NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Gillian Flynn’s Edgar Award-winning homage to the classic ghost story, published for the first time as a standalone.
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,” which originally appeared as “What Do You Do?” in George R. R. Martin’s Rogues 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.
If you like Flynn’s writing style you will enjoy this short story
I’ve noticed a lot of people were upset they didn’t realize this was a short story, though the page number is listed. If you enjoy Flynn’s writing style, you will appreciate this creative and brief story with dark undertones.
Quick little read
Seems unfinished. Not at all like any of her other work.
Great quick read, but wish it was longer!