The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
Published by Broadway Books
Genres: Adult, Thriller/Suspense
Source: Personal Collection
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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. - via GoodReads
I was a little cautious when I picked up The Grownup by Gillian Flynn. After I finished Gone Girl, I was a bit of a wreck. I wouldn’t say emotionally wrecked but I definitely didn’t know what to think. I was wondering around Books-a-Million and this hard bound novella was featured.
I read the first page standing in BAM and knew I was going to read this. We have an unnamed narrator talking about her profession of hand job giver extraordinaire. Until she meets Susan who has a troubled son.
In the course of 64 pages we are taken on quite the adventure with manipulation, a murderous past, a haunted house, and more manipulation. By the end of it I felt unsatisfied. It was a good ending but it was too open for me.