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V. C. Andrews' PETALS ON THE WIND (review by Cyrus Webb)

PETALS ON THE WIND by author V. C. Andrews


Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive...

Now a Lifetime Movie
Simon and Schuster

For Cathy, Chris and Carrie leaving the attic and the loss of their beloved brother Cory should have been enough for them to focus on the future and not dwell on the darkness of the past. That is something that Chris and Carrie try to do, but Cathy seems hellbent on revenge. That is where the innocence that we saw in her through the pages of FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC takes a tragic turn in V. C. Andrews' PETALS ON THE WIND.

I remember reading this book while in middle school, captivated by the way Cathy tried to prove she was better than her greedy mother and in the process almost losing herself entirely. Cathy, Chris and Carrie are given the chance to have a home where love could abound, but the weeds from their past taint the precious garden they try to grow---leaving them all forever changed.

We are able to see Cathy go through abusive relationships and hurt while on her pursuit of one day exacting her own vengeance on her mother and grandmother. Chris just wants to move on, even though the way his relationship changed with his sister Cathy in the attic keeps him from moving past her. And then there is Carrie, a victim in so many ways---and when love seems to be at her fingertips a chance encounter with her past sends her over the edge.

I think this book is probably one of the pivotal ones of the series, because it shows how what has happened to you can change your life for the better or the worse. By the end loyalty is tested, the truth is exposed and those who live or left to deal with the aftermath.

Purchase your copy of PETALS ON THE WIND on Amazon here.

On the heels of the Lifetime Original Movie "Flowers in the Attic," this year’s number one movie telecast on ad-supported cable, Lifetime will premiere the much-anticipated sequel "Petals on the Wind" on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, at 9 pm ET/8p.m. CT.

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