Thursday, 7 January 2016

Review: The Grown Up by Gillian Flynn

Title: The Grown Up
Author: Gillian Flynn
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Pages: 66
Genres: Short Story, Thriller, Suspense

The Grown Up

A young woman is making a living faking it as a cut-price psychic (with some illegal soft-core sex work on the side). She makes a decent wage mostly by telling people what they want to hear. But then she meets Susan Burke.

Susan moved to the city one year ago with her husband and 15-year-old stepson Miles. They live in a Victorian house called Carterhook Manor. Susan has become convinced that some malevolent spirit is inhabiting their home. The young woman doesn't believe in exorcism or the supernatural. However when she enters the house for the first time, she begins to feel it too, as if the very house is watching her, waiting, biding its time . . .
The main character of this story is flawed, a product of her tough upbringing she is smart, perceptive and no angel. She works alternately scamming people whilst giving the occasional hand job for payment. I love this type of grey character, it gives realism to the story as in life people are often flawed and do unsavoury things for often selfish reasons.

The story unfolds pretty fast with a lot of elements becoming interconnected by the middle of the book. The main twist in the story needed more fleshing out - it tends to go back and forth with the reader guessing as it is not clear what the truth of the matter is. The ending is too open ended for me and a bit anti-climatic.

This short story has all the best Gillian Flynn ingredients, and it was an enjoyable way to pass an hour.

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