Mini Book Review: The Grown Up by Gillian Flynn

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A young woman is making a living, faking it as a cut-price psychic working at Spiritual Palms (with some illegal soft-core sex work on the side). She makes a decent wage - mostly by telling people what they want to hear. But then she meets Susan Burke. Susan moved to the city one year ago with her husband and 15-year old stepson Miles. They live in a Victorian house called Carterhook Manor, built in 1893. Susan has become convinced that some malevolent spirit is inhabiting their home, and taking possession of the stepson. She has even found trickles of blood on the wall. The young woman doesn't believe in exorcism or the supernatural, but she does see an opportunity to make a lot of money. However when she enters the house for the first time, and meets Miles, she begins to feel it too, as if the very house is watching her, waiting, biding its time.... 


Review:



"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."

Gillian Flynn really knows how to write an opening line! She really is the master of the first hook line. Every one of her books has really drawn me in from the first sentence!

The Grownup originally appeared in an anthology by G.R.R Martin called Rogues. Some other reviewers are a little peed off with this being published again considering it is so short. I'm glad it was published again because I don't think I'd have known it existed otherwise!

The Grownup was a really creepy, atmospheric read. The narrator is an unnamed con woman peddling her various "talents!" One day a woman asks for her help. She is convinced her house is haunted and that it needs to be cleansed. Our con woman agrees without really knowing what she is letting herself in for.

In true Flynn form what follows is a path of twists and turns. Who is telling the truth? Who is the liar here and who is the one who is actually being manipulated?

I read this in the dark of my room one night and it gave me genuine chills. I just wish it was a full length novel! 

Rating:

★★★★ ☆

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