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  • By D. FOXWORTH on April 17, 2008

    Once again, I am honored to be the first to review SECRETS IN THE SHADOWS by the legendary V. C. ANDREWS. Here we pick up with Alice, daughter of Karen and niece of Zipporah. Alice has dwelled in a shell and kept herself mentally locked up in her mother's attic for far too long. Everyone is deeply concerned for her. When she finally comes out of her shell, the dear girl has trial after trial to get through.The most touching part of this book was Alice's reunion with her mother Karen at the institution. You just know things are going to work out. Sadly, VCA series are only 2 or 3 books long now, so much of the history is not written about and you pretty much have to write your own future for your favorite characters. But that's fun too!I remain in awe of the talent of MR. ANDREW NEIDERMAN. Time after time he captures the magic of the original Ms. Andrews and provides us with thrilling stories. Imagine what a waste it would have been if after VCA's death, no one had picked up the pen in her name!I look forward to Delia's crossing and to many, many more VCA books to come in coming years! After the trials are done and the tears are shed, they always uplift me! BRAVO, Mr. Neiderman, BRAVO!

  • By Sammy Jo on May 19, 2008

    I'm a fan of some of the V.C. Andrews books and my goal is to someday read every single one of them. This particular book was not my favorite but it was at times hard to put down. I was disappointed with the ending and it's obvious that there will not be another book in that series. I agree with another reviewer that I found typos and slang/terminology that confused me as far as the time era. Some words and phrases I couldn't help but chuckle because regardless of the era it would be such a lame thing for a 17 year old to say. Also, I felt the romances with Craig and the other guy were totally rushed and unrealistic. Also, I found it strange how Alice's step-mother all of a sudden went from snobby ice queen who hated her to a make-over genius who started to give a crap and show affection. The book was just o.k. in my opinion.

  • By FictionWriter on May 16, 2014

    I purchased this book as a means of building by VC Andrews library back up. (I grew up reading her books, though all of the most recent ones are being ghostwritten.) This copy I received was in great condition.

  • By Theresa Sanker on October 13, 2013

    I haven't read it yet, but I usually like reading V.C.Andrews. This series seems different from the others. The heroine is average

  • By roberta recklein on July 6, 2014

    Very good kept me interested all through the book I have read about 40 of vCard Andrews books she was a great writer

  • By Susan D. on July 16, 2015

    Loved it; great sequel.

  • By ReasonableGoatPerson on June 14, 2012

    Do you know who you are? Alice doesn't. Born to a mentally disturbed mother and a college student not yet ready for the responsibility of fatherhood, she's been raised by her grandparents and has always felt like an outsider. She's taken to using the attic as a hideaway where she can go to paint. The attic has always made her feel close to the mother she never knew, as many years ago her mother Karen hid out there after murdering her stepfather. In fact, Alice was even conceived up there.Worried about Alice isolating herself from her peers, her family members have all conspired to turn her into a more social animal, starting with a change in her appearance. Alice almost immediately begins dating the most popular boy in school-- yeah, right-- but tragedy strikes and she ends up in more of a dark place than she's ever been before. Deciding she needs to escape her past in order to be her own person, she moves away to live with her Aunt Zipporah and find herself.The story here is an old one, told many times before. The unfortunate thing is that it's, well, a bit boring and repetitive. There isn't much of a plot, just day-to-day living, with an event or two inserted in to break the monotony. Personal growth, with a supportive family to help foster it, isn't terribly exciting. There's no conflict, no struggle besides the one Alice has with herself, and that's just dull.

  • By Yitatasuni on May 16, 2008

    Why was there a need for this V. C. Andrews book? Why do I keep buying them? There are so many problems with this book, where to begin? There must be no one editing these books, because if there was, they would've found the typos, like when Mr. Stein is called "Mr. Stern". No one checks for continuity, either. Okay, if Secrets in the Attic took place in 1962, then Alice would've been born in the 60s, right? By the time she's 16, it would've been the late 70s/early 80s. There's nothing that gives us a feel for that time period. Especially when Alice's classmates tease her and ask her what finally brought her into the 21st Century! Mr. Neiderman has a tendency to write in present day, forgetting what era the book is supposed to take place in. He has done this with other books, too. At some points, the plot seems rushed, like Alice's romance with Craig. Other times, it seems to drag. From the very first page, it's obvious Alice feels sorry for herself. She has no mommy & daddy. Boo hoo. What about the fact that she had grandparents who gave her a loving home? Can you see Cathy (Dollanganger) or Heaven (Casteel) having so much self pity? They were women with real grit, and they had bigger problems than Alice. Oh, and we have another painter. How original. Let's see, who else did that? Ruby and Annie, to name a few. Even the stepback picture is wrong. Mr. Neiderman makes a point of mentioning that Alice is left handed. Yet, in the stepback picture, she's holding the paintbrush in her right hand. I am left handed, myself, and that isn't how I hold a paintbrush.Mr. Neiderman had a chance to further develop the characters of Zipporah and especially Karen. It would've been much more interesting to see what really happened between Karen and her stepfather, and what happened to Karen following the murder.You blew it, Mr. Neiderman.

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