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The Grownup: A Story by the Author of Gone Girl
     

The Grownup: A Story by the Author of Gone Girl

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by Gillian Flynn
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804188975
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
11/03/2015
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
30,144
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

GILLIAN FLYNN is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Gone Girl and the New York Times bestsellers Dark Places and Sharp Objects. A former writer and critic for Entertainment Weekly, she lives in Chicago with her husband and children.

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The Grownup: A Story by the Author of Gone Girl 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love her and her books, including this one. I would give it 5 stars but was so disappointed in the length. Read the entire 40 pages while on the treadmill & it left me wanting so much more! When did Gillian Flynn start writing short stories?l
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had no idea it was 40 pages and on top of that it moved too fast and ended even faster. Wasted money
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I paid for a 40 page book with a bad ending?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I paid for and waited for a 40 page story? Not worth the money or the wait.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was twisted and bizarre like I expected but there was no real truth to the ending. Also it was super super short.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting twist on a ghost story executed wonderfully by Gillian Flynn. At 40 pages, it's a quick, fun read. I can't wait for her next full length novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great tease while we wait for whatever Ms. Flynn has in store for us next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish the story kept going, I love Jillian's writing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very short. It also didn't have an ending. Very disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gillian Flynn can sure weave a tale together. It's a short story that brings the Alfred Hitchcock presents short TV tales to mind. Gillian brings out the nasty,conniving, and dark elements of her characters. Short story...but deliciously dark.
lindianajones More than 1 year ago
This is a short story. I want to make that perfectly clear. It is a very short story. It is obvious that the only reason this story is available for individual sale is because it was written by the Critic’s darling, Gillian Flynn. I can take or leave her novels. I thought Gone Girl ended like she jumped off a cliff and forgot to finish it. I enjoyed her earlier novels much more. This story which originally appeared in George R.R. Martin’s "Rogues" anthology as “What do you do?” What you don’t do is pay this much for one story when for twice the amount you can purchase the entire George R.R. Martin’s "Rogues" anthology. THAT book has TWENTY ONE stories in it rather than just ONE. It was an okay story overall but nothing special. So I’m only giving it 2 stars out of 5. DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A short story needs an ending!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stupid, stupid, stupid! Big fat waste of time and money.
IAmy More than 1 year ago
I must confess this is my very first read by this author. Shocking I know with the popularity of Gone Girl. I can not tell you how many people have told me I MUST read that book… Okay maybe I just didn’t count, but I would say it is at least half a dozen including one of my friends that knows my reading taste pretty well. I knew Flynn is a dark suspenseful author and I have to be in the right mood for a book where I know I might not like the characters and there is little possibility for a happy ending. I read to escape and her books just never seemed the right fit for me regardless of how often it is recommended to me. That’s why when I saw this book up for review I decided that a short story would be an excellent way to try out this wildly popular author. I have to say it wasn’t bad, I think I might give Gone Girl or one of the other titles a try now. I liked the darker lead character, she wasn’t a saint by any means, but still likable. The humor was very dry, not laugh out loud funny (for me), but more of a make you smirk while reading. The story grabbed you with a great opening line and sucked you right in with just enough back ground information without bogging things down. This short story has tons of twists and turns in its mere 62 pages. Some I saw coming, some I didn’t. Readers that need closure at the end of a story might be frustrated with this one, but I kind of liked how the author left it with the reader getting to draw their own conclusions as to what happens next. Over all it is a quick fun read that can fit in your purse or coat pocket to take and read when waiting for an appointment somewhere. It isn’t gory or really that scary, but it quite clever and I think fans of Flynn will really like it. If you are like me and haven’t read this author before this is a great way to give her a try to see if she is a good match for you. The retail price for the print version is a bit much in my opinion for such a short story, but it probably won’t stop fans from picking this one up to have in their collection. Personally would go with the e-version that is much more reasonably priced… I received a copy of this book from the publisher through the Blogging for Books program for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't get this at all
feather_lashes 11 months ago
I've enjoyed all of Gillian Flynn's work to-date with this little 64-page gem being no exception. It's dark with a thread of horror that I just ate up. I wish it were longer but I'll take any little bit of imagination Ms. Flynn is willing to give! My favorite quote: “Millions of dollars later, and neither of them were happy. Money is wasted on the rich.”
Anonymous 11 months ago
Great story. Flynn is awesome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This short story needs to be turned into a book! It definitely left me wanting more!!
JudyBookLover More than 1 year ago
Not quite a book! But I still thought it was a pretty good story - I'm trying to read all of Ms Flynn's work - I guess this one published as a short novel because of she recent popularity and she is from my home town of KC. It's the story of a woman who is a con artist pretending to be a psychic. She gets involved in a family where the oldest son seems to be possessed by an evil ghost. She at first just wants to take the family for all the money she can get. Later she comes to like them and really wants to help - but maybe no one can! It's really short and I read it in about an hour. Still if you like Ms Flynn and/or ghost stories then it is a good short read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its too short, i got way too excited about another flynn novel amd this broke my heart.. ending left me wanting a sequel and the story moved too quick. Give us more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A twist like always!
ChessTiger More than 1 year ago
I completed this book yesterday (2016.04.14) and I loved it!! Just when I thought it was going to go one way; it went another. She wrote it as a short story; thus the 40 pages. So we should ignore those who complain about the length. It is a great read.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading this short story, I had no idea where it was headed. As Gillian began the novel with a detailed narrative of the character’s sensual occupation detailing why they called their clients Tony’s, I wondered exactly what type of novel Gillian Flynn had written. It seemed rather risqué compared to her other novels but as I read, the novel slowly took on a mystifying element. Now this was the Gillian Flynn that I knew. As the story progressed, I became deeply involved as Susan Burke was introduced and Susan found someone to share her story with. Nerdy listened and in the back of her mind, other thoughts were forming. Susan visited Nerdy often, her story escalating each time and I began to wonder when Nerdy was going to tell her the truth about her identity or do something to stop their relationship. Nerdy had this woman wrapped around her finger though with her story of being a fortune-teller yet the story that Susan was unleashing to Nerdy was more than I thought Nerdy could handle. Nerdy was envisioning dollar signs as Susan’s story intensified and all I saw was trouble with a capital T for Nerdy, as the woman’s story was not something a typical seer handles. Wonderfully played and drawn out, I liked the ending although I thought it was rather short and cut off compared to the rest of the novel. As these woman leaned on one another, trying to weather the situation, what occurs was not what I had expected, nice job Gillian.
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