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Return to Book Page. Christopher and Cathy have made a loving home for their handsome and talented teenager Jory, their imaginative nine-year-old Bart, and a sweet baby daughter. Then an elderly woman and her strange butler move in next door. For Cathy and Chris, the horrors of the past have come home…and everything they love may soon be torn from them. Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , pages. Published by Pocket first published November 28th More Details Original Title. Dollanganger 3. Fairfax, California United States.
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Jory specifically mentions this in his final …more If you mean actual seasons, it takes place over the course of one Summer, Fall and Winter in California. Jory specifically mentions this in his final chapter. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Right at the end when Bart is reading Malcolm's journal and Cathy says it's blank and the real one was burnt in a fire, does she mean the recent fire or the fire at foxworth hall years before, in which case the journal Bart had would be always been blank?
Xhex I think it means the recent fire. In which case, Bart needs the journal because it somehow became a part of him. I believe he now knows all the journa …more I think it means the recent fire. I believe he now knows all the journal entries by heart. See all 7 questions about If There Be Thorns…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 05, James rated it liked it Shelves: 3-multi-book-series , 2-fic-young-adult , 1-fiction.
After the first two books, I didn't think you could keep the thrills and suspense going in this series, mostly because one family can only endure so much torture over the years. Surprisingly, I actually found I liked a large part of this book; however, it was a bit excessive and drawn out at times.
The story, told from the perspective of Cathy and Chris' kids, continues the saga of the torture from a wicked grandmother and mother, combining religious beliefs and family values. And it's got a Gothic ending to keep readers enthralled the the concept of "payback's a bitch! This one explores the theme of adoption, when two half brothers explore and learn who their fathers were and who they thought they were. Cathy and Chris are siblings, yet they are in a relationship and raising two kids.
Jory and Bart are examples of good and bad growing up in a loving household, but tortured by the past. When Cathy and Chris' mom re-enters the picture, you know something bad is gonna go down. And it takes one of the boys on a trail of vengeance.
Mostly unrealistic, the books take you on a little jaunt into the wild imaginations of a tortured family who have done nothing but brought on their own destruction. Yes, some of them are innocent; some cross a line not really intending to harm anyone else.
Others are truly out to instill pain, and some are just ill. Finding the balance among the different family members is good entertainment. There really aren't any lessons in these books About Me For those new to me or my reviews I write A LOT.
Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note : All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. View all 10 comments. Feb 12, Matt rated it really liked it Shelves: audiobook.
Chris and Cathy have tried to do this, fleeing the horrors of South Carolina and Virginia for the wonders of California. While both know their fathers have passed on, neither Bart nor Jory realise that Chris is not their true step-father—the story they have been told—and that their mother has been fostering numerous secrets from her past.
When a wealthy woman moves in next door, both boys develop an interest in learning more about their neighbour. This veiled and elderly woman seems to have a full complement of staff, including a curt butler who keeps them away from the wall separating the properties. Bart is presented with a journal from his great-grandfather, Malcolm Foxworth, the patriarch from the original novel in the series who started much of the chaos that has created issues for the past few decades.
Bart begins to exhibit highly troubling behaviours, at times thinking himself Malcolm reincarnated. Torn about how to feel about the revelations, Jory must help extract Bart from the clutches of their grandmother and keep the Foxworth past from tainting their bucolic life in California.
However, as the series fan will know, when it comes to the Dollangangers and Foxworths, nothing is done smoothly or without dramatic flair. As the narrative builds and all secrets are revealed, someone will have to pay as both sides wrestle for control of Jory and Bart and the blood history coursing through their veins.
Another interesting addition by V. Andrews that presents some interesting loose threads for the final novel chronological novel in the series. Series fans may enjoy this one, though some may begin to wonder if things have stretched past their plausible limits.
Andrews continues to spin the web that is this series, she seeks to add depth for her readers. Still, Andrews seems to branch out and create storylines for two characters from the next generation of Dollanganger offspring. Jory and Bart take the reins of narrative control in this piece, permitting the reader to explore their lives as the struggles they both possess. He is also the moral compass as he tries to steer clear of the woman next door, who gives off a vibe of awkwardness and eerie darkness.
His own life is that of a dancer, though he can see his younger brother becoming more and more troublesome. Bart, on the other hand, knows little about the torment that his own conception and birth brought to the family. Now, Bart seems highly susceptible to the wiles of both his maternal grandmother and her sadistic butler, who wants to create a new Malcolm Foxworth.
As Chris and Cindy remain staples in the story, other than the revelation of their ongoing incestuous actions, they play a smaller part of the overall plot. Still, there are some struggles they face with their three children.
Perhaps the least dramatic or shocking of the three books to date, Andrews still takes readers on a rollercoaster ride throughout and tries to plant new and interesting offshoots in the major plot of her series.
With some of the drastic goings-on towards the end of the book, there is no doubt the final novel in the chronological aspect of the series will have much to solve, keeping curious readers enthralled and wondering. In a series that seems to spark much nostalgia for many readers, I am interested to let my adult sensibilities act as a literary sieve to offer some modern sentiments. Kudos, Madam Andrews, for keeping me wondering throughout this piece.
I know some feel things have gone too far off the rails to be plausible, but some suspension of reality is surely expected by you to keep the plots fresh and surprising.
View 2 comments. Nov 23, Sarah Mac rated it it was ok Shelves: zzzleftovers-completed , buddy-reads-r-smrt , i-aint-got-the-words , read-regifted , gloom-and-doom , cover-me-black , uber-disappointing , zzz , punch-a-mime , reviewed.
Just remembered that I never wrote a review for this piece of schlock. Meet Jory: Jory is Cathy's elder son. He's a ballet dancer. He's got a girlfriend. Jory is a fairly balanced individual, all things considered, which means he's frequently befuddled by the flaming bag of crazypants that is his family.
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Their mother, Cathy, is married to Christopher Sheffield. The elder brother, Jory, is a handsome, talented young man who wants to follow his mother in her career in the ballet while the younger Bart is clumsy and accident-prone. Bart feels he is misunderstood by his parents and outshone by Jory. Lonely, Bart befriends an elderly neighbour, who invites him over for cookies and encourages him to call her "Grandmother.
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