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Secrets in the Shadows (Secrets #2)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  1,535 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
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Her Mother Was Crazy.
Is She Doomed to Repeat the Past?

Up in the attic, that's where Alice's mother used to escape to...and it's where, so Alice has been told, she plotted the murder of her own stepfather. Now, years later, with her mother locked away for life, the attic is where Alice finds comfort in her aloneness, writing poetry and painting pictures.

Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 15th 2008 by Pocket Star (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jun 27, 2011 Jodi rated it liked it
Recommends it for: V.C Andrew followers
As I get older, these stories grow sillier to me but yet I keep reading them. Blah! As I read about Duncan's situation with the overly religious mother who punished him for looking at a girl and sinning, it reminded me of the movie, "Carrie." Of course, as always, the ending is all rainbows and happiness. The characters never really developed for me. On one page Duncan is a stranger and two pages later they are dating. Ho-hum!
Benji Young
Jun 20, 2015 Benji Young rated it did not like it
Ugh, this book. Andrew Neiderman is the ghost writer for V.C. Andrews. Any dedicated fan knows that. I have essentially given up on him. I confess, I still buy the books. Primarily for collector purposes. I hoard them. I do read them every now and then. Sometimes Neiderman surprises me. The book before this one - Secrets in the Attic - was one of those surprises. SitA - aside from clearly ripping off the title from Flowers in the Attic - was a really captivating book. While the characters all me ...more
M Strawberry
Oct 27, 2012 M Strawberry rated it did not like it
Shelves: andrew-neiderman
This has to stop, seriously. When Neiderman first ghostwrote for VCA, he did a decent job. I liked the Cutler series, and he did a good job of finishing up the books that VCA had started but didn't finish for the Dollanganger and Casteel series. The Landry and Logan series, while not the best, were still very decent, and I enjoyed them. However, it all started to go downhill with Orphans. That was not what VCA would have written. I endured the Hudson and DeBeers series with disgust. The April ...more
Nov 28, 2012 Redfox5 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, usa
You can't tell a family saga in two books. I hate this whole two book thing. Bring back 5 books! I'm getting annoyed with every new Virginia Andrews book that comes out. They just ain't what they used to be. Alice annoyed me quiet abit. She just wasn't very likeable. And why is it when she meets a guy, shes so eager to get all hot and heavy with them? They've only just met! Not very believable considering she's been shy and hidden away from people her whole life. I didn't like Craig or Duncan. I ...more
Jan 31, 2014 Tez rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alice has shit taste in men. Her first boyfriend smokes weed whilst driving. Her second boyfriend lies majorly to Alice, and his reason is lame: he thought she wouldn't like him if she couldn't relate to him, so he made up stuff. And she forgives him! Totally not cool.
Great book. I read some VC years ago (Casteel series) and loved it. This was no exception. Edge of your seat stuff.
Feb 09, 2016 Unapologetic_Bookaholic rated it really liked it
I have a lot of spoilers in my review below. Read with caution

Alice is the daughter of Karen. She is now 16 and wonders if she’s inherited the evil of her mother. While Alice thinks she’s a nothing Rachel (her father’s wife) sees her true beauty and helps her blossom. She visit’s the house where her mother lived and the people living there have completely changed everything, erased traces of what was. Craig, he lives in Karen’s old house, asks Alice to prom. During the drive to the after party h
Jennifer (INnerSANITY)
Well I definitely liked this book much better than the first!!!
This novel takes place 16 years after Karen gave birth to her and Jesse's daughter. Alice is living with her grandparents and is a social outcast.. Dresses dowdy and is very shy and tormented by her past.. She wants to know about her mother who has been in a psychiatric facility ever since the last book and is permanently living in the past - no memory of having given birth or that it's 16 years later..
Gradually Alice comes out of
May 25, 2008 K rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Secrets in the Shadows continues the story that started with Secrets in the Attic. The story focuses on Alice, the daughter of Karen and Jesse who readers meet in the first book of the series.
As with the first book in this series, I really enjoyed this book. I thought the story well written with all the twists, turns, and tragedies one would expect from a story created by Andrew's. And although this story includes characters (and refrences) from Secrets in the Attic, readers will have not troub
Dec 28, 2008 Tamela rated it it was ok
This second bood in this series was better than the first. It was slightly entertaining, but as with most of VC Andrews books, predictable. The main character, Alice, is the offspring resulting from the first book. She obviously has social issues resulting from her mother's 'sins' and therefore in need of a makeover. Her makeover results in the attraction of the most popular boy in the school...yes, you guessed it, class president and baseball star, Craig. Wouldn't you know tragedy befalls the ...more
Moumita Sarcar
no review as such... it was bland!!! the climax was so poorly thought of that i wondered if d book really finished or not... d suspense created had a very bad downfall in d end... they cud hv elaborated more on the past of her mother to really put some light into the whole story... d girl alice was so naive and so pessimistic about her own existence , i hardly sympathised, n sometimes she evn desrved a full blown slap to make her come to senses... as for the entire family, they shud hv thot abt ...more
Nicola Ford
Jan 08, 2016 Nicola Ford rated it it was ok
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Reuben Barra
Rating: 4.5

"The river's power comes from its movement. It never repeats itself. Like they say, you can't step into the same river twice. That's the way I wish our lives would be."

-Duncan Winning-

I am stoked. I love Alice Stein's witty thoughts and smart sarcasm and so with Duncan Winning's gloomy and moody behavior.

As far as I am reading V.C Andrew's novels, this is by far the highest rating I ever gave. Well, I like the flow of the story from beginning to end. Especially when Alice visited he
Patricia Swenson
Aug 19, 2008 Patricia Swenson rated it it was ok
Slightly better than the first book in this series, but not by much.

None of the books written after the Dollenganger series have ever measured up to that standard.

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Did anyone else notice the error? When Alice was shopping for a prom dress she was with her grandmother, only. BUT later in the book she mentions shopping for it with her grandmother, aunt Zipporah, & stepmother. Nope, that happened when she was taken shopping to buy NEW clothes for schoo
Dec 03, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it
It doesn't have the tension of the previous book, and the main character is easier to relate to, even though she's still suite pessimistic and gloomy. There were many unpredictable twists (when the chapter title didn't give them away..), but I'm not sure I if I liked them all. Also the book explained and addressed the points that seemed rushed in the end of book 1, which was surprising, in a good way.
Sep 15, 2008 Jess rated it it was amazing
I love all of the books ever written by V.C. Andrews. Throughout the years I've read the work written by her ghost writer and slowly lost interest as many of the books seem to all have the same plot. But I do have to say that this series in particular is pretty entertaining and reminds me of Flowers in the Attic.
Jul 29, 2011 Rachel added it
Shelves: horror
Pretty good book. Wasn't as dark and twisted as the first. I still hate not really knowing if Karen's stepfather really was abusing her. It leaves you still with a feeling that it was possible, but no solid answer. But what is with the nutty people in this series?
Jan 23, 2009 Greg rated it it was amazing
This book is an amazing book!!
It is about this girls mom who is dying and really has no hope on surving...
A part of me is scared to finish the book because it is heart breaking.
But i know if i dont finish it i will always wonder how it ends...
Apr 08, 2011 Nicole rated it it was ok
I think the only reason I keep reading these books is because I keep hoping they'll get back to how good they used to be. This one for instance, I never could like the character, which means I probably won't like the book all that much. Not to mention the plot was below par.
Dec 04, 2014 Nico rated it it was amazing
one of the best, most loved series/authors of all time. V.C. Andrews books are something so easily recognizable and new books continue to evolve to go with the times and bring in a whole new generation of loving readers
Aug 20, 2008 Dianne rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all
started reading yesterday. i went to the library, didnt have anything i went there to find, so i chose this. very good, like it alot. more later.
Jodie Angeline Lee
Dec 16, 2014 Jodie Angeline Lee rated it really liked it
Really liked this one. The newer ones are always a bit hit and miss. Some are great and some not so much.
Jun 14, 2011 Mina rated it did not like it
I always hope that it will be a story as riveting as Flowers in the Attic. Never is. I should stop trying. This story didn't even have anyone that you could root for.

Nikki Marie
Nov 28, 2014 Nikki Marie rated it it was amazing
v.c. andrews books are all absolutely amazing and very easily distinguishable from any other authors. i love the darkeness, secrets, lies, very addicting, i have almost every single book!
Feb 02, 2009 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Again, not early Andrews but better than the offerings right after her death. These two books were much calmer and seem to be more formulaic. Still, good read.
Crystal Krentkowski
Aug 08, 2008 Crystal Krentkowski rated it really liked it
I liked this book. It was a little different from most VC Andrews books which tend to be "all the same". It was more current and up to date and realistic.
Jul 18, 2012 Colleen rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers, fiction
The reviews I read said that it was not VC Andrews best works and most were disappointed. However, I enjoyed the book and found it quite a page turner.
Nov 25, 2015 Wanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Brand loyalty at it's finest. I know these books are going to be terrible. The writing is dated and corny. The stories always seem to take place in the 80s, the title has Secret or Shadow in it (this one has both!), and there are always the same characters: overly religious zealot, super innocent teen on the cusp of womanhood, rich grandparents that live in houses with "history", bad boys, etc. I keep punishing myself and reading these damn VCA books bc of my 9th grade obsession with Flowers in ...more
Mar 25, 2016 Ashley marked it as to-read
Own in paperback.

FS: "Imagine you're a sixteen year old girl growing up in a small community where everyone you knew and who knew you was aware that your mother had murdered someone when she was your age and was now and has been in a mental institution ever since."

LS: "There was no greater gift to give."
Aug 18, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
It got better as the story went on and yes it did have a good ending. I still like the first book the most.
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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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