Whitefern is the long awaited sequel to My Sweet Audrina by V.C. Andrews. After nearly a quarter of a century we now get a look into Audrina’s life as an adult after she had found out the secret that her family had hidden from her for her entire life.
Picking up Audrina’s story after her father has passed away Audrina is still living in the Whitefern mansion raising her mentally challenged sister Sylvia and married to Arden. Audrina’s father has left controlling interest of the business to her causing Arden to pressure her into signing it over and Sylvia is making progress in life and developed an interest in art.
Whitefern was actually better than I had expected it to be but to me still not quite as good as the earlier works written by Ms. Andrews herself. This was one of the better stories that I’ve read since the ghostwriter had taken over writing under the V.C. Andrews name though.
Somehow when reading along though I kept getting the feeling of deja vu as if I had read this book before. I can’t think of any particular book the events in the story remind me of so I’m almost wondering if it weren’t just the predictability of the story that made me feel I knew what was coming. Part of the edge missing from this one also may have been the lack of Vera in the story as she centered around a lot of the earlier controversy in My Sweet Audrina.
Also, I kind of felt all throughout the story that Sylvia’s character felt a bit off for the way she’s described. In the earlier book it was written that Audrina was trying to teach her to be as normal as possible but in this continuation it seems a bit contradictory at times in how she is written. One minute it’s said she is still completely dependent but the next speaking in full sentences and carrying on a normal conversation along with doing a lot of things that I wouldn’t expect.
Overall, a bit predictable but not too bad overall of a continuation from the earlier work. Almost as if this was a duller version of the first gripping novel, not quite up to the standards of the first but closer than some of the other later works from the ghostwriter era.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.