Release Date: November 3, 2015
Pages: 64 pages
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Short Story (Adult)
Rating: ★★★★ 1/2
Feeling sad means having too much time on your hands, usually. Really. I’m not a licensed therapist but usually it means too much time.
Gillian Flynn is one of my favorite “newer” authors, and if she had more than three books out, I would be all over them. I’m always hoping that there will be a new release, so The Grownup was a nice surprise. It’s not a full length novel, but I loved the idea of her having a short horror story. And, if you love her books as well or at least appreciate the twists and turns, you must read it.
Once I began this book, I found it difficult to put it down because I had to know what was going to happen! The book starts out about the characters, where we meet our unnamed narrator and learn about her life and job. Having been raised essentially to help her mother lie to people, it’s interesting to see just how much she knows how to read people. It lends itself really well to the narrative and one of my favorite parts of the story was her thoughts on other people. And one person that she can read extremely well is her client Susan Burke. She immediately knows what sort of person Susan is and what sort of help she is going to need. That’s where the horror comes in. As a fake psychic, our narrator agrees to go to Susan’s house to cleanse it, only to feel that the house actually is haunted. There are constant twists and turns, but this is the woman who wrote Gone Girl. She keeps you guessing from beginning to end.
The Grownup isn’t scary, really, but if you enjoy new takes on the horror genre, it’s well worth a read. And it’s a great exploration of what exactly makes something scary. Even if you’re not scared by it, the build-up is frightening, and that’s part of the horror. If you just want to read more by this author, then definitely check it out. It’s a quick read at 64 pages and will leave you wanting to know what happens next.
Oh, and Flynn wrote this story at the request of George R. R. Martin. Yeah.
According to Goodreads, a couple of similar titles are The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon and The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King.
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.