The Grownup by Gillian Flynn Review

guPlot According to Goodreads: A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection; however, when the “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, doesn’t help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.

My Thoughts: I have read all three of Gillian Flynn’s books and have given them 4 or 5 out of 5 stars (Gone Girl is one of my favorite books of all time). So naturally, I was thrilled to find The Grownup as a book for request on Blogging for Books. It originally appeared as “What Do You Do?” in George R. R. Martin’s Rogues anthology. I knew it was a short story but was surprised at how small the book was when I received it. It’s 62 pages, but Flynn packs a big punch into every paragraph. The story was just okay for me. I think my expectations were higher than they should have been. I am not normally a fan of short stories because I don’t feel like I have enough time to fall into the story. For this book, I was able to get into the story quickly but my main issue is that it felt unfinished. It has the trademark twist that Gillian Flynn is great at but I’m not sure it worked with this story. I wanted more…she leaves the ending to the reader’s imagination but I felt as though there weren’t enough details for me to complete the story.

Overall, I’m glad that I read it, but it didn’t live up to Gillian Flynn’s other books.

My rating: 3/5 stars

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

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