Review: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn



Synopsis: 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. 

I would rather be a librarian, but I worry about the job security. Books may be temporary; dicks are forever.

This is no Gone Girl, nothing even remotely as good as Gone Girl, but, because it’s so short, it was better at keeping my attention, so I wasn’t so fussed about the kinda crappy ending.

This was a funny novel. Flynn is really good at inputting humour into moments of a book that could be taken more seriously, and that’s what I loved so much about this book, the humour. The story was good… well the beginning and middle were, and then the end lacked any oomf, but it was our funny narrator who made this book something worth reading.

The plot for this was cliche as cliche can be, but I think that was intentional, because our narrator made fun of how cliche everything sounded. It was there to add some comedy value. The ending, as I said, was disappointing, only because it goes exactly as you would expect it to. I was hoping Flynn was going to pull another “oh-my-god” twist out after the initial twist, but alas.

Worth a read if you can get it cheap, but don’t expect anything too amazing… that sounds weird to say after rating it 4 stars, but I did actually like this and it did hold my attention… it’s just… I don’t know, I can’t explain it.

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