- Audio CD: 1 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged edition (18 June 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1508287317
- ISBN-13: 978-1508287315
- Boxed-product Weight: 236 g
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Gates of Paradise: The Casteel Series, book 4 Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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About the Author
V. C. Andrews (1923-1986) has been a bestselling phenomenon since the publication of Flowers in the Attic, which was followed by four more Dollanganger family novels: Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and Garden of Shadows. Since then, readers have been captivated by more than seventy novels in her bestselling series, which have sold more than 106 million copies and have been translated into more than twenty-five foreign languages.
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I read this book because of the My Favorite Murder podcast (SSDGM), and what the actual heck did I read? This book is wild. I can see why this book was popular in the 80s but, now, in 2017, it’s altogether problematic.
First of all, the gang r*pe of a nine-year-old girl. Need I say more?
Then, the blatant lying to her by her parents in an effort to brainwash her of her memories, her mother scrubbing her raw in the bathtub after she was raped, her father’s continual abuse to basically every woman in his life, the sexual contact between a fourteen-year-old girl and grown man whom she runs away with, and the mistreatment of the mentally disabled sister. There’s pretty much nothing in this book that didn’t make me cringe.
The thing that gave me mixed feelings the most, though, was the scene in the graveyard at the end. Audrina, obviously, has serious issues with sex throughout the novel so, as someone with PTSD, that scene felt so extremely unreal and almost disrespectful. It felt as though Andrews had no idea what it is really like for someone who has lived a traumatic experience, and as though she was just writing straight from her butt. I understood the concept she was going for, but it really missed the mark for me.
This was a good mystery, for sure, and I can certainly understand why young teenagers in the 80s found this novel to be so enticing, but as a thirty-three-year-old woman in 2017, I was unimpressed.
Andrews could write, I’ll give her that, and she can craft a good story, but this was not for me. I definitely see why Karen and Georgia picked this to read on the podcast, and it’ll make for some good, hilarious discussion.
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