Book Review – The Grownup By Gillian Flynn

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Do I still say Happy New Year?  Well, I guess there’s no harm in that right?  Happy New Year Everyone.  I haven’t gotten a heck of a lot of reading done but I’m working on it.  Most of you know I joined the Book the Month Club a few months ago and every month I look forward to receiving the ONE book.  This month….. TaDa!!!!! There were two …. WHAT?????? yep, as you can see in the picture above, I got a special gift from the Book of Month Club… Well, I’m not special.  We all got a special gift from them.

The Grownup – a short story by Gillian Flynn.  The author of Gone Girl.  I didn’t read Gone Girl.  Not because I have been living under a rock but because 1) the hype.  It felt as if for a while there everyone was reading it.  You couldn’t enter a subway in New York or a train in New Jersey without seeing that cover peaking at you hiding someone’s face.  Everyone was reading it and I rebelled and decided it was not for me.  I heard enough about it and there was no reason to read it now.  2) thriller and not just any type of thriller, I can handle a thriller but I had heard that this one was a scary thriller.  hmmm I’m a chicken…. haven’t you heard?  So not for me, I thought.  I decided that Gillian Flynn was not for me.

So, after receiving my January monthly box I couldn’t figure out if I wanted to read this very short story. After all, how scary can it be in 62 pages?  hmmmm I opened it…… I read the first few lines and ……What the……. seriously?  right off the bat the book was a punch in the gut.  It was gross…. my sensitive eyes could not believe what they were reading.  Was this a sex novel?  Not my type of genre, I must admit.  I’m a bit prudish for that.  I continued, imagining myself putting it down at around page 4 or 5.

I WAS HOOKED.  Good job Ms. Flynn.  You have converted a chicken.  2017 will find me reading more thrillers.  I read the book in about 1 hour — yes, ok, it was only 62 pages.  But considering I was not even planning on reading it, it says a lot for me and the book.  Yay me!!!!

The book follows a somewhat prostitute turned fortune teller.  Sounds like someone who you can’t like right?  But she’s funny, intelligent even though she lacks formal education, and loves books.  You even come to understand why she chose such careers for herself.  She tells us the story of her mother and why she got to where she is and even though her mother sounded like a winner I found myself sympathizing with her.  An single parent trying to do the best she could…. ok, maybe not!!! She learned the trade of con artistry from her mother and it has served her well.  She’s even gotten better at it.

The story takes a few twists and turns and we find ourselves in a mansion with an amazing library –yes I’m super jealous of that library – Our protagonist has somehow coned this family into letting her cleanse the house…. or did she?

The book was great.  I, of course, don’t have many other like genres to compare it to, but I had to finish it in one sitting.  The writing was super clear.  It was as if I was sitting in the library or in the kitchen with the characters.  There were points in the novel where I had so many goose bumps on my body that it hurt.  I was super hypersensitive to what was happening and THAT my friends is good thriller stuff.  I don’t like that feeling but I couldn’t stop reading almost just so I could put a stop to it.

I never thought I would recommend a scary thriller to anyone.  But, never say never right?  And it is only 62 pages…. go for it.

I gave this book 4 stars.  Why four you might ask?  Well because there were a few twists and turns that I just didn’t see the reason for and 4 because I don’t like being scared …. no seriously …. because the ending was really bad.  It was as if Gillian Flynn had ran out of words.  It felt incomplete ….

Hope you read it and if you do, let me know what you think.

Ana