Monday, 11 March 2013

Review: Forbidden Sister by VC Andrews

The release of a new VC Andrews novel is an exciting time. For diehard fans like me, there is always that tiny spark of hope that finally, this will be the novel that lives up to the legacy created by the original author, despite the number of disappointing releases that have flooded our shelves for the past few years. Capturing Angels, Into the Darkness, Cloudburst, Daughter of Darkness, the two novel Heavenstone series ... 

Fortunately, Forbidden Sister is not another disappointment. Set in New York, Forbidden Sister tells the story of Emmie, a fifteen-year-old from a strict family. Emmie has an older sister, Roxy, who she is forbidden to speak about since her father cast her out of their home. When Emmie learns that Roxy is living nearby and working as a high class call girl she cannot resist learning more about her older sister.

While by no means perfect, I found Forbidden Sister to be one of the most enjoyable V.C. Andrews novels I have read since Into the Garden was released in the late 1990s. For once, the novel contained a female lead I actually cared about, instead of simply wondering how she could be so stupid over and over. Of course, there were plenty of flaws--the deaths of each of the Wilcox parents seemed to be a bit too convenient for the plot and I would have liked to have seen some conflict or some kind of meeting between Roxy and her father before he died--just as I would have liked to have seen Emmie stand up to her father. I found the mother to be a rather spineless character and I think that she could have tried harder to contact her long-lost daughter. Oh and there was some dud boyfriend who eventually revealed himself to be a complete douche bag, but I found him to be more of a distraction to an otherwise interesting plot.

Overall, this one was an enjoyable enough read for a public holiday weekend (yes, in Adelaide we really do have a public holiday today for a horse race,) and remains the best VC Andrews release in recent years. And once again, Mr Neiderman, I love the fact that you slipped a "No worries" in there.

Here's hoping that the sequel, Roxy's Story is just as enjoyable if not better.