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The silhouette girl
2019
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Born on June 6, 1924 in Portsmouth, Va., Virginia Cleo ("V. C.") Andrews was one of three children of William Henry and Lillian Lilnora. Andrews worked as a commercial fashion and portrait artist for a time. However, after her father's death in the late 1960s and the family's subsequent move to Manchester, Mo, she began what she described as "closet" writing. It was her publisher's decision to use the initials V. C. rather than her full name. This was done for the purpose of neutralizing her gender so as to sell to adult male audiences; the common belief was that men did not like to read books by women writers. <p> Andrews eventually became a full-time writer. Her first novel was a science fiction fantasy entitled The Gods of the Green Mountains, published in 1972. In 1980, she published the bestseller Flowers in the Attic, followed by Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and Garden of Shadows; all of which comprise the Dollanganger Series. <p> Andrews died of breast cancer on December 19, 1986, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. After her death, her family hired a ghost writer, Andrew Neiderman, to finish the manuscripts she had started. He would complete the next two novels, Garden of Shadows and Fallen Hearts, and they were published soon after. These two novels are considered the last to bear the "V. C. Andrews" name and to be almost completely written by Andrews herself. She left a legacy of books that have been sold worldwide and translated into 13 foreign languages. <p> (Bowker Author Biography) V.C. Andrews' novels have sold more than eighty-five million copies and have been translated into sixteen foreign languages. All 38 of V.C. Andrews' novels have hit the New York Times bestseller list. <p> (Publisher Provided)
Fiction/Biography Profile
Characters
Pru Dunning (Female), Nurse, Saved the life of a patient
Douglas Thomas (Male), Pru's patient
Scarletta Barnaby (Female), Student, Middle school student
Doreen (Female), Married, Mother, Scarlette's mother
Raymond (Male), Married, Father, Scarletta's father
Genre
Fiction
Psychological
Suspense
Thriller
Topics
Nurses
Patients
Students
Middle school
Dysfunctional families
Abandonment
Stalking
Setting
Los Angeles, California - West (U.S.)
South Carolina - South (U.S.)
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Publishers Weekly Review

This standalone thriller in the best-selling Andrews franchise (Flowers in the Attic, etc.) places thinly drawn characters in overdone setups. The uncredited author alternates between the stories of L.A. nurse Pru Dunning and South Carolina middle schooler Scarletta Barnaby. Pru may have saved the life of a patient, Douglas Thomas, after noticing that one of her colleagues was about to give him the wrong medicine. The grateful Thomas gives her an extravagant gift, a pearl necklace that once belonged to his mother, and tells her to get used to being thanked by him. Meanwhile, Scarletta's beautiful mother, Doreen, abandons her and her father, Raymond, who begins to creepily recreate Scarletta in Doreen's image. The two narratives begin to overlap when Pru receives disturbing messages on her answering machine from a stalker named Scarletta, who knows much more than she should about Pru. Foreshadowing undercuts the suspense, as when Pru comments that accepting the jewelry was a step "on the road to a... serious, nearly tragic mistake." Still, Andrews's fans should be satisfied. Agent: Al Zuckerman, Writers House. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
From New York Times bestselling author and literary phenomenon V.C. Andrews ( Flowers in the Attic , My Sweet Audrina ) comes a gripping and suspenseful psychological thriller about a stalker hell-bent on destroying a young woman's life. <br> <br> Pru Dunning has everything she ever wanted: a successful boyfriend, a thriving nursing career, and a truly comfortable life. But then the strange voicemails start.<br> <br> Scarletta, the woman calls herself. She seems to know Pru, although Pru certainly doesn't know that name, nor does she recognize the glamorous voice leaving her poisonous messages.<br> <br> Is this the work of jealous revenge from someone at work? An old enemy she has forgotten about? Pru begins to investigate, but carefully--if anyone found out about these lewd, threatening messages, filled with details that no stranger could possibly know, they might suspect that she is something other than an innocent victim. But when she suddenly becomes a person of interest in a murder case, it feels like Scarletta's toxic voice, lashing out from the shadows, will silence all beauty in Pru's perfect life, once and for all.
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