fact that the story is told from the perspectives of fourteen-year-old Jory (Cathy's son with Julian) and nine year-old Bart (Cathy's son with Bart Winslow). While it's easy to sympathize with Jory - - his confusion over finding out his parents' true identities and the true character of his biological father...more
As the story continues, we find Chris and Cathy living in California with Cathy’s sons, Jory (14) and Bart (10) as a happy family. Chris is a doctor, Cathy is a ballet instructor, Jory is a dancer, and Bart is a clumsy, imaginative lad. They live next door to an old abandoned mansion, separated by a large wall. The boys have made this “their” playhouse. That is, until one summer day th...more
As twisted and wrong as Cathy and Chris's relationship is, you just can't help rooting for them. You jus...more
Do jejich života však vstoupí tajemná žena, která neustále nosí černé šaty a tvář...more
What. the. hell.
You realize just how crazy a book is when you're explaining the plot to someone who will never read it and they're just staring at you, open-mouthed. (Now my boyfriend thinks I read these weird things and hopes that I'm sane)
I am surprised with the direction that Andrews took in this, because in the last one, I foresaw Jory as the one with issues (much like his father). But no, Jory is a beautiful, pr...more
The main thing is to keep up with the plot twists. There's so much going on at once it's hard to remember it all. You also have to keep in mind what has happen...more
Well, you guessed it, everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. Cathy's son Bart turns into a super-freak, Grandma escapes the nuthouse and moves in next door, and about four different people threaten to spill their secret to the world. Factor in the mul...more
Having said that, the book is not too bad. It focuses now on Cathy's children, Jory and Bart, from t...more
Then the lights came on in the house next door. Soon the Old Lady in Black was there, watching them, guarded by her strange old butler. Soon she had Bart over for cookies and ice cream and asked him to call her "Grandmother".
And soon Bart's transformation began...
Fed by the hint of terrible things about his mother and father...leading...more
But I have never read a book so disturbing and so entertaining as this one. Well written, characters who you just want to know how they will fare and if they can have peace in the end and suspense like no other.
It is a dar...more