The Grownup

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, originally appeared as What Do You Do? in George R. R. Martins Rogues anthology...

The Grownup Reviews

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j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]


This is a short story, people! Don’t get your panties in a twist saying you don’t understand such a short weird novel. Yes, it’s short! Yes, it’s weird and dark.’s Gillian Flynn 😍😍

If the old Twilight tv show and the lovely Black Mirror series were shaken and stirred..... well, you would have this itty bitty book to drive you crazy.

I love a great short story, typically they concentrate on creating a mood, rather than a plot. Flynn does not disappoint with The Grownup. It’

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Aly's Bookish Wonderland

A child who terrorized his little brother and threatened his stepmom. Who told me calmly that I would die. A kid who cut the tail off the family pet. A house that attacked and manipulated its own inhabitants. A house that had already seen four deaths and wanted more.

In true Flynn fashion, The Grownup will leave you scarred for a good few months (if not for the rest of your life). It's spooky, it's twisted and, as always, there's that creepy as hell 'whodunnit' aspect that will make you check

The Grownup

I loved the book! What better compliment can I say?


Gillian Flynn! You did it again!

I loved to read this short story!

I loved how Gillian Flynn, the author, played with my brain. At the end of the reading, my mind was so screwed up (but in the good way!), that I was thankful that she didn’t gave up a clear explanation about what just happened in those couple of hours while I was engaging into the book.

Sometimes you need explanations, and I have no doubt that some people need

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Audiobook....freebie from the library....

Having 'zero' knowledge or information about this book...I downloaded it...

only remembering that I saw it around on Goodreads. I couldn't even remember how people rated it, let alone what it's about.

If the start of this book doesn't catch your attention, no book will.

I was crackin-up...walking on the trail... ( hoping nobody could hear what I was

listening too).

....But then it got less interesting ...

....Then a little less interesting...

....Then just wei

The Grownup

This was a complete waste of money. I truly feel like I am the one who was tricked, conned, taken advantage of. I wish I had given this $3.00 to a homeless person. I wonder if Gillian Flynn will donate the proceeds of this to charity.

The Grownup

“People are dumb. I’ll never get over how dumb people are.”

― Gillian Flynn, The Grownup


A well written short story. Mysterious, suspenseful and totally satisfying.

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1 "this short story is the biggest scam and piece of crap" stars.

2016 Book I was most afraid to Hate (Runner Up)

This book f'in infuriated me!

Some of you know I was not a big fan of Gone Girl (2.5 star read). Not badly written but ridiculous.

Yesterday we were in Indigo bookstore and they were selling this little piece of doo-doo for $12.99.

Can you f'in believe it?

This is the biggest sociopathic money-grab I've seen in publishing.

I read this in 25 minutes and I borrowed it from the library.


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Paula Kalin

The first few pages through me off a bit, but once you get to the house the story turns into a lot of fun. Only 64 pages, but worth it. I really enjoyed the ending which left you with a big question mark.

If you like Jillian Flynn go ahead and read it.

4 out of 5 stars.