The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

Copyright 2014

Published by Crown Publishers

An imprint of Crown Publishing Group,

A Division of Penguin Publishing House LLC, New York.

This book is a short work of fiction billed as a thriller and suspense story. With 62 pages and no chapter or section breaks, the plot moves forward at a snappy pace.¬†Gillian Flynn’s writing is smooth and witty, the first person narrative carrying us through as though we are sitting across from the main character, sipping tea and listening to her story.

What a story it is! We follow a ‘psychic’ as she goes to cleanse a poor mousy woman’s house, thinking that she will smudge a few herbs and wait out whatever hormone was messing with the teenage step-son. This doesn’t seem to be the case, however, and we quickly discover that there is more going on than meets the eye.

The Grown Up by Gillian Flynn is a well written book with a gorgeous cover jacket, a minimalist but beautiful design for the hardcover and interior papers, and well developed characters. With the short amount of time you spend in the world of this story, having characters you identify with and can see on many levels is a great feat for the author.

Unfortunately, this book was billed as a thriller and suspense novel but I did not find myself feeling much of either emotion. In fact, the most I felt was concern for the characters. Because of this, I am giving the book cover and design 4 out of 5 stars and the story itself 3 out of 5 stars.

**I received this book from Blogging for Books free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own.**