Author: V.C. Andrews
*I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review*
Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Pocket Star (February 22, 2011)
In the eye of the storm . . .
Living on the streets with her destitute mother, selling knickknacks and trinkets just to survive, Sasha Porter dreams of someday having a normal life, with a real house and family. But she never dreamed a devastating tragedy would bring her those very things: on a stormy night by a rainspattered highway, a speeding car veers out of control, striking and killing her mother and badly injuring Sasha.
. . . is anywhere truly safe?
In the hospital, Sasha is whisked off to a fancy private suite at the request of wealthy Mrs. Jordan March, a complete stranger who keeps watch by Sasha’s bedside and insists she come live at her family’s sprawling, luxurious mansion. Sasha soon learns Mrs. March never recovered from the loss of her daughter Alena, and with nowhere else to go, Sasha agrees to use Alena’s room, sleep in her bed, and wear her clothes. But someone will make sure that Sasha never takes Alena’s place: a jealous sister dead set on making Sasha’s life a living hell.
This is the first book I have read by well known author V.C. Andrews. She is famous for her Flowers in the Attic series, but I never had a chance to check them out and read them. When I was offered this novel for review, I figured it would be a good place to start and work my way backwards through her books.
While I really enjoyed the first couple of chapters in this book, it really started to stall after that. It seemed to stretch on and on with no real progression in the plot. After Sasha and her Mother are hit by a car, Sasha wakes up in the hospital and learns that her Mother didn’t make it. They were homeless and therefore without insurance so she wasn’t really receiving the treatment she deserved. When Mrs. Marsh shows up in her hospital room and moves her to a private room, she is curious to know why she is helping her. Mrs. Marsh reveals that her daughter Kiera was the one that hit them with her car while intoxicated with drugs. Mrs. Marsh is very wealthy and insists that Sasha come live with her and her family so she can have a proper home and wonderful life. Sasha is hesitant in moving in with her because she feels it to be a betrayal to her Mothers memory to live in the same house as the person who caused all the heartache.
After Sasha moves into the home though, she realizes Mrs. Marsh has some ulterior motives for her being there. She seems to be replacing her daughter Alena with Sasha after Alena passed away awhile back. Sasha is living in her room, wearing her clothes, and even being treated like Alena by Mrs. Marsh.
The book is predictable and rather quite boring after Sasha is moved into the house. I struggled with finishing this book and was just thankful when it ended. If this is any indication of what the other books by this author are like, then I am not too sure I will be picking up anymore.
I did not like this book at all! 1 STAR
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