Books, Thriller/Mystery

The GrownUp by Gillian Flynn Book Review

Feeling sad means having too much time on your hands, usually.”

Excerpts from:
The Grown Up
by Gillian Flynn
Synopsis from Goodreads

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.

One of my favorite writers of psychological thrillers is Gillian Flynn. I became an ardent reader of psychologically twisted books as a result of reading her Gone Girl, which was the beginning of it. I don’t know why, but it’s kind of thrilling to keep making whodunit guesses right up to the very end of the book. And I thought that aspect of her book was fantastic. Till the very end, you’ll be wondering.

This book is a collection of short stories that may be read in one sitting. This one seems a little odd to me. The opening page of this book will have you wondering what it is all about. In actuality, I read the first paragraph several times because I believed I was reading it erroneously, but after some time, I recognized I was mistaken.

Anyway, I was really scared when I read the part about Susan and Miles. I only took a break for 30 minutes before continuing since it was so terrifying. I had the whole thing in my thoughts since it was so spooky. When Miles finally revealed everything, I was astounded and perplexed. I was confused, and I’m still unsure of the real story behind this work. I only hoped that this book wasn’t so brief since the story wasn’t long enough and I wanted to learn more about what happened to the main character.

Despite the brief length of the novel, I felt a connection to the characters. It was a strange little tale that was very wicked. She may use this to base a future story that has a more supernatural or horror bent. She is a distinctive storyteller, and I hope she continues to create short stories like this. I’ve read all of her novels so I’m eager to see what she writes next.

I suggest it if you enjoy at least one of her books or if you enjoy complex, intrinsically flawed people and twisting stories, this novel will suit you.😊😊😊

My Overall Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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