Title: The Grownup
Author: Gillian Flynn
Publication: November 3rd 2015, Crown
Genre: Short Stories, Fiction, Horror
ISBN: 1101907320 / 9781101907320
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’m not really a nerd; I only aspire to be one.”
The first ever thriller/horror book that I’ve read, and I must say that I’m not really disappointed at all. It’s a story about a female narrator whose job is to give hand jobs in the back of a spiritual store and there, she met a certain Susan who shook her life in the most strange way.
“Empathetic silence is one of the most underused weapons in the world.”
Actually, I liked that Flynn was able to set the mood into something creepy and it made me read the entire book whilst holding my breath. The characters, the setting, the mood– each one of these elements are absolutely brilliant! The twists are truly mind-blowing. However, the ending was somehow enigmatic and ambiguous. It was like expecting a big blow that wasn’t going to happen.
“Millions of dollars later, and neither of them were happy. Money is wasted on the rich.”
To wrap it up, the book is satisfyingly creepy and I’d still recommend to read this book although the ending is a bit sucky.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gillian Flynn was born in Kansas City, Missouri to two community-college professors—her mother taught reading; her father, film. Thus she spent an inordinate amount of her youth nosing through books and watching movies. She is also an American author and television critic for Entertainment Weekly. She has so far written three novels, Sharp Objects, for which she won the 2007 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the best thriller; Dark Places; and her best-selling third novel Gone Girl. To know more about her, head on to her site.