I read this book in my youth, in its hay day of popularity & decided to revisit it when I saw it was being made into a miniseries this year. This is the first novel in the Dollanganger Family Series. The story follows four young children (narrated by the eldest daughter Cathy) when their seemingly perfect life is up-ended by tragedy and results in them being locked in an attic, hidden from the world. This book will not go down in history as a literary classic, but it isn’t a trashy, poorly written novel either. The story is captivating and the main characters are endearing. There are themes in the book that have caused controversy over the years, but in my opinion, this is a good summer read.
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Review Submitted by: Liana Thompson