“The Grownup” is the most recent book by award-winning author and screenwriter, Gillian Flynn. Here’s what we thought of it.


If you’re the kind of person that is already missing Halloween, this is the book for you. Gillian Flynn has always been good at telling a great mystery, keeping you on your toes until the very last page. But before now, she had managed to do this in 400+ pages. There’s plenty of time to build up suspense and keep the readers wondering what will happen next. It’s harder, however, to do this in a short story. But Gillian Flynn does not disappoint. The Grownup lives up to Flynn’s reputation with a new and interesting story.

A “psychic” and a con artist, our narrator is never given a name, but we know plenty about her past. Raised by a single mother who spent most of her time on the streets begging, the “psychic” learned quickly how to manipulate and read people. Using this talent, she sells herself as a clairvoyant, cold reading clients in the hopes that they’ll come back for more. This plan goes well for her until she is introduced to Susan Burke. Mrs. Burke, along with her son, step-son, and husband have moved into a house that, she believes, is haunted. She seeks the con artist’s help in exorcising the house, Catterhook Manor, and in doing so, sucks her into a mystery that could very well get them all killed.

Without giving any more away, let’s just say that things get pretty crazy — fast. An incredibly quick read, Flynn is able to pump a lot of action and suspense within the 64 pages. The plot, fast-paced and engaging draws you in with the deepening mystery of Catterhook Manor and the family living there. And once you’re wrapped in the story, it throws you for a loop with a wonderful twist ending. If you’re a fan of suspense and are looking for a quick read on the train, during lunch, or when the kids are down for a nap, this is the book for you. Just make sure you don’t read it right before bed.


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