This whole book made me...uncomfortable. The incestuous overtones that are present throughout DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS vary from subtle to overt. It's big time creepy, and not in the fun paranormal way that we all love. More like Dracula meets Sister Wives.
The main characters were also somewhat off-putting: Daddy for the obvious reasons, Lorelei for her sheep-to-the-slaughter mentality that was so naïve and worshipful of Daddy that I cringed constantly when she went on and on about competing with her other sexpot sisters for the position of being Daddy's best daughter. And we can't forget the uber boring and needy romantic interest who was declaring his undying love on the second date.
There were a couple of redeeming aspects of DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS. The question of who/what Daddy is and the nature of his kind along with the mystery of his daughters (where did they all come from & what is their `final destiny'?) was genuinely intriguing and well plotted.
Despite there being no love lost between me and any of these characters, I had to know how the story ended. I had some suspicions, but the last chapter was truly shocking and very V.C. Andrews. If you're a fan of the books published under the Andrews name, you'll probably like the unsettling nature of DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS, but itwasn't for me.
Sexual Content: A couple brief, non graphic sex scenes. Discussion of incest.
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I am a 20-something book lover with an obsession for all things urban fantasy. I cut my teeth on the paranormal genre withBuffyandTwilightbefore discoveringPatricia Briggs and Ilona Andrews. Suffice … more
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When I was a little girl, Daddy told me never to fear the dark. “We exist because of the darkness,” he told me. “All of you are daughters of darkness.”Beloved bestselling author V.C. Andrews’s passion for vampires comes to spellbinding life in a long-awaited novel of dark desires as all-consuming—and forbidden—as inFlowers in the Attic. One night, with the sound of a young man’s scream, high school senior Lorelei discovers that her stern but loving father, who adopted Lorelei and her sisters as infants, is no ordinary man. He has raised his beautiful girls for one purpose: to lure young men into their world of shadows. Like her sisters, Lorelei has been trained in the art of seduction and warned never to fall in love. But when she meets a handsome and charming classmate, she boldly defies her family and follows her heart—eveniflove is a poison. . . .Dangerously enticing and deliriously intoxicating, V.C. Andrews’sDaughter of Darknesswill leave readers thirsting for more.