The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

the grownup cover

Gillian Flynn has a dark mind, and she’s not afraid to share what’s inside.

The Grownup is a mere 62 pages, but I was nonetheless excited to read another Gillian Flynn piece. Like many others, I was introduced to Flynn’s writing through her sensation, Gone Girl. Since then, I’ve read both Sharp Objects and Dark Places, and I’ve been waiting with baited breath for the next one.

Our narrator takes on a “psychic” job in a seedy tarot joint, knowing full well that she doesn’t possess the clairvoyant gift. She was first hired as a sex worker, after years of begging on the streets with her mother. This is seen as a promotion in this little shop, and soon she takes to analyzing her clients, hoping to find a way to become a psychic entrepreneur.

This narrator is driven to visit a client’s haunted house, not knowing what to expect. The rest of the story has a ton of quick turns, like a roller-coaster that leaves you with a pleasant knot in your stomach after the ride is over. I don’t want to spoil the ending by saying much more.

As far as the publisher’s decision to publish such a tiny story, I am curious to see if this will start a new, mainstream trend. Shops like the Strand Bookstore have been carrying smaller publications of single short stories for a while, but rarely in hardcover. It would certainly make for a fun, unexpected stocking stuffer for the mystery-lover in the family.

Rating: 4/5 stars.

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I received this book as a part of the www.BloggingforBooks.com program. All opinions are my own!

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