Book Review #104 – The Grownup, by Gillian Flynn

Hello guys!

Here is my review for the Gillian Flynn’s short story, The Grownup.

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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.



  • very entertaining and interesting
  • messed up plot + characters
  • the plot twists???



  • the ending seems to arrive a bit too soon



Honestly, I’m as surprised as you are. I actually liked a Gillian Flynn book!! I still can’t believe it. But this was really such a good book. I picked the audiobook from the library since it was only a little over an hour. To my delight, I enjoyed every second of this. Maybe it was because it was so short that I didn’t have time to think “wait, Flynn is trying to trick me so I must come up with the 1934682 possible scenarios”. That’s an attitude I tend to have towards mysteries because I clearly want to be the most intelligent person in the room at all times but never once while listening to this I felt that need. I let myself being taken by the story and it completely grabbed me. The characters and the plot are so messed up, I laughed and was tense at various points of the story.

Anyway, this is really great and definitely the one Gillian Flynn work I will recommend every day of the week. It’s short and awesome, what more can you ask for really?

Let me know what you thought of this book in case you’ve read it!

See you guys soon,



2 thoughts on “Book Review #104 – The Grownup, by Gillian Flynn

  1. I read this 2 months ago I think and it left me sooo confused (not that that’s necessarily a bag thing).
    I actually liked it but it felt way too short. I didn’t actually knew it was a short novel when I ordered it and I was expecting a novel so I was so suprised when I saw that it has sth like 20-25 pages.


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