At the top of the stairs there are four secrets hidden. Blond, beautiful, innocent and struggling to stay alive…
They were the perfect family, perfect father and mother, the perfect kids, blond and beautiful with brilliant futures, with the world at their hands. But not everything that shine is golden, and behind those beautiful faces, there are secrets, terrible truths that must be kept hidden.
On one tragic day, the world of the Dollanganger kids –the Dresden Dolls as the neighbors calls them- is shattered. Their dad dies, and their stay at home mother, who never worked a single day in her life, doesn’t know what to do with them, how is she going to maintain four kids? So a decision was taken, and leaving behind her pride, she asked the help of her parents, who were very rich, the parents who casted her away when she decided to marry Christopher Dollanganger.
She must gain her father’s love once more, and deal with her terrible mother, but for that, the kids should remain hidden, not for long, she said, only a day or two, just enough so her father forgives her and accept them.
But one night became days, and then swell into agonizing months, and years without the kids going outside, hidden from everyone, playing only on a dirty attic without being able to see the sun or the flowers.
Cathy, Chris and the little twins, Cory and Carrie, would be left at the mercy of their cruel and very religious grandmother, while their mother…who knows what is she doing.
I saw the movie years ago, and I found it quite disturbing, still I wanted to read the book for a long, long time, and finally I did it.
This book, since the beginning touched me in so many ways, first I felt in love with the image of the perfect family, I adored the father, liked the mother a lot and loved the kids
But I knew this wasn’t a book of happy endings, and just like the movie kind of showed a tiny little part, the book portrait the most terrible human nature. Dishonesty, twisted relationships and what’s even more, avarice, to the point that a person is willing to sacrifice everything just to inherit.
The story is heartbreaking, is crude, and the author made an excellent job to connect with the reader. You feel the pain as yours, the terrible things the kids must suffer, the attitude of their mother, the cruelty of their grandmother and the realization of what really is happening and the reasons! OMG it was so indignant and terrible!
Twisted as it is, it’s really good, the descriptions were more than enough, and the empathy for the kids, the frustrations, the suffering the pain is just there, creeping in you when you read it.
The characters were rich and present a variety of emotions that would make you love them or hate them, or be in between, feel sorry and sad and sick and amazed by them.
In a spoiler note, I just going to say that OMG I never hated a character so much as I did with Corrine, well that’s all.
Still, even when I gave this book 5 stars, I wouldn’t recommended to everyone, since there are certain themes that would be triggering or quite hard for sensitive readers.