Book Review: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

26025580The Grownup by Gillian Flynn is shockingly confusing. I was struck by the beginning of the book and I don’t know what should I feel. Should I be disturb? Turned on? Disgusted? I really don’t know but this book leaves me hanging. I was confused whether to believe the woman or to the boy. Gillian Flynn has this kind of writing style that will captivate your thoughts and have your prediction turn it upside down — I was at the end, I don’t know who or what to believe. It looks like the author is creating a person who wanted to survive on the hardships of life and built a mind that could possess you through intelligence. Kind of bugging but this was my interpretation with her short novel. Intriguing. Terrifying. Creepy. Opportunistic. Few descriptions I thought about The Grownup. Manipulative of words and controlling of emotions. It is difficult if two people you have contact with don’t have the rational way of thinking. It is, indeed, scary.

“Feeling sad means having too much time on your hands, usually. Really. I’m not a licensed therapist but usually it means too much time.”


2383Gillian Flynn is an American author and television critic for Entertainment Weekly. She has so far written three novels, Sharp Objects, for which she won the 2007 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the best thriller; Dark Places; and her best-selling third novel Gone Girl.

Her book has received wide praise, including from authors such as Stephen King. The dark plot revolves around a serial killer in a Missouri town, and the reporter who has returned from Chicago to cover the event. Themes include dysfunctional families, violence and self-harm.

In 2007 the novel was shortlisted for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar for Best First Novel by an American Writer, Crime Writers’ Association Duncan Lawrie, CWA New Blood and Ian Fleming Steel Daggers, winning in the last two categories.

Flynn, who lives in Chicago, grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated at the University of Kansas, and qualified for a Master’s degree from Northwestern University.


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