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Melody Logan knew her beautiful mother, Haille, was unhappy in their hardscrabble mining town.... note 
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The Logan series is a series of novels published under the name of V. C. Andrews, but written entirely by the ghostwriter who had previously written sequels to several of Andrews's novels.

The first three novels feature Melody Logan. The fourth is a prequel featuring her cousin Laura, a Posthumous Character in the first book. The fifth book is another prequel featuring Melody's great-aunt Olivia.

Novels in the series:

  • Melody (1996)
  • Heart Song (1997)
  • Unfinished Symphony (1997)
  • Music in the Night (1998)
  • Olivia (1999)

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This series contains examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Olivia Logan is emotionally abusive and neglectful of anyone who defies her, including her son Chester and her adopted daughter Haille. Jacob seems to take after her in this regard and treats his son Cary quite coldly, even beating him at times. His treatment of his youngest daughter May can be considered neglectful since he doesn't really communicate with her and orders Sara to do most of the work in regard to her. Sara also has moments where she seems neglectful of May as well, trapped in her grief of Laura more often than not to pay attention to the fact that she still has a living daughter who needs a lot of love and attention.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: Adam Jackson is an outright Jerkass. He and Melody thankfully don't stay together for many reasons.
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  • Bedlam House: Belinda Logan ends up in one.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Holly acts as a genderflipped one to Melody.
  • Christmas Cake: Olivia Gordon marries Samuel Logan mainly to show that she can land a wealthy man like her sister, but also because she is almost too old for marriage. (She mentions that it had been commented on and that all her old schoolfriends are now married.)
  • Evil Matriarch: Olivia.
  • Faking the Dead: When Laura loses her memory in the boating accident, Olivia has her committed to an asylum and tells everyone, including Laura's own parents and siblings, that Laura drowned alongside Robert. Later, Cary and Melody find out about this and want to rescue Laura, but by this time she has died for real.
    • Haille ends up doing this when everyone believes she died in a car accident, and she takes on the name Gina Simon as her new identity.
  • Freudian Excuse: Olivia Logan is given one in the prequel Olivia to explain why she was so cruel and domineering towards Melody. It's also shown in Music in the Night that Laura's death had a profound effect on Olivia that probably made her worse toward Melody.
    • When he thought he was about to die, Jacob revealed to Melody how he felt he was responsible for the person Haille became as it's implied he raped Haille when she was thirteen. Many of Haille's destructive tendencies however arguably surfaced after she found out that she was the illegitimate child of Judge Childs, making her the half-sister of her beloved boyfriend, Kenneth Childs.
  • The Fundamentalist: Jacob Logan.
  • Granola Girl: Kenneth's girlfriend Holly.
  • Half-Identical Twins: In Music in the Night, Cary and Laura were once this way until Laura began trying to develop her own identity.
  • Kissing Cousins: Melody and Cary are cousins, but they fall in love anyway. Then they find out they're second cousins.
  • Littlest Cancer Patient: May Logan is a variation of this (deaf, rather than a cancer sufferer). She's treated quite poorly by her father and grandmother as well as occasionally neglected by her mother.
  • Marriage Before Romance: Averted in Olivia. Olivia doesn't love Samuel Logan when she marries him, but believes they will develop deeper feelings and a solid marriage is the best foundation for a later romance. This doesn't happen, and later backfires on her; when she falls in love with Nelson Childs, she is already married.
  • Meaningful Name: Melody can play the fiddle extremely well.
  • Musical Theme Naming: "Melody", "Song", "Symphony", "Music"
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: Haille attempts to launch a movie career in her late 30s yet looks young enough to get away with pretending she's at least ten years younger than her age and that teenage Melody is her younger sister.
  • Odd Name Out: The book collections have names with a noticeable theme—"Flowers", "Petals", "Garden" (floral), "Heaven", "Angel", "Paradise" (religious), "Dawn", "Morning", "Midnight" (day), "Ruby", "Jewel", "Pearl" (gemstones). This series clearly has a musical motif—"Melody", "Song"—so a simple name like "Olivia" as opposed to the others really stands out.
  • Pillow Pregnancy: Takes place in Olivia.
  • Posthumous Narration: Music in the Night concludes with Laura narrating as she dies.
  • Rape as Drama: Implied that this might have happened with Jacob and Haille.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Aunt Sarah at first tries to turn Melody into a replacement for Laura, giving her Laura's clothes to wear and saying things like "That's just what Laura would have done," "Laura didn't wear her hair like this." May also be the case with Melody's love interest Cary, who is heavily implied to have been in love with Laura (his own twin sister).
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Melody's stepfather, Chester Logan, sacrificed everything for Haille. He was the only one who stood by Haille when the latter's out of wedlock pregnancy was exposed, and as a result was not only disowned by the Logan family but became an Unperson as well. His love and devotion to Haille took him from a wealthy lifestyle in Massachusetts to working in a coal mine and living in a trailer park in West Virginia. But Chester worked hard for his family without complaint, and also raised Melody as his own daughter and loved her unconditionally. Unfortunately, Haille was far from grateful for the sacrifices he made for her and did little to hide just how miserable she was with how their lives were. Tragically he would die in a coal mining accident, and while many people mourned his death (most especially Melody), the rest of the Logan family did not attend his funeral. Nor did Olivia remove Chester's status as an Unperson. Furthermore Haille, the one person who turned his whole life upside down, reacted to his death as though she were finally free from a burden, leading her to hook up with an "agent" named Archie with whom she carries on a sexual relationship within just a few short months of Chester's death, and dumping Melody with their estranged family.
  • Stage Mom: When Melody tracks down Haille, who is now trying to make her name as a model/actress, Haille pushes Melody to go to auditions so they can make more money. Played with in that Haille is lying about her age to further her career and pretends that she's actually Melody's older sister.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Laura and Robert.
  • Surprise Incest: Adam Jackson, the Jerkass who tried to make Melody one of his conquests, is Melody's half-brother thanks to Haille having a one-night stand with his father: teen rebel turned lawyer Theodore "Teddy" Jackson.
  • Together in Death: Laura and Robert.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth:
    • Laura Logan.
    • Robert Royce.
  • Twincest: Cary Logan is all but explicitly stated to have been in love with his twin sister Laura.
  • Uptown Girl: Laura for Robert, causing Olivia to try to separate them.
    • Cary for Melody

Alternative Title(s): Music In The Night

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