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Darkest Hour (Cutler #5)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  7,657 Ratings  ·  100 Reviews
Growing up on the thriving plantation called The Meadows, Lillian Booth cherishes the brightest, happiest dreams....

Lillian's world is full of grand parties, of sunshine and promises, as thrilling as the fairy tales Mama spins for her and her little sister, Eugenia. No one, not even her cold, stern Papa and her Bible spouting sister Emily, can crush her spirits — until the

Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 1st 1993 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 1993)
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Aug 11, 2011 rated it liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 18, 2012 rated it liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Aug 20, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Megan Tiscareno
Feb 26, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
Nov 08, 2010 rated it did not like it
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.
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Re read I just can’t seem to start anything new so going back to the oldies
Ritz ☾
Dec 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2016, garbage-fiction
Insert loud exhausted sighing here.

Finally, I will never have to pick up another VC Andrews book ever again. Ever.
Tasha Moulton
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Look forward to reading more from this author --- appears to have tons to choose from!
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In this novel you see how Lillian is full of hopes, dreams, and happiness; she is also smart and beautiful. We also see how the relationship between Lillian and her sister, Emily isn’t the greatest. It's obvious that Emily is very jealous of Lillian. Every page gets better. I feel for Lillian, but I’m surprised that this caused her to change into the person she turned to. I get it with Grandmother Foxworth (Flowers in the Attic), but not with Lillian. I feel like it wasn't really explained why s ...more
Dani Rose
Dec 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Full disclosure: I really don't like V.C. Andrews' ghostwriter. I really wish her writing career ended after the Dollanganger series and My Sweet Audrina, but it seems as though there are some seedy people who can't let her writing die, and I think it has tarnished her name as a writer. The ghostwriter has churned out a number of formulaic, predictable, and one dimensional books that rely on shock value and read as V.C. Andrews fanfiction half the time.

I have sworn off all ghostwritten work, but
M.M. Strawberry Reviews
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
Michelle Bacon
Aug 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: family-drama
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 rated it did not like it
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
Karen M
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have really enjoyed reading this series. In the beginning I hated Lillian but after reading Darkest Hour I can see and understand how she became so bitter and twisted.
Amy Johnson
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great as a stand-alone book, but really doesn’t do anything to explain why Lillian grows up to be the butter Matriarch of the Cutler family. There are also a few contextual oversights by Niederman (e.g. the Booths identifying that Eugenia had cystic fibrosis even though before the Great Depression they didn’t know what it was), but a good, if not slightly twisted, story.
Jess Swann
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Un prequel qui se centre sur le personnage de la redoutable Grand mère Cutler et qui nous donne une autre vision du personnage de Liliane aux antipodes de la femme dure et cruelle des premiers tomes. Là, on la découvre enfant dans la plantation familiale. Très vite, on découvre qu'elle n'est pas la fille de la maison (contrairement à Emily) mais une nièce orpheline recueillie. Du coup, la voilà harcelée tant par son père adoptif que par sa prétendue soeur... On comprend également mieux pourquoi ...more
Oct 04, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Connie J.estrada
Sep 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Dec 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2015, 1-2-stars
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
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Nov 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Mousumi Bhattacharya
Dec 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I haven't read a VC Andrews book since my youth. I forgot how utterly messed up these families are. The book was quick paced and literally kept me up all night reading it which hasn't happened in awhile. When reading this I related heavily to Lillian; her family and others treatment of her and the abuse she suffered at their hands via coercion, threats, etc. I hear Lillian turns into a monster in previous books which is a shame but a loving, hopefully person can only take so much abuse and misfo ...more
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This story didn't sit well at me all. For God's sake how could you read about a girl being repeatedly raped by his stepfather and fathering a child! The emotional turmoil she goes through in her growing up and her forceful parting with her child (who were raised only as a sister of hers) at her subsequent marriage were depressing to read. The only good part I read was her subsequent marriage to man, who though fails to keep his fidelity, nevertheless treats her with respect and care.
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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...

Cara Byrne
May 11, 2016 rated it liked it
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.
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