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on 3 June 2015
Do you like reading about incest? Well, the author certainly likes writing about it! And it only has consequences if your hateful family find out and judge you!
Flippancy aside, this book is certainly readable, if rather simply written and repetitive (though I accept it's meant to be from a young teenage girl's point of view). There was just something rather creepy about the depiction of incest; almost as though the act is not inherently bad, but that the angry, judgemental responses of one's family are what spoil and poison it. Which is a rather unsettling message. (I also read reviews of Andrews' later books, and they only served to reinforce this impression, though Flowers in the Attic can and of course should be judged as a stand-alone novel.)