The Grownup
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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.

Title:The Grownup
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:64 pages

    The Grownup Reviews

  • Emily May
    Sep 26, 2015

    The first part of this short story is... expected. It is exactly what I would expect from Gillian Flynn. An unnamed female narrator manipulates people every day in her job - from giving hand jobs to w...

  • Raeleen Lemay
    Nov 14, 2015


  • karen
    Dec 14, 2015

    holiday hand jobs are sad for everyone.2/3 of this story is fantastic. the ending is know how at the end of clue, you get a reasonable explanation for the murders and then this flashes on the ...

  • Alejandro
    Jan 08, 2016

    I loved the book! What better compliment can I say? TWISTING YOUR MIND Gillian Flynn! You did it again!I loved to read this short story!I loved how Gillian Flynn, the author, played with my brain. A...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Nov 04, 2015

    Find all of my reviews at: I begin this “review” – here’s a little Public Service Announcement for all you fine folks. While The Grownup had a publicat...

  • Jaidee
    Jan 04, 2017

    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 st...

  • Delee
    Dec 11, 2015

    2.5Let me just start by saying- I am a huge Gillian Flynn fan. I loved Dark Places more than words can say- and I adored Gone Girl. So I am not one of the "what is all the hype about?" people....but w...

  • Maxwell
    Mar 05, 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...

  • Deanna
    Nov 20, 2015

    I really didn't think I was going to bother with this one. The very first description I saw was:"Gillian Flynn’s Edgar Award-winning homage to the classic ghost story, published for the first time a...

  • Darth J
    Nov 17, 2015

    For my first Flynn, it really wasn't bad for the most part. (The ending made my eyes roll, but more on that later.) It seems that the writer is a keen study of the human condition, her snark is cold y...

About Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn is an American author and television critic for Entertainment Weekly. She has so far written three novels, Sharp Objects, for which she won the 2007 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the best thriller; Dark Places; and her best-selling third novel Gone Girl.Her book has received wide praise, including from authors such as Stephen King. The dark plot revolves around a serial killer in a Mi