Hello, readers of this blog! My name is Krystal and I am here to bring you a book review of Petals on the Wind by Virginia Andrews. It is the sequel to Flowers in the Attic, which my last book review was for, so feel free to check that out if you haven’t done so already. Without further ado, here we go.
After three long years of being locked in an attic, Cathy, with her siblings Chris and Carrie, has escaped. They are found by a woman called Henrietta “Henny” Beech who brings them to live with her and her grown-up son, Paul Sheffield. They are adopted by him and are given a chance to start afresh. However, even with all the wonderful opportunities at her fingertips, Cathy is still furious at the grandmother who tortured her and the mother who abandoned her. She will do whatever it takes to get her revenge on them.
Much like Flowers in the Attic, this is a pretty dark and controversial novel – perhaps even more so. I love a dark read, but there were times were this was a bit too much for me.
Again, it is excellently written. All of the characters are so wonderfully human. It’ll make you smile at one point, and then it’ll make you cry.
There are more mature themes in this and there is a lot more sexual behaviour. This pretty much centres around Cathy, because she grows up in this one. However, some relationships she gets herself into would be frowned upon by some – fair warning.
The climax is much more shocking and action-packed than that of the first book, but the ending is also a little more hopeful. It makes you believe that there is hope for the characters in the upcoming novels.
If There Be Thorns by Virginia Andrews.