The Flowers in the Attic book series continues with a new series-within-the-series, starting with Christopher's Diary: Secrets of Foxworth. In this new modern-day tale, readers are introduced to Kristin Masterwood, whose mother was a distant relative of Malcolm Foxworth and the Dollanganger children. Kristin's father is hired to look into the remains of Foxworth Hall, and on one of these expeditions, he finds an old diary. Intrigued, Kristin begins to read it and discovers that it was the diary of Christopher Dollanganger, the oldest of the four children who had been locked in the attic at Foxworth Hall. Kristin's dad doesn't want her reading the diary, but she persists, and soon she's finding parallels between Christopher's life and her own life.
The way the book ends, well, I assume that the second book in this series is going to be soft-core porn.
If you're a fan of Flowers in the Attic and the subsequent books, you'll probably enjoy this new take on the story. But much of it will be familiar to you because it really is just a re-telling of what happened in the first book. There's not a whole lot of action happening in Kristin's world because she spends most of her time reading the diary. Kristin does have a boyfriend, Kane, and some nosy, gossipy friends, but that action doesn't take up a whole lot of room in the novel.
Another issue I had with the book is that this is apparently set in the present-day, but up until a reference to a cell phone, I thought it was taking place in the 1980s. What other time period but the '80s and '90s did anyone refer to kids who hung out at the mall as "mall rats"? The dialogue, especially from Kristin and her teenage friends, didn't feel realistic or modern. Perhaps my favorite Kristin quote is this one: "I knew they were thinking Kane and I had been dilly-dallying and that was why we were late." And what present-day 17-year-old boy knows the lyrics to songs from Grease?
I liked the original Flowers in the Attic, but I'm just not really feeling this new extension of the series.
Christopher's Diary: Secrets of Foxworth is published by Pocket Books and is on bookstore shelves now. I received a free review copy of the book for my honest review.