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If There Be Thorns (1981)
by V.C. Andrews
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0671729454, Mass Market Paperback)Chris and Cathy made such a loving home for fourteen-year-old Jory -- so handsome, so gentle. And for Bart,who had such a dazzling imagination for a nine year old.
Then the lights came on in the house next door. Soon the Old Lady in Black was there, watching them, guarded by her strange old butler. Soon she had Bart over for cookies and ice cream and asked him to call her "Grandmother".
And soon Bart's transformation began...
Fed by the hint of terrible things about his mother and father...leading him into shocking acts of violence.
Now while this little boy trembles on the edge of madness, his anguished parents await the climax to a horror that flowered in an attic long ago, a horror whose thorns are still wet with blood, still tipped with fire.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 14 Feb 2013 13:54:05 -0500)
Follows "Flowers in the Attic" and "Petals on the Wind." Chris and Cathy, still plagued by past horrors, try to raise Jory and Bart as they are watched by a mysterious Lady in Black next door.
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