Friday, November 6, 2015

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn, Book Review

General Information
Genre~ Short Story, Fiction, Ghost Story
Publisher~ Crown
Published~ November 3, 2015

Book Summary (Per 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.

“The Grownup,” which originally appeared as “What Do You Do?” in George R. R. Martin’s Rogues anthology, proves once again that Gillian Flynn is one of the world’s most original and skilled voices in fiction.
 


My Thoughts
I think I am one of a very few people who has not read Gone Girl.  I keep meaning to read that book, but I just have not done so yet.  However, when I saw this book I was like well let's jump on this story and see what happens.  So let's just begin with the opening sentence..I mean..really that will grab your attention and this book kept my attention for the rest of the story!  I did a photo challenge a few months ago that asked for the most memorable first line of a story and I really had a hard time thinking of a shocking or attention grabbing line..well I won't have to now...that category is officially filled:)

I loved this story.  The beginning was catchy, the middle was intriguing and the ending was all kinds of surprising.  The writing style was different from what I am used to, but once I caught onto the story telling method and voice I really enjoyed the hints that once I finished I could see throughout the entire story.  In many other posts I have complained about figuring out the catch, twist or plot quickly..well not here, not at all.  I am still unsure of the ending which I think is great because it makes me think..just like I think the "psychic"was still doing at the conclusion of this story.  This book is incredibly short, only 60 some pages, but at no point did I feel the story was lacking, the characters were not fully developed, that it was jumpy, etc.  In fact I felt that the story, the intrigue, the background and characters were all on point!  In case it is not clear from my thoughts above I do recommend this story and I look forward to reading other works by Gillian Flynn.

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Disclaimer~ "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review." All thoughts and opinions are my own:)

Until my next post...love y'all!!

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