The Grownup by Gillian Flynn Review

Hello Book Lovers,

I’ve been away from A Reader’s Oasis for a short while because I was on vacation and when I got back on the 18th I was having some fun family time. I have for you today a review on The Grownup by Gillian Flynn. She is the author of the books Gone Girl, Dark Places, and Sharp Objects. This was given for free to any new Book of the Month Club subscribers in the month of January.

What is the Book of the Month Club?

For those of you that don’t know the Book of the Month Club is a monthly subscription where you create a profile and then five new book selections are announced on the first of each month. You choose the one you like and that’s your Book of the Month. The regular price for one month is $16.99, but there are always coupon codes if you’re a first time subscriber or if you get a multi-month subscription which is what I did. I got a 3-month subscription, and the great thing is that you can skip months if none of the books interest you and it will move the end of your subscription to the following month. You can also add additional books for 9.99 each.

If you’re interested in trying Book of the Month (BOTM) here is the link.



A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, doesn’t help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.

“The Grownup,” originally appeared as “What Do You Do?” in George R. R. Martin’s Rogues anthology.


Now back to the Review!

This is a very short story; only 62 pages. There’s not much to say about it, because it is so short I wouldn’t want to spoil anything. I usually enjoy short stories, but this wasn’t as interesting as I expected it to be. It started in the same way most Gillian Flynn novels begin with a female character struggling with issues. I didn’t love this story because there were so many areas that were left open that I had a hard time imagining what could’ve happened. Most short stories are like this, but this one had too many holes. In my honest opinion I wouldn’t recommend this book, because I really didn’t like it too much. I didn’t finish it feeling like it was something great.  If you’re interested in reading some short stories check out the authors listed below:

  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Oscar Wilde
  • Flannery O’Connor
  • H.P Lovecraft

These are just a few of my favorite authors. What are some of yours?

I will have more posts for you all very soon. I’m working on as many as I can this weekend. What are some things you would like to see on A Reader’s Oasis? I would love any input you may have.




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