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Jardín sombrío

(Dollanganger prequel)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  27,029 ratings  ·  717 reviews
Esta novela revela los terribles acontecimientos que marcarían para siempre el destino de la familia Dollanganger. Mucho antes de que el terror floreciera en el ático de la siniestra mansión, Olivia llegó a Virginia como novia de Malcolm Foxworth, sin imaginar que ese era el comienzo de una historia de oscuros secretos y pasiones prohibidas... Esta inolvidable saga románti ...more
Paperback, 335 pages
Published April 30th 2006 by Debolsillo (first published 1986)
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Ashelle Read it after because its really hard to catch up and you will not understand this book until you read the ones before
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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Claudia Ramírez
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Estoy shook. Me encanta esta familia tan retorcida, ¡y desde las raíces! Yo podría leer libros de los Dollanganger/Foxworth por siempre y no me cansaría. Es tanto DRAMA y uFFFF. Casi al final tuve que arrojar el libro del coraje que me dio, ESA FAMILIA SIEMPRE ESTUVO DESTINADA A LA DESGRACIA.
Aug 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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3 out of 5 stars to Garden of Shadows, the 5th book in the young adult thriller series written in 1987 by V.C. Andrews. Two key things to note about this book. The author passed away while writing this book, and I'm not clear on how much VC Andrews wrote versus a ghost writer at the publishing firm. Also, it's the fifth book in the series, but it is actually a prequel to Flowers in the Attic, so it should be read first. That said, if you read it first, you'd totally lose the power
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
With all the drama of the Dollanganger saga done, it would seem that everything is as it should be. However, how did it all start and what led to such a fire and brimstone sentimentality that Bart ended up exuding upon reading his great-grandfather’s journals? V.C. Andrews answers this in this final instalment, a prequel of sorts, that takes that story far into the past, before things got out of hand. Olivia Winfield was a quiet girl, though her height and gangly nature made her more wholesome t ...more
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If you've read the Dollanganger series, you probably remember that the grandmother character in FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC had serious issues. But how did she get that way? Aren't you curious?

GARDEN OF SHADOWS is about a girl named Olivia. Tall and plain, she's been raised her whole life as the son her father wanted but never got. Beneath that homely brow of hers is a sharpened mind, and an almost heartbreaking desire to be loved and adored. She'
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
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pretty-good
I'm entertained by this installment of the Dollanganger series, we go back to uncover the 'origin story' of the hateful grandmother, Olivia Foxworth, from the first book. After reading this book, I still don't like Olivia, but at least I can see her reason and where she came from.

Although the plots and turns of events are highly predicable...down to the handsome husband getting abusive part, still I can understand those characters quite well...and despite of all the victim-blaming, melodramas, w
Dec 20, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trashy-tuesday
(Full Review and more on Trashy Tuesday here: )

At last, we've arrived at the final installment in the Dollanganger series!  I was talking to Becoming Cliche over 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.  Th
Jun 20, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
C 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
Jun 18, 2009 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
Aug 07, 2007 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...
Jen Thompson
Sep 24, 2014 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
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
Inés Izal
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Maldito drama y maldito seas Malcom.
Al fin obtuve mis ansiadas respuestas.
Ahmad Sharabiani
Garden of Shadows (Dollanganger, #5), V.C. Andrews
Sep 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
OMG. Makes complete sence!
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Iki vestuvių likus vos savaitei nesusikaupiau skaityti nieko rimto. Pradedu kokį detektyvą ir tuoj pat pamirštu kas ką gaudo, kas ką nužudė. Čiupau rimtesnį romaną - nulis sveikų. Viskas maišosi, klajoju savose mintyse ir jaudulyje. Tikriausiai sakot - tai neskaityk. Atsipalaiduok be knygų, su kitomis veiklomis. Su kitom veiklom dar "baisiau" neatsipalaiduoju. Viso planavimo metu save raminau knygom, tai ir dabar nusprendžiau rasti tinkamą vaistą. Kas čia galėtų būti tokio super paprasto? Neįpar ...more
Apr 23, 2011 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
Michelle Wrona
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
Brooklyn Tayla
Oh wow. Well I just flew through this. I can't not give it 5 stars because it kept me hooked and horrified at every turn. The ending had me gasping, for something that was SO obvious and critical to the Dollanganger novels, it didn't even occur to me until I read it at the last page.
I love VC Andrews books, they just flow so easily. This one had everything, and I definitely even feel haunted now after I've closed the book.
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
Currently reading (6/14/17):

Buddy read with Sarah. The perfect way to start off the summer. :D

Review (7/5/17):

This book just cements my love for all the evil grandmother origins stories (the last book in each series). I'm not 100% sure why.

This book goes into detail why Olivia turned into a hellbeast. Olivia started out as such a sympathetic character. I got extremely protective of her, because I know going into it, that life was not going to be kind to her.

Malcolm was the literal worst(tm) for
Jun 11, 2011 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
Jun 15, 2010 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
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Que locura, te odio John Amos
Jim C
Feb 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating is 3.5 stars.

This is a prequel to the author's most famous book Flowers in the Attic. This is a stand alone novel but if you haven't read the original book of this series you will miss the foreshadowing that is throughout this novel. Do you remember the evil grandmother who forced her grandchildren to live in the attic? This is her story.

I enjoyed Flowers in the Attic but I did think each subsequent book was worse and worse with hating the last book of the series. With that being s
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Oct 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dollanganger
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fucked-up
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
Apr 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
3,5 estrellitas!!!

Este último libro de la saga me ha gustado incluso más que otros, en este libro no había ninguna página que estuviera de más porque todo lo que la autora escribía era necesario para entender el porque de tanto odio. En cambio en sus otros libros como el segundo había páginas que me sobraban y sin ninguna información valida ni interesante.

Gracias a Jardín sombrío he entendido todo el odio que tenía Olivia hacia sus nietos, por supuesto tanta maldad nunca prodria estar justificad
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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

Other books in the series

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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