Review: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

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Gillian Flynn has enjoyed a huge surge in success in the last few years. Arguably the most popular of her works is 2012’s Gone Girl, now an award-winning, major motion picture and the film adaptation of Dark Places (2009) is set for 2016 starring Charlize Théron.

The Grownup is Flynn’s first short story, weighing in at just 67 pages, but it’s by no means a disappointment; a psychological thriller that will chill you to your core.

The protagonist is a young woman who is a fraudulent psychic making money by telling people what she wants to hear. She doesn’t believe in spirits, she doesn’t believe in exorcisms and she doesn’t believe in anything supernatural at all. But then she meets Susan Burke, and to say her life is turned upside down is putting it mildly.

Susan, her husband and his 15-year-old son, Miles, moved to the city one year ago and live in an old, spooky, Victorian house called Carterhook Manor.

Susan is convinced that there is a supernatural presence in their home and so hires the young woman for help. When she enters the house, even she can tell something isn’t quite right…

After an interesting opening (“I didn’t stop giving hand jobs because I wasn’t good at it. I stopped giving hand jobs because I was the best at it”), the book almost a miniature Gone Girl with two of Flynn’s classic literary devices: unreliable authors and strong, slightly psychotic female characters.

Those who enjoy Flynn’s writing style will absolutely be gripped by this short story. True, it isn’t a long and gritty novel that you’ll get your teeth into, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t pack a punch.

The Grownup will be released on 5th November, or you can preorder your copy from Amazon here.


Words by Lucy Abbersteen

Picture courtesy of W&N

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