The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

gillianFlynn When The Grownup arrived in the mail I was very surprised the book was so small. I had no idea it was a short story, expecting a big, fat novel instead. This is only 62 pages and I read it in an afternoon.

As is typical with Flynn’s writing, this is not a book for children or those easily offended. The opening lines are about a woman who works in the sex trade, talking about how many hand jobs she’s given over the length of her employment. No. Seriously.

Our main character is the product of a con woman/mother and thus learns to “earn” money in devious ways. She is intelligent and calculating, a bookworm who develops friendly relationships with her clientele. Since she has carpel tunnel in the wrist she is “promoted” to the front room of the business, acting as a psychic.

Enter Susan Burke, lonely but rich housewife needing the services of a physic so she can make a decision about her lonely life. Her husband is away on business too much, she has a calculating and horrible stepson to deal with and she thinks her house has something wrong with it. Like bad karma.

The ending will leave you with questions. It’s a good ending….you are left wondering which character is the liar and who is doing the manipulating.

Flynn can go from zero to dark thoughts in under 10 pages so be forwarned. It’s certainly not a cozy mystery but it kept my attention completely. Can’t say more – it would be ruined. If you are a fan of Flynn’s work check out this little short story.

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*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions, nice and no-so-nice are my own 🙂

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