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Not essential but still efficient
on 28 July 2006
I don't think "Garden of Shadows" is essential reading for fans of "Flowers", but it explains a lot about the source of Cathy & Chris's incestuous desires nonetheless. What left deeper impressions on me are the extreme religious fervour of John Amos, and the mystery of whether Malcolm Foxworth actually knew about Corrine's 4 children before his death. I also cannot wait for this whole book (as Olivia'a diary) to be opened or published to the remaining younger members of the Dollangranger family 25 years later (maybe in "Thorns" or "Seeds"), and observe their reactions to the truth that haunted Olivia to her fatal stroke at the end of "Petals". Overall, worth reading for the brilliant descriptions of light and darkness to symbolise good & evil.