A fortune-teller, who really is a fraud, takes on a very difficult case for a client named Susan. Susan has two sons: one by birth and one by marriage. She has suddenly become frightened by her step-son. He has acting very violent since they moved into an old Victorian home that she claims is haunted which is affecting his moods and behaviors. She goes to the fortune-teller to hopefully find peace and to get rid of the so-called ghosts that haunt her house.
Told in first person narrative, by a character whom we never learn their name, The Grownup by Gillian Flynn is a fast-paced novella that starts and ends very abruptly. The novella starts off by allowing the reader to gain some background knowledge on the main character. She tells a sad story that makes the reader feel bad for her, even though she is a fraud. Once Gillian Flynn has the reader hooked, Susan comes in and the real ghost story begins.
The only other Gillian Flynn book I have read is Gone Girl. Since I enjoyed Gone Girl so much, I figured Gillian Flynn could do no wrong, even in a novella. I was right. The Grownup is a quick read but a good read. I finished it in about an hour, but it still has me wondering what happened next. That’s the thing about novellas: they’re too short and seem to end leaving you yearning for more.
Even though the book was short, I connected to the characters right away, something that doesn’t even always happened in long novels. Gillian Flynn has a knack for sucking the reader into each character’s life, like they’re old friends. This would make a great quick book-club read for October: put it on next year’s list. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn was originally titled “What Would You Do?” and was published in George R. R. Martin’s Rogues anthology. This is the first time is has been published as a standalone novella.
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I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All the opinions are strictly my own.