Publication Date: November 3, 2015
Genres: Thriller and Suspense
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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.
Gillian Flynn is wacked- in a good way. Each and every one of her stories lead you to believe in one thing about the characters and then she turns on you and that one thing you believed in becomes moot. This one is no different.
Gillian Flynn has a certain writing quality that leaves readers craving her books. Her stories are absolutely brilliant, dark, suspenseful, and thrilling. With this one, I started to get a bit worried because some of it is really creepy. But then BAM the mood changes and something else unbelievable happens.
For those who haven’t read a Gillian Flynn book –YOU MUST- Her books are so unique that I can hardly wrap my head around it. Many books say that “they are like Gillian Flynn’s novels” but this statement is not true. No one writes like Flynn… No one. I will say though that I really wished she would have published this as a full length novel rather than a short story. It has so much potential and the ending just abruptly ends. Guess we’ll never know what happens between Miles and the “grownup”. Absolutely loved this one. Pick it up! It’s well worth the money. And Gillian Flynn, if you can hear me, PLEASE continue writing and get us fans another full length novel STAT. I am hooked.