In junior high, there was one author's work that I was obsessed with (well, more like a ghostwriter's but you get the idea): V. C. Andrews. Even her name was cool!
The first book that lured me into her world of incest, murder, torture, orphans, twins, kidnappings, mansions, evil half-sisters, and creepy grandparents was FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC.
Remember you flipped open the cover and saw a picture of the whole twisted family? I loved those pictures!
It was actually my best friend at the time, April, who introduced me to these books. I have to give credit where it's due. :)
After I saw the movie, I was off to read the entire Dollanganger family series.
That first series was just the beginning -- HEAVEN was waiting for me! MORE sadistically twisted familial tales!
Yes, my mother knew what I was reading at ages 12-13 along with my LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE series (which I also loved), but I'm not sure she knew the extent of the twistedness of the books. But even if she did, she's a good mom and would've trust us girls (my sis and I) to read them anyway (no, I have not become a murderous, rich grandmama).
The DAWN series was next for me. Looking back, how did I do it? Each series really was the same except for the color of the MCs' hair....
Fess up -- who else out there read all these books?
Deena, Miss Subbing for Pubbing