The Grown up by Gillian Flynn

The Grownup

By: Gillian Flynn
Pages: 64
Publisher: Crown
Published on: November 3rd 2015
The Grown up by Gillian Flynn

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. Martin’s Rogues anthology.


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The Grown Up by Gillian Flynn is not what I initially expected, but it ended up really good.


Gillian has Grown Up focus on a young unnamed woman. This woman is a fraudulent psychic. She just so happens to be working when Susan Burke comes in.  Susan has some issues going on in her house, and she offers the MC money to come and help.  Assuming that Susan is just a little off her rocker, she gladly takes the job, I mean money is money right?


Once the MC arrives, she realizes this isn’t a walk in the park. In fact it will not be as easy as she thought.  When she meets Susan’s son, it becomes a lot more serious, especially with she actually begins to see ghosts.  I guess sometimes being a fake psychic is enough.


A friend gave me this book and it actually took me awhile before I opened it. I mean it is only 67 pages long, but the title was something that I was unsure of to be honest.  After I finished, I almost read it again, not just because it was short, but also because I wanted to make sure I read what I thought I read.  Overall I was pleasantly surprised and I was glad to have received it.  I would suggest if you like horror or ghost type stories to pick this one up. One point to notice, this author also wrote “Gone Girl”.



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About 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 Missouri town, and the reporter who has returned from Chicago to cover the event. Themes include dysfunctional families,violence and self-harm.

In 2007 the novel was shortlisted for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar for Best First Novel by an American Writer, Crime Writers' Association Duncan Lawrie, CWA New Blood and Ian Fleming Steel Daggers, winning in the last two categories.

Flynn, who lives in Chicago, grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated at the University of Kansas, and qualified for a Master's degree from Northwestern University.

Review Quotes:
"Gillian Flynn is the real deal, a sharp, acerbic, and compelling storyteller with a knack for the macabre."
–Stephen King

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