The Edgar-winning short story from the author of Gone Girl.
A young woman is making a living, faking it as a cut-price psychic working at Spiritual Palms (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, built in 1893. Susan has become convinced that some malevolent spirit is inhabiting their home and taking possession of the stepson. She has even found trickles of blood on the wall.
The young woman doesn't believe in exorcism or the supernatural, but she does see an opportunity to make a lot of money. However, when she enters the house for the first time and meets Miles, 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 anthology, proves once again that Gillian Flynn is one of the world's most original and skilled voices in fiction.
©2014 Gillian Flynn (P)2015 Penguin Random House Inc
I forgot to check the length of this before purchasing and was disappointed to find out it only lasted just over an hour. I was expecting a novel.
Useless story - don't waste your money
Disappointed with Gillian - was my favourite author but this is a low point
"Short but sweet!"
Dark, twisted and funny! A great listen for fans of Flynns 'Dark Places'. Highly recommended.
"2 stars is probably generous"
The story was good until it got towards the end where it seemed rushed, like they just stuck any old ending on it. Really disappointed.
"Very engaging, but ended abruptly"
The narrator and emphasis really brought the story to life. And made me laugh in places
The opening line
Brings it to life
"Only negative- I want more!!"
This was excellently performed by Julia Whelan and I must say I was very impressed by her clear differences in each character's voice. She is particularly very good at young children's voices even though she only had very little to say as that character.
Gillian Flynn naturally took me by surprise. He always does. Fantastic author, hooking story and very well written. Everything believable. And once again, powerful female characters which is a nice change when looking at most decent thrillers.
As I said in the title, I just wanted more!
Great story only wish it wasn't so short. I felt she could have made it last longer.
This is actually perfect in every way. It left me wanting more. Surely, her next full length book is due to be published soon?
"Great short but left me hungering for more."
Beautiful little twists and turns that leave you wondering which way this is going to go, but only 4/5 because it left me craving for more and could be expanded out.
Julian Whelan has one of those voices that I could listen to for hours, with a nuance of flirtation in her narration.
Great short read/listen. But please sir, I want some more.
"Very good but a little hurried"
I very much enjoy Gillian Flynn's work but there were just too many twists in the last section of the book. They were all good, but I would've enjoyed more time being spent on each.
An excellent novella nonetheless.
Lots of twists and turns, read in such a matter of fact way that you are drawn into the story because it becomes more plausible, let's face it who hasn't wondered at some point which person is telling the truth and which a lie. Very flippant on the surface, but so very unsettling underneath and no gore, it's all simply implied. The very best sort of psychological thriller !
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