Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Forbidden Sister by V.C. Andrews

Emmie Wilcox was only six when her older sister, Roxy, was thrown out of their New York City apartment. Their stern father’s military-style rules left no room for rebellion, and Roxy was continually defiant and rebellious. Emmie, now an outstanding student at a private school, is obedient, respectful, a fille parfaite, as her Parisian-born mother lovingly calls her. Two sisters, total opposites—yet Emmie is secretly obsessed with the mystery and imposed silence surrounding Roxy: What had she finally done to deserve being cast out of her home? Where is she now? Emmie can’t help but wonder if there is a hidden side to her that resembles Roxy’s defiant nature. Sometimes she fantasizes that she is more like Roxy than she appears. Sometimes she wants to be. She wants excitement, and being a good girl all the time is harder than it seems. Finally learning that Roxy is a highly paid escort to wealthy and powerful men, Emmie goes behind her father’s back to track down and spy on the sister she can’t help but be fascinated with, a sister whose influence might run deeper than Emmie ever dreamed.

A new V.C. Andrews book - who can say no that has read them before? I loved the Flowers in the Attic books but the later series didn't do it for me.  Then when Andrews passed away, I picked one up again.  Entertaining, to say the least, but I wasn't as invested as I was previously.  However, something about sisters (me being one of three) always perks my interest, so I picked up Forbidden Sister.

Emmie and Roxy are sisters, but Roxy is the 'bad' child and Emmie the 'good girl'.  Roxy's father tossed her out a few years ago and Emmie never understood why.  Her father implores her to be a good girl and Emmie has done a decent job of it.  But in the back of her mind she always wonders where her sister is and what she did that was so bad, she left.

Older now, she decides to find her sister and her reasons for being so defiant.  But when she finds Roxy and what her current profession is, she is not only intrigued, she wonders if she is anything like her sister at all.  She doesn't approach her at first, but watches.  What transpires is unexpected.

I will definitely be looking for the next book in this series.  Although Emmie is a bit spineless, she eventually does become into her own, but I'm really intrigued with Roxy.  The characters are well developed, even if I didn't like the parents.  The pace is steady and the writing was seamless, leaving the reader with a drama-filled, intriguing read.  Definitely enjoyed this one!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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