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Jealousy, tragedy, survival, and revenge - the discovery of Christopher's diary in the ruins of Foxworth Hall brings new secrets of the Dollanganger family to light and obsesses a new generation. With Flowers in the Attic and Petals on the Wind both now major Lifetime TV events, the first new Dollanganger stories in nearly 30 years is a timely look at the events in the attic - from teenage Christopher's point of view.
Christopher Dollanganger was 14 when he and his younger siblings - Cathy and the twins, Cory and Carrie - were locked away in the attic of Foxworth Hall, prisoners of their mother's greedy inheritance scheme. For three long years he kept hope alive for the sake of the others. But the shocking truth about how their ordeal affected him was always kept hidden - until now.
Seventeen-year-old Kristin Masterwood is thrilled when her father's construction company is hired to inspect the Foxworth property for a prospective buyer. The once grand Southern mansion still sparks legends and half-truths about the four innocent Dollanganger children, even all these decades later. Foxworth holds a special fascination for Kristin, who was too young when her mother died to learn much about her distant blood tie to the notorious family.
Accompanying her dad to the "forbidden territory", they find a leather-bound book, its yellowed pages filled with the neat script of Christopher Dollanganger himself. Her father grows increasingly uneasy about her reading it, but as she devours the teen's story page by page, his shattering account of temptation, heartache, courage, and betrayal overtakes Kristin's every thought. And soon her obsession with the doomed boy crosses a dangerous line....
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By Isis Chandler on 01-29-15
V.C. Andrews is rolling over in her grave.
What disappointed you about Christopher's Diary: Echoes of Dollanganger?
I’m so scared for our lives. We have to get out of here NOW before we die! Let me just take some time to write 50 pages in my diary before we go.This was the most long winded boring book I’ve ever read. If you removed all the unnecessary parts of this book and its prequel, it might make one, slightly interesting book. Most of this book is filler as the main teenage Protagonist Kristen, analyzes over and over again, how reading Christopher’s Diary effects every single part of her life. Her father is worried about her reading it because he doesn’t want it to uncover any of their family secrets, as she is a distant relative of the Foxworths. Since there is no real conflict in this book, her father’s concern, has to be mentioned at least 10 times per chapter, as does Kristen’s paranoia that one of her friends is going to find out about the diary. Besides that, the diary has no real impact on Kristen’s life and the plot is forced and ridiculous.As Kristen and her boyfriend Kane read the diary, I kept waiting for some new mysteries about what happened to the Dollanganger children to be revealed. I was disappointed as Christopher’s Diary is a complete retelling of Flowers in the Attic. It offer’s absolutely NOTHING new. Christopher’s sexual feelings for his sister, are explored since this book is from his point of view. But since his feelings for Cathy are clearly obvious in Flowers in the Attic, this book offers NOTHING new about their relationship.Also, during their last days in the attic, as Chris and Cathy were planning their escape, it is highly unlikely that Chris would have time to write page after page in a diary he was planning to leave behind.
Would you ever listen to anything by V.C. Andrews again?
If V.C. Andrews was REALLY the one who wrote it, yes.
Would you be willing to try another one of Rebekkah Ross and Kirby Heyborne ’s performances?
The voice acting was great.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
ANGERThe last scene of the book is so ridiculous, and it makes the plots of all the Flower’s Sequels impossible, as a character whose death impacts every character in the original Dollanganger series, suddenly never really died.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Simone on 12-30-15
A particularly humorous reviewer gave this book “negative infinity stars” and I must agree!!!!
I don’t know what’s more amazing: just how BAD the story was, or the fact that I read it on purpose knowing it was probably not going to be good… still… I underestimated to what level of bad a story could sink.
Book 1 essentially sucked, but what kept me going and tempted me to read Book 2 was the idea that there would be another side to the original story and there is!!... but it seems I’ll have to slog through Book 3 to read it.
This story was so preposterous!!! Basically, a girl stumbles upon Chris’ diary and she and her boyfriend decide to not only read it together but re-enact it! WHY!!!!! They run up to the attic together in secret and set up furniture and costumes and read aloud… Dear Lord, it’s so stupid.
Not only this that idea laughable, but the fervour the boyfriend has for the re-enactment is not only totally absurd and insane – it’s restraining order worthy! He gets SO into it that he even has a wig custom made to make him look/feel more like Chris while reading…. I don’t know about you, but if I stumbled up that I’d run for the hills; that’s sicko behaviour!
It’s so stupefyingly bad, I don’t care to waste more time knocking it down.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful