For me, October is always about books that are a little bit odd, spooky or creepy. My first book review of the month certainly fits the bill.
The Grown Up by Gillian Flynn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Fiction – horror – thriller – psychics
📖 I feel like this book should come with a certificate warning – lol. As should any book that’s brave enough to start with the opening lines:
“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.”
✍️ From that line alone it is so difficult to not be intrigued and rightly so, this little story certainly packs a bunch. From recollection, I don’t think we ever find the name of the girl narrating the story, but she reveals a lot about herself through the book, how from a young age her mother taught her how to con people, the paths which lead her to her present role as a psychic.
When a wealthy client, Susan approaches our leading lady with a problem in her renovated mansion and also her difficult stepson, our protagonist sees pound signs and is soon signed up to check out the house and stepson to cleanse its aura but as is always the case with a good, creepy, thriller, all is not as it seems and soon, the things that seemed obvious aren’t.
“An angry stepson and a husband who was always away, no wonder she let her mind go to dark places.”
👓 It’s such a strange book, and even though you know the girl is initially intending to con Susan and her family, there is something about this bad-good character that draws you in.
💔 Any Negatives: I struggled with whether to write this or not as I loved the book. Despite its short length, it has a lot going on and I really enjoyed how the author had written the complex main character. But I’m a traditionalist, I like my stories complete with a big bow wrapping up the ending. This ending is not like that, and I can’t decide if that’s a good or a bad thing, it certainly leaves you wondering.
💭 Overall View: A great short story especially for those that enjoy the gothic horror scene (particularly when things go just a tad weird).