Out of the Attic is the second book featuring Corrine Dixon and Garland Foxworth. They have now been married for 5 years and Corrine has taken on the duty of being the mistress of Foxworth Hall. They have a son named Malcolm who was named after Garland's mother's father. Everything about the outward appearance of family is important. Corrine has never really bonded with Malcolm because his is cared for by her personal maid, Dora Clifford.
Malcolm is a spoiled child and acts out to garner attention. One scene has him pretending to run up into the attic, so Corrine goes chasing after him, only to find that he locked her in. Corrine finds herself alone for the majority of the time, and eventually finds that Garland is not always involved in business, she has heard rumors and starts doing research on a Catherine Francis to find out how involved her husband is with this woman. Corrine sets out to make a lasting impression of herself and speaks to Garland about getting her portrait done. She knows of an artist from the local women, and she hires Beau to make a piece of art that will hang in Foxworth Hall like all the other ancestral portraits, but this one will be far different.
It's great to get a deeper look into why Corrine is the way she is. This book will have you continuing your thoughts on how evil she can be if you read the Flowers in the Attic series, and then changing you mind and feeling compassion towards the things that she had to endure to be the wife of Garland Foxworth. If you love the Dollanganger series you will want to read this book to understand the history of the family and why this family takes the path that they take.
Disclosure: Thank you to Gallery Books for providing me with a complimentary copy of this e-book for review purposes. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.