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.

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  • Mohammed Arabey
    Oct 23, 2016

    Mohammed Arabey

    A 64 pages like..having A Hand Job....for the mind by A Real Hand Job & "Aura read" expert ,A Desperate Housewife, An Ancient Creepy Victorian House, A Wicked 15 years old boy -but looks 12- AND Gillian Flynn herself.Gone Girl جيليان فلين مؤل?...

  • Will M.
    Sep 14, 2016

    Will M.

    I was a bit taken aback when I finished this short story, and it's because I enjoyed it. I normally don't read that much short stories but this one is written by one of my favorite authors. I've read Gone Girl and Dark Places, wherein I gave them both 5 stars. This short story lacks th...

  • Dannii Elle
    Aug 29, 2016

    Dannii Elle

    Gillian Flynn does it again!The Grownup was written in a completely different vein from what I had expected, given the genre of her other books. One thing that did remain the same, though, was that she manages to shock and misdirect her readers page after page!This follows the story of...

  • Riley
    Jun 23, 2016


    I would have loved to see this as a full length novel. I wasn't too impressed with it though. I guess I was expecting it to be more scary and it was pretty tame. ...

  • Reading Corner
    Mar 25, 2016

    Reading Corner

    Despite the short length, The Grownup is another fantastic example of Gillian Flynn's talent in creating a tense,creepy tale through her terrific writing.The short story follows a fake psychic who agrees to help Susan as she's encountering problems with her 15 year old son, Miles and b...

  • Elyse
    Mar 11, 2016


    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 a...

  • Maxwell
    Mar 5, 2016


    It takes some serious skill to write a story that is so layered and has such well-developed characters in only 65 pages. But leave it to Gillian Flynn to do it. I loved this modern take on the classic haunted house story. It's messed up and so well executed. She's really great at creat...

  • Zoeytron
    Feb 18, 2016


    I would be referring to this as a "booklet" if it were not hard bound. It is tiny. Really, really small. My hand can almost completely cover the book. And it's thin. It took me less than 30 minutes to read it. Have I mentioned this is not a large book? No tome here. There is a lengthy ...

  • Mandy Crider
    Feb 14, 2016

    Mandy Crider

    3.5 stars, it's a bit hard to wrap my head around a book that discusses hand jobs like it's the afternoon tea time. Gillian Flynn puts it all out there. That aside, the book was well written and written like most of Flynn's novels. I thought it was witty and got a good laugh out of it....

  • Diane S ☔
    Jan 9, 2016

    Diane S ☔

    1.5 A rather steep price is wanted for this short story. 9.99 for the book, 2.99 for kindle. Luckily I did not pay for it. The story was originally part of an anthology and possibly I would have liked it better there, surrounded by other writers and other stories. Or maybe not. Hand jo...