The Grownup

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Orion Publishing Group, Limited, Nov 3, 2015 - Fiction - 80 pages

A young woman is making a living faking it as a cut-price psychic (with some illegal soft-core sex work on the side). She makes a decent wage mostly by telling people what they want to hear. But then she meets Susan Burke.

Susan moved to the city one year ago with her husband and 15-year-old stepson Miles. They live in a Victorian house called Carterhook Manor. Susan has become convinced that some malevolent spirit is inhabiting their home. The young woman doesn't believe in exorcism or the supernatural. However when she enters the house for the first time, she begins to feel it too, as if the very house is watching her, waiting, biding its time . . .

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.

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User Review  - readingover50 - LibraryThing

This was a really good short story. It had a lot of elements in it. Sex workers, psychics, ghosts, psychopaths, con artists. The characters were really interesting and fun to read. The actual "ghost ... Read full review

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User Review  - asxz - LibraryThing

I got this for free from the Book of the Month Club or I would never have bothered because I bloody hated Gone Girl. And it suffers from the exact same problems as that bloody book. The writing is smart enough but the ending is bloody annoying - everyone is bonkers... ta dah! Ugh. Read full review

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About the author (2015)

GILLIAN FLYNN is the author of the #1 SUNDAY TIMES bestseller GONE GIRL, for which she wrote the Golden Globe-nominated screenplay, and the SUNDAY TIMES bestsellers DARK PLACES and SHARP OBJECTS. A former critic for ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, she lives in Chicago with her husband and children.

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