REVIEW: The Grownup – Gillian Flynn

The Grown Up

“Empathetic silence is one of the most underused weapons in the world.”

I’m going to be honest.  I’m not a huge lover of short stories, because honestly, they’re just too short.  Which I know is the point, but I always feel like we’re missing out on so much more that could have been said.  There is never enough meat and potatoes for me.  But despite the general lacking of aforementioned short story, I find myself trying them again and again.  Because maybe I might just like one of them.  And surprisingly enough, it finally happened.

I honestly don’t know much about Gillian Flynn, except that she wrote Gone Girl, which I’ve tried to read three other times and could never get more than a quarter of the way through it.  I just didn’t like the way it was written.  But The Grownup was short, at the library, and was teased as a classic ghost story.  So I took a gamble on it and brought it home.

I sat down last night, after the kids went to bed, and before we finally watched this weeks episode of Game of Thrones and started to read The Grownup, and I was immediately sucked into the story.  Our narrator is a quirky young woman, who knows the ways of the streets.  She’s constantly using her wiles to get one over on people.  Her newest scheme is that of an aura reader at Spiritual Palms.  All seems well until Susan Burke comes to see her.  Susan is rich and lives in a beautiful Victorian home in the city, but is extremely troubled by her unstable step son.

As the story progressed, I thought I had it all figured out.  I was going to chuck this one up to another sad attempt at a real “scary” story.  But then there was another twist, and another twist.  With each page I turned, something else happened that left me guessing as to what was the truth, and what was lies.  It was the most unsettling feeling, and I loved it.  I had no idea where Flynn was going with this story, and I enjoyed the way she continued to mess with my psyche.

The one thing I still don’t understand though…is where the title The Grownup comes from.  So if anyone wants to enlighten me on that point, I would be greatly appreciative.

I may try to read another Gillian Flynn novel now.  Probably not Gone Girl, but perhaps Dark Places.  I’ve heard a lot of positive things regarding that book.  I’ll definitely let you know when I do!


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