The Grownup

The Grownup

A Story by the Author of Gone Girl

Book - 2015
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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.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishing Group, 2015
Edition: First hardcover edition
ISBN: 9780804188975
Branch Call Number: FIC Flyn
Characteristics: 63 pages ; 19 cm


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Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl, was challenged by George R. R. Martin to write a ghost story. This creepy novella is the result.

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Jun 30, 2020

Super open ended and you don't really know what the "truth" is in the end but it was a really interesting story. The more I reflect on it, the more I think I like it.

Feb 24, 2020

This book had promise...but I was quite disappointed with the stories shortness.

Jul 14, 2019

Dear Gillian:

Please write a real book soon.

Thank you.

Apr 18, 2019

Just Gillian Flynn in all of her fucked up goodness. A nice appetizer until she publishes her next book!

Apr 16, 2019

Now here's a creepy tale...and one that makes the reader really think. I was reminded of The Turn of the Screw, The Haunting of Hill House and The Shining-definitely a great Gillian Flynn story.

Feb 14, 2019

One of the funniest leads about carpel tunnel from giving hand jobs at work. Creepy story, great surprise ending.

A scam artist posing as a psychic latches on to one of her clients and gets much more than she bargained for in Gillian Flynn’s eerie, engrossing novella “The Grownup.” Fans of Flynn’s caustic wit, dark humor and very messed up female protagonists won’t be disappointed, and fans of ghost stories looking for a quick read will be satisfied as well. The story is fast paced (a very quick 63-paged read) and, in true Gillian Flynn fashion, full of twists. It leaves you on a “I’m not sure what I just read” kind of note. Recommended for a rainy evening or a long bus ride! (Submitted by Mandi).

Oct 02, 2018

Short and interesting.
I wish there were more books written by Flynn as I have enjoyed everything she has ever written.

Sep 17, 2018

A entertaining quick read - would make a good episode on a "Twilight Zone" type TV series.

Jul 25, 2018

As creepy as Gone Girl. A single CD - so more of a novella than a novel. That Ms. Flynn sure knows how to write a gripping tale.

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ReadingAdviser_Sally Mar 13, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Some frightening and intense scenes.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Mar 13, 2018

Sexual Content: Hand jobs and talk of prostitution.


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Dec 06, 2015

She came up here for college, but her daddy got cancer, and the farm got sold, and ends stopped meeting …
But big house in the city, husbands who didn’t beat them and helped with the kids, sometimes with careers but always with book clubs. And still they felt sad. That’s what they always ended up saying: “But I’m just said.” Felling sad means having too much time on your hands, usually.
“… I’m not haunted, I’m just a run-of-the-mill teen sociopath. You pushed me too hard, I killed you. ...”

This tiny teen needed a grown-up to move in the world, and there was nothing a con girl could use more than a great con kid. “What do you do?” people would ask, and I’d say, “I’m a mom.”

But I was either screwed or not screwed, so I chose to believe I wasn’t. … Convincing myself what I was doing was reasonable. Not decent, but reasonable,

Sonjahv Nov 14, 2015

"When people ask me that question that everyone asks: What do you do? I'd say, I'm in customer service, which was true. To me that's a nice day's work when you make a lot of people smile. I know that sounds too earnest, but it's true. I mean I would rather be a librarian, but I worry about the job security. Books may be temporary; dicks are forever."


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