I have just re-read the above, read it years ago in high school. Was surprised at how good the writing is, but the story, goodness, would any mother really do this? I like how the story is narrated from Cathy's perspective, and the grandmother turns out to be kinder than the mother...yikes what a saga. Have seen the first film adaptation, not the second. Memories anyone, re this odd yet strangely endearing series? V C Andrews certainly knew how to yarn spin and how to write. Compelling!