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Garden of Shadows (Dollanganger prequel)

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Garden of Shadows is the "prequel" to the popular series that began with Flowers in the Attic. Here we meet the young Malcolm Foxworth and his wife Olivia and learn the terrible secret that taints the Foxworths forever, revealing why Malcolm and Olivia Foxworth became evil.
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published November 15th 1987 by Poseidon Press (first published 1987)
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Aileen yes you can but its way better to read them all so you can know the background of all the characters and how it got to where they got.
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Neva
Aug 15, 2007 Neva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Savina M.

I read the first four books of the Dollanganger saga two years ago, and since then I've never felt quite emotionally prepared for the fifth book. I finally plucked up the courage to read Garden of Shadows, and it is safe to say V.C. Andrews has not let me down.
Fortunately, I didn't cry reading this book. I remember bawling my eyes out at every one of the first four books. This book, if possible, is even darker than Flowers in the Attic and it left me in a trance whenever I paused to do something
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Christina
The first and most important of the Andrews series. Felt oh so wrong while reading it and yet no girl of my generation could put them down! I enjoyed every page of every book.
sj
Dec 20, 2011 sj rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trashy-tuesday
(Full Review and more on Trashy Tuesday here: http://wp.me/p1Zgyz-8o )

At last, we've arrived at the final installment in the Dollanganger series! I was talking to Becoming Clicheover chat the other day about how thrilled I was to be able to stop reading VC Andrews, and she said something to the effect of "Oh, but Heaven was such a good book! And what about My Sweet Audrina?" I guess this means I will be revisiting this author at some point in the future, but hopefully not any time soon. There's
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Cecilia Solis-sublette
It has been a long while since I finished a book of this length in less than 2 nights. I remember, now, the appeal of V.C. Andrews. Yes, her plots are a little unrealistic and yes, her characters can seem a little falt but both are just fun reading for the beach or whatever. This novel is like reading a good Lifetime movie. Back to the novel itself. _Garden of Shadows_ is fun in its own right but even more fun if you are familiar with _Flowers in the Attic_ as GOS is its prequel and everyone lov ...more
Lori
Jun 18, 2009 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Garden of Shadows", the prequel to "Flowers in the Attic", goes back to unchartered territory and succeeds in giving a new twist to the Dollangager saga.
"Garden" is the story of Olivia (the Grandmother) - - a few pages about her upbringing by her loving father, before we are taken right into her "arranged" marriage to Malcolm Foxworth, a good looking young man whom she feels love for, but that quickly turns on her wedding night when she is raped. Olivia comes to find out what a horrible, cruel
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Scott
Aug 07, 2007 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: twisted
Takes you back to the beginning and makes the Dollanganger story even MORE twisted...
Inés Izal
Nov 09, 2015 Inés Izal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Maldito drama y maldito seas Malcom.
Al fin obtuve mis ansiadas respuestas.
Jen Thompson
Sep 24, 2014 Jen Thompson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not going to say that Olivia Foxworth didn't have it bad, but nothing NOTHING that happened to her, in my opinion, is as bad as what she did to those children! And to think she knew, knew what would happen them; being up in that attic for so long. After all, she did watch Alicia Foxworth go nearly mad from being locked away in that room/attic for almost a year.
This book was probably the most shocking out of all of them, because after reading the first four you are always led to believe that
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Jennifer
I think it's hard to spend 4 books hating on a character and then going back in the 5th and trying to work up some boo-hoo for the character you have been hating on for so long. Plus I wasn't 13 when I read this one so it made it alot harder to read.

I feel like someone should have stepped in at some point and nudged the ghost-writers for V.C. Andrews and told them that humping relatives is actually kinda looked down upon. Of course the formula works - The estate of V.C. Andrews is still pumping
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Alma
Sep 28, 2007 Alma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
OMG. Makes complete sence!
Angela
Jun 15, 2010 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Garden of Shadows by V.C. Andrews is the final installment of the Dollanganger Family Series. A prequel to Flowers in the Attic, it explains the story behind the grandmother’s harsh ways. Like Flowers in the Attic, Garden of Shadows presents a series of horrifying events that make you want to cringe, yet entices you to read more. We learn how the grandmother, Olivia, met Malcolm and discover their marriage was more of a business arrangement than act of love and commitment. Malcolm makes it known ...more
Michelle Arrow
Note: If you hated Olivia, Corrine's mother and Cathy's grandmother as much as I did in the first and previous novels of the series, then maybe this prequel will give you a little more insight on her aspect and will help you change your mind on this poor woman who went through so much hatred and unfairness in her life.

I was ready to hate this book; I never liked Olivia and you think I want to read her POV when she was a "bratty young lady?" No thanks. But having this be the last of V.C. Andr
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christine.
Jun 05, 2010 christine. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
And it's done. I'm finally free of V.C. Andrews, hooray! I felt wrong leaving the series off without having read the last book, the prequel to Flowers in the Attic.

Boy is this a doozy, and it's not a very good one, either. We have more incest, really perverted old men, megalomaniac fathers, slutty bubbleheaded women, and the towering monstrosity that is Olivia Foxworth, the steely grandmamma that is the main antagonist of most of the series.

Oh Olivia. I don't know how V.C. wanted me to feel sym
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Kolleen
Jun 19, 2011 Kolleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: strange-but-good
Well, I have to admit I wasn't too excited about reading this book. It is a prequel, and usually those aren't too great, and by this point I was a little bit over the Dollangangers. But, upon finishing this book I came to three conclusions:

1.) This was one of the better books in the series.

2.) Although this is a prequel, and some suggest to read it first, please read it last. It has a shocker of an ending that makes the whole series worth it.

3.) And lastly, you have to read it to finally underst
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Britt
Mar 24, 2012 Britt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gothic
If There Be Thorns gives us a peek into the life of Malcolm, the haunting figure who's omnipresent throughout the Dollanganger books but only seen once, and then from afar. Bart Jr. reads Malcolm's old diary and through that, we learn about Malcolm's womanizing ways, and a bit more of the family history.

Why the existence of this book, then, after all has been said and done already? The purpose is to experience through Olivia's eyes all that's happened from her marriage to the night she first loc
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Iolanda
Jul 13, 2014 Iolanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the most twisted out of all of the books in the series! It follows the beginning of Flowers, coming from the Grandmother: Olivia's perspective.

The book that explains why the grandmother was such an evil bitch, why did she resent the four Dollanganger children so much, why did Corrine seem like a huge chip on her shoulder! This is a spoiler free review but let me tell you, there's a twist. A twist I didn't see coming and when it happened, I was so bewildered. I couldn't stop reading aft
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Gaby
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Delicious Strawberry
After reading the rest of the Dollanganger series, I was naturally eager to start this book. It is stunning how a woman that you end up feeling sorry for turns into such a horrible person in FitA. Yes, Olivia went through a bad transformation, but here you see who the REAL villain is.

Tempting hints of Malcolm and Olivia's turbulent relationship with one another and their children and grandchildren were hinted at in previous books, but here, from Olivia's own viewpoint, we see why she has suffere
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Connie J.estrada
AS MUCH AS I LIKED THIS BOOK, I FELT IT WAS VERY LONG WINDED. IT SEEMED TO TAKE FOREVER FOR THE BOOK TO GET FROM ONE END TO THE OTHER. LIKE "EVERYTHING" WAS ADDED. ALTHOUGH IT WAS NOT JUSTIFIED, I COULD UNDERSTAND HOW BITTER, AND ANGRY OLIVIA BECAME. WHEN SHE FIRST MARRIED MELCOME, HE WAS NOT IN LOVE WITH HER, HE NEVER LOVED HER. HIS INFATUATION OF HIS MOTHERS SWAN ROOM WAS SO BIZZAR. THEN THE WAY HE MADE SEXUAL ADVANCES TWARDS HIS FATHERS WIFE, AND HOW OLIVA SAW EVERYTHING HE DID. SHE JUST SWAL ...more
Hillary-kristen
Jul 03, 2016 Hillary-kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Garden of Secrets - a must read if you love anything else from V.C.A.

This is another great V.C. Andrews book. I don't recommend reading it unless you've read the four previous books in the Dollanganger series, which all have been made into movies by Lifetime (though FitA was made into a movie in the 80's). This book is wonderful because it's told from a completely different POV. Instead of looking at the story unfolding from Cathy's eyes as the previous four books, this is told from the evil, wi
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Rukshan
Dec 24, 2008 Rukshan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
deliciously perverse! I remember reading this about 15 years ago and i spotted it at the used book shop for .50 and i knew i must re-read it.. it's a very twisted story that is the foundation for Flowers in the Attic. It's entertaining but left me feeling down in a weird way. Probably cause people treated each other so poorly and then most folks died. I will likely reread the entire series now.. i've gotten hooked again!
Cham Perez
Jan 30, 2016 Cham Perez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When you search the shadows to find that truth, often you find things more horrible, more painful than you would have imagined. -Mr. Winfield

This is the darkest book in the Dollanganger series. Darkest!

Reading Flowers in the Attic, I have always wondered why Olivia was so hellbent on making Cathy's children's life a living hell. Now this revealed the whole lot of it! It is such a twisted story, so dark but full of answers. Despite the darkness of this book, it definitely shed a lot of light on t
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Clare Holman-Hobbs
And that concludes the Dollanganger Saga. Whoever edited the book needs to brush up because there were a lot of spelling mistakes! Anyway, Olivia transformed from a cold-hearted grandmother into a character I really felt sorry for, although I don't see why [SPOILER] Mal and Joel had to be killed off? So it would harden her further? Who knows. Anyway, very entertaining!
Eveline Chao
Jun 24, 2007 Eveline Chao rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pervy fun for a middle-school aged girl.
Gabriela
Jun 05, 2016 Gabriela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Que locura, te odio John Amos
Nina
Dec 26, 2014 Nina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have no bad things to say about this book whatsoever. It was nice to hear things from the grandmother's perspective, about how things were and how she became the type of person she is today.

However, I find a lot of things she said conflicting with the first book from the Dollanganger series. In this book, Olivia seems to be, for the most part, very fond of Christopher and Corrine's relationship. In fact, she seems to embrace it most times. It's John Amos who mostly has a negative outlook on th
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Jen
Feb 10, 2014 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Morgan
Feb 04, 2014 Morgan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was better than "Flowers in the Attic." The story moved along more quickly, the purple prose was shortened and there was far less, and the shorter length created a tighter narrative. However, Olivia and Malcolm are perhaps 2 of the worst literary characters ever created--Malcolm has clear Oedipal issues and then transfers them to his daughter, who he begs to never leave him. Olivia blames a character for being raped and forces said rape victim to live in hiding and then leave the ...more
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Books published under the following names - Virginia Andrews, V. Andrews, Virginia C. Andrews & V.C. Endrius. Books since her death ghost written by Andrew Neiderman, but still attributed to the V.C. Andrews name

Virginia Cleo Andrews (born Cleo Virginia Andrews) was born June 6, 1923 in Portsmouth, Virginia. The youngest child and the only daughter of William Henry Andrews, a career navy man
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Dollanganger (5 books)
  • Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger, #1)
  • Petals on the Wind (Dollanganger, #2)
  • If There Be Thorns (Dollanganger, #3)
  • Seeds of Yesterday (Dollanganger, #4)

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