🕵 The Grownup by Gillian Flynn 👀
Gillian Flynn’s Edgar Award-winning homage to the classic ghost story, published for the first time as a standalone
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 first thought after reading this story…WTF did I just read? Insert loud laughing out loud here! But seriously, I read this book in under an hour but I’ve been sitting staring at the actual book for about 2 hours.
The protagonist starts out telling, in graphic detail her life and current job as a “customer service” at Spiritual Palms (good name play) which is a polite way of saying it, to her present position as clairvoyant/ house cleaner. During her time as a clairvoyant is when she meets Susan Burke. Susan is a fixer, yet she can’t seem to fix her problem with her stepson Miles or her absentee husband. Insert gaping hole and a few plot twist. When the protagonists finds herself face to face alone with the antagonist stepson, the story final took a turn for the better. But that was short lived. The ending of the book comes with varied twists and a cliffhanger (which I absolutely hate).
The book told in 1st person and present tense is not an easy task for any author to pull off. However, Flynn seems to do it quite well. Okay back to the book, the opening line is what seized me. Most readers will give you ten pages, in those ten pages you must set the scene, introduce a primary character and or problem. Flynn did that in the first two sentences. Now I must admit, I’ve never read a Gillian Flynn book until now. It’s an acquired taste. Overall this was a decent story, scary not at all, a mind fuck definitely!