‘The Grownup’ by Gillian Flynn [Book Review]

Last night I was struggling to decide what to read (bearing in mind I was “currently reading” five books). Nothing took my fancy so I decided to begin yet another book: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn. It’s fair to say that I devoured it, and had to stop myself finishing it before midnight (since I already finished a book and wrote a review yesterday). April and the 2016 Reading Challenge is going well!

Title: The Grownup
Author: Gillian Flynn
Released: 2014
Pages: 67
Category: #9 A book that’s under 150 pages
Rating: 7/10

“Empathetic silence is one of the most underused weapons in the world.”

A young woman is making a living as a cut-price psychic (with some soft-core sex work on the side). When Susan shows up wanting the young woman’s psychic opinion on her fifteen-year-old stepson and her haunted mansion, thinking she can make a quick buck, the young woman visits the house and performs ritual exorcisms – that is until she discovers strange goings-on.

This short story is intense, entirely gripping and very creepy (and if the first line of the book doesn’t entice you, nothing will). The pace is excellent and the characterisation, even for a short story, is excellent. The plot has you questioning every character and their motives, even after the last page!


I found The Grownup to be fantastic! It was everything I want in a short story – I did work out what was going on around page 40 – with the exception of the ending (which frankly made little to no sense, not that I care). This was only my second Gillian Flynn read, after Gone Girl, and now I can’t wait to read Sharp Objects and Dark Places.

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5 thoughts on “‘The Grownup’ by Gillian Flynn [Book Review]

  1. I’ve read two of her books, and was insanely in love with them. I’m not a big short story reader, so I didn’t even know it existed! That first line has me hooked, so I’m excited to read this 🙂

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