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Darkest Hour (Cutler #5)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  7,057 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
Fifth - and final - volume in the spellbinding Cutler family saga. DARKEST HOUR takes us back to the story of Dawn's grandmother Lillian, and a thriving plantation called The Meadows. Lillian's happy life is shattered when her sister Emily reveals the shocking secret of her birth. And her heart is torn anew when, in a drunken haze, her father subjects her to the most bruta ...more
Paperback, 394 pages
Published 2002 by Pocket (first published January 1st 1993)
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I liked this book. However, it did nothing to help justify "Grandmother" Cutler's ultimate rise from a sweet, caring girl to a cold bitch. I didn't have any idea why she became the way she did in later books towards Dawn, when she had suffered through so much as a young girl herself. I never understood if she hated Dawn so much, why did she name her Eugenia, after the young sister she loved so much?
Oct 09, 2011 Sapheron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rated it four because I thought it was the best in the series. But it makes absolutely no sense that the sweet little girl I cried tears for grew up into Grandmother Cutler. It doesn't even seem as though a HUGE chunk of story was missing that would explain her change because there isn't much else one person can live through, and her past hadn't changed her so significantly by the end of the book save to make her smarter.
I have to look at this book as something separate from the other books, dis
Princess Consuela
Once again, as in other books in this series, I have found minor discrepancies in the story, which annoy the heck out of me. I mean, come on, you can't get someone to thoroughly proofread your book? But besides that, I was also very disappointed by the fact that this book did not really explain to us our Lillian turned into evil Grandmother Cutler. Yes, she's been through a whole lot of s**t in her life, but even at the end of the book, she still seemed to be a kind hearted individual. What happ ...more
Andrea Ventura
Apr 04, 2013 Andrea Ventura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: darkest-hour
The author's purpose in writing the book is to entertain but also to somehow inform the readers. In the book Darkest Hour, the author shows the life of a wealthy family and how they lived their lives each day. The book mostly talks about the life of one of the family members, Lillian. Lillian is a girl full of hopes, dreams, and happiness; she is also a very smart and beautiful girl as we see in the book "I wouldn't be quite five when the school year began. She's so bright." We also see in this ...more
Kim Smiley
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Lillian grows up in a seemingly normal household. What she didn't know was that there was a secret. Her cold sister Emily insists that she is a curse upon the family and nerve misses an opportunity to say so. As more tragedies fall, Lillian's life gets more horrible.

It was a pretty entertaining book. It was easy to sympathize with Lillian. So many bad things happened to her that I actually got angry at times. The author definitely channels to mind of a young girl. She writes passages that make y
Nov 08, 2010 Bradley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Repugnant. Repugnant. Repugnant. I wanted to see why my wife totally refused to read any books by this author. I was sickened all the way through this story. Child abuse, incest, and bitter tragedy. Avoid this book at all costs. It might make you throw up with disgust. It took me three days to finish.. which is very slow for me.
Megan Tiscareno
I just have to say that I had an unhealthy obsession with VC Andrews books and the Cutler series was the second series that I really read. I loved them, but at the same time, the aspects of the books I enjoyed as a young teen, looking back now were much too adult and so cookie cutter with most of the Andrews series.
Stephanie * Outlandish Reads
Me trying to figure out how Lillian went from this lovable character to the evil woman that she is in Dawn
Michelle Bacon
I dunno what it is about V.C. Andrews, but she seems to be very fascinated with incest and abuse because that seems to be the focal point of all her stories (or at least the ones I've read). I becomes almost disturbing to read that kind of material. I read almost the whole Cutler series and this one was more of a back story about Grandma Cutler. I don't see a connection with the characters I read in the earlier books tho. Grandma Cutler is a mean and evil woman, where Lillian Cutler is not at al ...more
Paris Jade
Dec 15, 2014 Paris Jade rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Guess I'm reading the series backwards haha. This is the first of the Cutler series I've read.
From the minute I started this book, to the minute I put it down, there were tears in my eyes-not a comfortable feeling! There were too many unfortunate deaths in the book- sure stirred up alot of uncomfortable feelings for me! I was uncomfortable from the very beginning because I knew Eugenia was going to die eventually and I wouldn't be able to take it. THen Niles- that was a WTF moment for me (althou
Connie J.estrada
Delicious Strawberry
This was actually the first VCA book I ever read. I didn't even know a ghostwriter was involved in this or that VCA was dead. I found out soon enough. but I enjoyed this book nonetheless and wanted more.

Naturally, this started me off on VCA. At that point, the Logan series wasn't yet finished. The first few books I read were not in order, but now, having read ALL of the VCA books from the Dollangangers through the Logans, I am very happy that happy chance delivered this book into my lap!

While so
Oct 07, 2012 Cassie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book... I don't know. I didn't dislike it in the slightest, but I didn't like it as much as I usually do VCA books.

I think the aspect that mostly preventing me from really enjoying this book is that we already knew the major plot events before even getting to this book. (*Potential spoiler, if you haven't read the previous books*) We already knew that Eugenia was going to die, we knew she was going to get raped by her uncle/father. We knew they were going to pretend Charlotte belonged to he
Mousumi Bhattacharya
If Lilian was so kind hearted and good then what made her so evil in the later part of her life?This book was not necessary in the series as the series is already over and this tragic heroine story has been retold too many times.It was okay, not too bad. V.C Andrews' stories are very repetitive. I can almost predict now that the brother is not going to be a brother and later be the lover. Sigh! The twists and turns in her novels are too frequently used in all her series. And all her stories have ...more
Jul 25, 2015 Ivyanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion, "Darkest Hour" was the best book in the Culter Series. However, I hated the ending! The readers never find out how Lillian, or Grandmother Culter as known in previous book, became so cruel and bitter! Lillian is a very likable character in this book, but the author never relayed the events that made her snap and turn evil. That irked me so bad! Other than that, it was a very quick book anf very blunt! I'm still horrified when I found out that Niles fell from Lillian's room, broke ...more
May 03, 2015 Joanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was by far the best of VC Andrews books. Lillian was not the real daughter but was treated like one by her mother and one sister who was sickly but not by her father or older sister. Bad things happened to poor Lillian that were not her fault but her older sister Emily,said that she was the devil and brought evil to the house!
Every page brought more mystery to the story. Every chapter proved to be better than the last. What a great read!
Jul 28, 2015 Clark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It was an okay book, still gripping like many of Virginia Andrews' work. I did enjoy reading about Dan Cutler's grandmother although it wasn't really explained why she grew old to be such a cruel and cold grandmother.

I wish the author gave more details about Dawn and what transpired during her conception. It was also awful to read about her own foster father raping her twice and impregnating her in the end...

Aug 25, 2015 Joanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Story is mostly about Lillian's childhood- sisters Emily (no life but the bible) Eugenia (very sickly) her Mother (in her own world) and Father (strict fanitical).
Her trials growing up in this family. Would have liked less emphasis on childhood and more on her after adulthood and marriage.
Oct 11, 2015 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first V.C. Andrews novel I ever read and the one that got me hooked on her as an author when I was in high school. While not perfect by any means it is a page turner. Has all the elements of melodrama that makes Andrews a favorite for so many. Campy fun at its finest!
Sarajane Pinkman
Feb 20, 2015 Sarajane Pinkman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first V.C. Andrews book I ever read, and it still stays with me to this day. Poor Lillian's life is awful, though I'm still not sure quite why she turned out the way she did in the other Cutler books... I was honestly gunning for some redemption on her part.
Nikki Marie
Nov 28, 2014 Nikki Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Bobbi-jean Hollingsworth
Very dramatic sad book. Loved the writing and story line tho. But true to others reviews. Why was she so unhappy later on I think that's why the ending was so off to me.
Kris - My Novelesque Life
When I read these novels back in the day I would have given them 3-3.5 STARS and now would say about one Star

I started reading VC Andrews books in the 1991 and stopped about 2003.

I have read:
-Dollanganger Series
-Casteel Series
-Cutler Series
-Landry Series
-Logan Series
-Orphans Series
-Wildflowers Series
-Hudson Series
-Shooting Stars Series
-DeBeers Series
-Broken Wings Series

As a preteen reading these novels was a rebellion and the gothic theme also seemed cool. I stopped reading this author because
Aug 13, 2012 yolanda; rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I said before: Mama, I love the drama! This kind of book is my guilty pleasure.
Tasha Moulton
Dec 07, 2011 Tasha Moulton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Look forward to reading more from this author --- appears to have tons to choose from!
Apr 02, 2014 Ai rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the most disturbing book i read in my teen years :)
Cara Byrne
Judging by the blurb on the back of the book, you'd think that was the main story but no. The blurb was covered in the last 50 pages or so. The prequel to the 'Cutler' series actually portrays Lillian Cutler as a human being after all. I was enjoying it and then BAM....more incest, more rape. Seems every book by this author has to cover these subjects. Must admit I'm getting bored with the same thing.
Oct 15, 2015 Eva rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, that was very very very dissappointing.
The thing with Virginia's books is this: it get's boring after 3 parts of one serie.
It gets predictable and the characters are getting more and more annoying after each book.
Especially the main characters. What is wrong with these people?!
Maybe this is one of her worst series, who knows. I realize that this isn't entirely written by herself, but it's still has that annoying Virginia-vibe going on.
I do adore the Casteel-series. Read it three times I
Dec 04, 2014 Nico rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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