The Grownup – Gillian Flynn

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. – Goodreads.com

 

Gillian Flynn is by far one of my favourite authors. I spend a lot of time eagerly awaiting a new book.

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I had no idea that The Grownup existed until I happened to see it sitting on the shelf in K-Mart. Black with neon text and a very inviting price. Gillian Flynn has become an auto-buy author for me so I knew I had to have it before I even read the blurb.

The Grownup is a very quick and trhilling read, using the creepy image of a (figurative) demon child. Who isn’t afraid of killer or crazy kids?

I read this quite a while ago and surprisingly didn’t like it as much as her longer novels on my first read through but the more I think about the story, the more I enjoy the premise and want to read it again.

The ending was ambiguous – leaving the reader just as manipulated and confused as the protagonist.

I will definitely reread this one at some point, perhaps this summer, when I’ve made more of a dent in my unread TBR.

Pros

  • Creepy AF
  • Gillian Flynn

Cons

  • Not quite a con but definitely needs a reread to really get the story/ending
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