Contemporary, Mystery/Thriller

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

I am always talking about how I find Gillian Flynn fantastic. She is by far my favorite author when it comes to the thriller fiction category and I am always excited to read something that she has written or has recommended. I have been waiting a couple of months to get my hands on this novel and when I finally got it, I was surprised by how thin it was. I mean, it couldn’t have been more than 45 pages in total! Anyways, I was still willing to give it a shot so here is my review:

This story is told from the viewpoint of an unnamed female narrator who is smart enough to find ways to survive. She is known for giving the best hand jobs and has quite a few regular clientele who come by to see her. But as she begins to experience wrist pain, she knows she must switch into a different career path. And so, she becomes a clairvoyant, a psychic, who claims to be able to see auras. She knows she’s a fraud. But she’s good at what she does. That is, until Susan Burke gives her a visit. Susan is a rich yet unhappy woman who is terrified of her own home and begs our narrator to come and “cleanse” her house. And once she sees the house, she no longer needs to pretend to believe in ghosts. The house is eerie … but Susan’s stepson is even more disturbing. And when all three are caught in a battle of minds, one will wonder … where is the true evil hiding?

I quite liked the novel and the way in which it was set up. It was short and funny, yet it made me shiver a bit here and there. It isn’t as shocking or as chilling as Flynn’s other novels but it carries the same psychological manipulation as in her other works; by the end of the novel, you really don’t know who to trust. I don’t have much more to say about this novel because it is something to be discovered and enjoyed on your own so if you are looking for a short yet engrossing read that will make you think in many many different ways, then give this novel a shot! Fans of Gillian Flynn will find themselves enjoying this novel in a very different way than Gone Girl orΒ Dark Places!

Happy reading

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