The Grownup by Gillian Flynn asks -do you like ghost stories?

October 16, 2017
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Gillian Flynn’s The Grownup begs to answer – “Do you like ghost stories?” This novella is an easy afternoon read, with 70 pages of gripping thrills. With Halloween basically here, The Grownup is the perfect October book grab.

Gillian Flynn is a master of keeping readers at arm’s distance while also keeping them on the edges of their seats. From the first six words to the final eyebrow-raising plot twist, this story will grip even the most distracted reader.

“I didn’t stop giving hand jobs because I wasn’t good at it. I stopped giving hand jobs because I was the best at it -page 1, The Grownup

We’re supplying you with all the thrills you need this October with our Thriller as a Book Genre series. Check out last week’s skin-crawling thriller, The Possessions, which will leave you asking yourself some hard questions. Or, go back to see what else we’re reviewing this month.

About the Novella

The Grownup is about a possibly-haunted Victorian house and the fraudulent psychic that investigates the twisted mysteries within. Upon entering the house, the psychic is bombarded with horror and hostility. What makes this story interesting is not knowing exactly what causes the events within the house -and the final realization of what really is going on. The Grownup will make you question the bad in humans and our roots in selfishness.

Why You’ll Like It…

This is easily a recommendation for most all of our readers. Because of its size, content, and brilliant language, we’d love for most anyone to enjoy this little book. We can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this novella in the comments below.

Short and Sweet

The Grownup is an easy read with great content. Reading this novella is like pressing the “reset” button on your brain or drinking a nice glass of water after a long run. There are no parts of this story that are slow or boring and Flynn keeps the pace going with constant dark twists.

Chilling Language

Gillian Flynn does a great job of instilling a mixture of curiosity and chills in her audience. The imagery of the happenings is so well-described that the language can be mildly repulsive, which, thankfully, only adds to this thrilling “ghost story”.

“He did scuttle as if he bore an insect’s shell, shiny and hard -page 35, The Grownup


This story will turn your expectations on their heads from the very beginning. The Grownup has a delightfully bizarre beginning and gets darker and darker as the pages turn.

Critique of The Grownup

The story is incredibly succinct and its delivery is done well. You won’t be left asking questions and Flynn avoids plot holes and unnecessary side stories. For this same reason, the characters are not very multifaceted. Our main character seems to be driven only by selfishness and her client by fear. The curiosity in The Grownup comes from the suspense rather than the characters.

We know you’ll love The Grownup –grab a copy from your local bookstore here!

Did you watch or read Gone Girl? Are you a fan of Gillian Flynn’s twists? Let us know in the comments!

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