Secrets in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
Hardback: 374 pages
Inspiration: VCA 2009 Challenge
I decided to read a newer V.C. Andrews for my second challenge book and continue with the Dollangangers later. I got intrigued with the "attic" in the title.
In the dust and shadows of the attic, they shared everything -- fanciful stories, high school crushes, plans for the future, dreams to travel the world. For Karen, the attic is her escape from the reality of her stepfather's unwanted attention. Together in the eaves of a house with its own murderous history, the best friends concoct a scheme that will put Karen's stepfather in his place. It wasn't supposed to turn deadly. But in the attic Karen shares one more secret with her best friend -- a secret to take to the grave....
Secrets in the Attic was published in 2007 so it is fairly recent. The story was okay. Nothing too shocking comes of it. The main character, Zipporah, has a cool name. She is your ordinary girl who doesn't have any special talents. Her innocence and naive nature is what draws the "bad gal" character, Karen. Zipporah gets manipulated to become Karen's best friend which in the end entails more than your average girly-girl fun.
The end of the story is wrapped up nice and neat without too much harm coming to Zipporah. Of course, Zipporah's friendship with Karen caused her to abruptly lose her childhood innocence. However, I'm left with the question of what's the deal with Karen? Was she a product of poor parentage or was she a loony? Because enquiring minds want to know, I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the Secrets series, Secrets in the Shadows.
Secrets in the Attic
Secrets in the Shadows