The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
Published by: Random House Audio on November 3rd, 2015
Genre: Short Story, Fiction, Horror, Mystery
Source: Borrowed from the library
Summary (from 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.
Review: I really enjoyed this short story by Gillian Flynn. I’ve only read Gone Girl by her but I would not mind picking up the other books she has written. Although this was only a 65 page novel and for me a roughly 1.5 hour audiobook listen I felt like I sat through a full length novel… until we got to the end. I feel like it wasn’t wrapped up very nicely. It felt like a sequel or an additional 10 pages would’ve been nice. But maybe that was intentional.
This would be great if it could’ve been a longer novel. SO much more aspects could’ve been added to make it a bit more “scary” and creepy. And the ambiguous ending would’ve been solved. Other than that I liked this short read.
I would recommend this to any one in a reading slump as it is short but packed full with a great story.