Flowers in the Attic is the first of the Dollangangers series. It's also the first best selling novel from V.C. Andrews. After spending the last decade writing romantic pulp novels under several pen names, she struck gold with this novel. Andrews used family history and gossip in creating an environment for the fictional family of the Foxworths and Dollangangers. The first version of the novel was sent back to her by the publisher asking Andrews to "spice" up the manuscript. After several rewrites, the book was published and the rest is history.
Cathy Dollanganger seems to have the perfect life. A loving brother, a beautiful mother and a handsome happy go lucky father who spoils them all. The stork comes along bringing along with it twins. Four children so perfect in appearance that the family friends call them The Dresden Dolls. But tragedy strikes the family. Big Poppa is killed in a car accident and the mother (who has no skills at all) makes a choice to either go to the poor house or make up with her estranged wealthy parents (who have disowned her since she married her husband). Promises of riches dance in their heads as the children move away with Momma to the Foxworth Mansion. No one can imagine the horror that awaits them.
A Gothic horror classic. Such an original plot that'll creep you out. Followed by the sequel Petals on the Wind.