Sunday, January 24, 2016

Review: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

Title: The Grownup
Author: Gillian Flynn
Publication Date:  November 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Crown
Source: From BloggingForBooks
Where to find: Goodreads / Amazon / Book Depository
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 have only ever read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and I loved it and how twisted it was. I had high expectations for this book. Especially in terms of twists and creepy factor. But I'm pretty disappointed in this short story. It started out great with this unnamed character, who I wanted to hate but could also sympathize with.

However, without giving to much away, as the story progressed I felt that there was so much missing in the story. And yes this is a short story so things are not fleshed out like they would be in a full length novel, but I feel like this was  all over the place in terms of where it was headed and what was happening.

This story left me very unfulfilled at the end. I know to some extent that was the point, but at the same time, it seemed worse than it was intended. Overall, I was not super impressed with this story. It had the creepy factor and the great writing but it left me too unsatisfied for it to be enjoyable.

*I received this book from BloggingForBooks in exchange for an honest review*

Saturday, January 16, 2016


I know I have been mostly nonexistent on this blog in the past few months and that is due to my school schedule. I started grad school in the fall and it takes up most of my time. I do not have the free time that I used to to truly dedicate to the blog. I really would like to be able to post once a week, but most weeks that is not plausible. I am still reading and I do write mini-reviews on Goodreads, but it is not the same as my true reviews here. I really hope I'm able to have more time to dedicate to the blog during the summer and my breaks from school, so for now, I would suggest following me on Goodreads if you want to see my thoughts on what I'm reading.