The prequel to the Dollanganger series, Garden of Shadows, by V.C. Andrews gives us light into their twisted world. Following the grandmother as she falls for Malcolm Foxworth. Handsome and smart she is grateful to be saved from spinsterhood. However, soon after their marriage she finds the Foxworth family is not as they seemed. From the moment she becomes pregnant with her first child, Malcolm starts to treat her with disdain and going as far as to lust after the maid. Soon, Olivia starts to become the cold leading the vivacious woman to become the evil grandmother we meet in Flowers in the Attic.