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*

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