The Grownupby Gillian Flynn
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Publication Date: November 3, 2015
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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.
There's not a whole lot to say about this one. It started SUPER interesting -- in a completely differently place than I was initially anticipating. I was really excited to see what dark and twisted places Gillian would take the story and while it did go some weird places... it didn't pay off for me in the end. I wasn't WOWed or really interested by the end. I finished it and was like, "okay... that's it?" It just felt like it could have been more. It's obviously a work of short fiction, so for the amount of pages it had, I think it did pack a punch. Bottom line, however, is that it was forgettable.