Monday, February 29, 2016

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

The Grownup
by Gillian Flynn

If you’ve ever read any of Gillian Flynn’s work (“Gone Girl,” “Sharp Objects,” etc.) you know she’s kind of got a hard-edged style of writing. She doesn’t guild the lily at all. Her main characters are often promiscuous to the point of being considered slutty. There’s often some sort of violence and/or abuse going on in her stories. She tends to portray most men as falling into one of two groups: wimpy pushovers or uptight jerks.

This book is very much the same.

That being said, I enjoyed it. I read this book in one day, which is unusual for me. It’s brief, but meaty. Basically, the main character (whose name is never revealed) is sort of a Joan-of-all-trades who has recently taken up fortune-telling by way of reading peoples auras. She becomes closely involved with one patron, whose house sounds like it’s haunted and may be possessing her stepson. Though the main character doesn’t believe in any of that hocus-pocus stuff (she’s just out to make a buck), she jumps at the chance to milk this opportunity for some major cash. But then, things start getting a little too real…

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try Gone Girl or Sharp Objects, also by Gillian Flynn]

[ official Gillian Flynn web site ]

Recommended by Tracy T.
Bennett Martin Public Library

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