A young woman is making a living faking it as a cut-price psychic (with some illegal soft-core sex work on the side). She makes a decent wage mostly by telling people what they want to hear. But then she meets Susan Burke.
Susan moved to the city one year ago with her husband and 15-year-old stepson Miles. They live in a Victorian house called Carterhook Manor. Susan has become convinced that some malevolent spirit is inhabiting their home. The young woman doesn't believe in exorcism or the supernatural. However when she enters the house for the first time, she begins to feel it too, as if the very house is watching her, waiting, biding its time . . .
The Grownup, which originally appeared as 'What Do You Do?' in George R. R. Martin's Rogues short story anthology, proves once again that Gillian Flynn is one of the world's most original and skilled voices in fiction.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A con woman posing as a clairvoyant snags a dream job: rid a rich woman’s gorgeous home of a perceived “evil”. But a series of mysterious incidents rattle the conniving narrator, making her believe she may be facing a dangerous supernatural force. Gillian Flynn’s unmistakable voice shines throughout this novella. Sizzling with lively banter and clever turns of phrase, The Grownup’s got all the psychological twists and turns that made Gone Girl a blockbuster.
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Started off great
Started off great, witty, dark humoured which is what I love about all her books, it just quickly muddled to the end. I know it's a short story but could of gone on just a little longer, I'm hoping the reason is that Flynn is writing a full length book at the moment and this is just a taster. Read it if you want a quick bite.
Good short story
Wouldn't of paid if I had known just how short it was - my fault for not paying attention. It felt rushed towards the end to bring the story together. I wouldn't be too fussed to read what's happens next.