Title: The Grownup
Author: Gillian Flynn
Publication Date: November 3, 2015
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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.
3 / 5 Stars
Hmm…I’m not quite sure what I think about this short story by Gillian Flynn. It wasn’t what I was expecting. I was expecting it to be scary. It was just kind of creepy. I’m not complaining — I don’t like scary. I wasn’t even going to read it because of being categorized as horror, but I love Flynn’s writing style so I went for it.
The Grownup immediately sucked me in and held my interest the entire. The writing was beautifully creepy. I loved the characters. They had fascinating backstories. It also had some twists and turns I didn’t see coming.
My only problem with The Grownup was the ending. I wasn’t necessarily let down by it, but it felt a little lacking. I actually wanted to know more about what happened next in this creepy little story. It would have been a great full length novel.
Would I recommend it? It’s only 62 pages. If you love Gillian Flynn’s other works, I’d recommend it.