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A major Lifetime movie event—the novel that captured the world's imagination and earned V.C. Andrews a fiercely devoted fanbase. Book One of the Dollanganger Family series.

At the top of the stairs there are four secrets hidden. Blond, beautiful, innocent, and struggling to stay alive…

They were a perfect family, golden and carefree—until a heartbreaking tragedy shattered their happiness. Now, for the sake of an inheritance that will ensure their future, the children must be hidden away out of sight, as if they never existed. Kept on the top floor of their grandmother’s vast mansion, their loving mother assures them it will be just for a little while. But as brutal days swell into agonizing months and years, Cathy, Chris, and twins Cory and Carrie realize their survival is at the mercy of their cruel and superstitious grandmother…and this cramped and helpless world may be the only one they ever know.

Book One of the Dollanganger series, followed by Petals in the Wind, If There be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and Garden of Shadows.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published on September 1, 2011 by Harper
ISBN-10: 0007436823
ISBN-13: 9780007436828
5 Book Reviews
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  • faithSunday, January 21, 2018 at 6:00 pm
    i just started reading the book but so far awesome
    • cheez315
      cheez315Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 8:05 pmFeatured
      this is a very gripping tale...literally!...u just can't put the book down.....it is actually meant for a very mature audience as it is recommended for ages 14+...the cover seems rather childish but the book itself is pretty dark. Some of the dialogues are very touching as forbidden love is mentioned and portrayed.....
      • morrisgms29
        Mrs. MorrisSaturday, September 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm
        Creepy , but very interesting.
        • rayonna12
          rayonna12Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 4:38 am55 stars
          I want 2 read this book bcuz i saw the AWESOME movie based on the book.My mom said she was going 2 buy the book 4 me so i've been waiting.So if you want some entrtainment,i suggest you read the book and see the movie
          • monkeylady
            monkeyladySunday, May 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm44 stars
            This is a really creepy book!!!!! i found it while i was searching my grandmas gorage and my copy is like thirty years old. it is about 4 kids (sibblings) that have to live in one room and an attic together without anyone knowing they exist. they also have to put up with their grandmother and her crazy rules.