I hadn’t realised when I got incredibly excited at the prospect of a new Gillian Flynn book, that I had already read it as part of the anthology ‘Rogues’ edited by George RR Martin. Nevertheless I enjoyed it so much the first time I decided to read it again anyway!
The Grownup focuses on the character of a young woman who is working as a physic even though she doesn’t really believe it. There is an immediate introduction of dark humour when she talks about her mother and about the reasons she’s been moved out to the front of the shop. Susan Burke is her client who asks for help when she admits she thinks her stepson is possessed and going to kill her and her son. Seeing an opportunity to make money the psychic agrees and goes each day to the house and pretends to exorcise it. What she finds there starts to creep her out just as much though.
The ambiguous ending serves well to keep you with unanswered questions ensuring that as with all of Gillian Flynn’s books you are thinking about it days and even weeks after you finish reading.
The elements of supernatural along with Flynn’s well known psychological edge work well together and I found the ending quite surprising.
Thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish, I can’t wait for her next book.