Gillian Flynn - The Grownup Review

Sunday, 13 December 2015


A young woman is making a living, faking it as a cut-price psychic working at Spiritual Palms (with some illegal soft-core sex work on the side). She makes a decent wage - mostly by telling people what they want to hear. But then she meets Susan Burke. Susan moved to the city one year ago with her husband and 15-year old stepson Miles. They live in a Victorian house called Carterhook Manor, built in 1893. Susan has become convinced that some malevolent spirit is inhabiting their home, and taking possession of the stepson. She has even found trickles of blood on the wall. The young woman doesn't believe in exorcism or the supernatural, but she does see an opportunity to make a lot of money. However when she enters the house for the first time, and meets Miles, she begins to feel it too, as if the very house is watching her, waiting, biding its time...


I have read all of Gillian Flynn's back catalogue and adore every book she has written. I love the twists at the end of each novel and, what I find to be the sign of a great book, they all leave you asking a million questions and wanting so much more. 

The Grownup is gripping and like all of Flynn's work, a real page turner. However, with it being a short story it does feel like it ends before everything really kicks off. I feel like I have only read the beginning, here's hoping she writes a sequel (wishful thinking). It was eerie and creepy and everything you expect from a Gillian Flynn book, which is why I'm not overly surprised at feeling like the ending just popped up out of nowhere and the story could have gone on for another 200 pages. 

All in all I really enjoyed it, it wasn't my favourite of hers but a short story was never going to be. If you are looking for an unusual quick read this hits the mark perfectly, definitely one to put on your to read list.
Abi xo

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2 comments :

  1. Great review, love Gillian Flynn! Desperately want to read Sharp Objects x

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    1. I loved Sharp Objects, but I still think Gone Girl may be her best. Thank you :)

      Abi xo

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