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Publisher's Summary

Gillian Flynn's Edgar Award-winning homage to the classic ghost story, published for the first time as a standalone.

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, 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.

©2015 Gillian Flynn (P)2015 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Julia Whelan narrates this ghost story with insight, depth, and passion.... As she skillfully merges the deceptive characters, a haunting tone, and compelling events, the audiobook doesn't need mood music. Whelan can raise goosebumps and keep listeners on the edge of their seats all by herself." ( AudioFile)

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The Grownup

Too short to get my attention. I have read Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, Sharp Objects and Dark Images, which were all great reads -- so I was expecting more'

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  • cristina
  • Somerville, MA, United States
  • 11-25-15

Not long enough

The first fifteen minutes of this novel are hilarious. I literally laughed out loud as I walked to the office. Then it turns dark and creepy (in a good way, as Flynn knows to do). However, the story is simply not long enough. It peaks...and it's over. Leaving you wanting more. I can't wait for her next real novel.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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I'll take Gillian in any form.

So it ends abruptly leading the reader to believe there will be more. Is this a trick? Will there be another chapter, short story, sequel? Or was the ending not abrupt and we see the Nerdy's live come full circle. Does she finally become the grownup she's been struggling toward, or the grownup she's been trained to be... a fraud. Interesting book.

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Well written, ok story

I enjoy Gillian Flynn's work mostly because of her writing style: intelligent, real, with a stand-out talent for prose and subtle humor. The writing in this story hooked me from the first sentence, but the story failed to grab me. An interesting character study devolves quickly into dull mystery and murder for murder's sake. The reader is supposed to be horrified, and the "twist" is suppose to catch one off guard -- but is as predictable as can be. I am always a fan of this author -- but this short story could use some work.

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Good short story, ending fell flat

While this short story was intriguing overall, I was left feeling disappointed with the last 1/3 of it. It really rushed at the end, and I feel would have been a much stronger story if it was a novel and delve into things more, like her other stories. Worth a listen!

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Funniest ending I've ever read!

A woman making her way through life doing things others wouldn't want to meets a woman and her child, and it changes her course. No spoilers, but you should read it.

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Did I just pay $10 for a short story?

I’ve been very satisfied until now. This is like a tease!
Not worth the money or the point!

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Really good book!!

I always love her books. I love the way it ended I hope she continues to write in this world.

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Gillian Flynn does it again!!

I️ have loved ALL of Gillian Flynn’s books! Her ability to maintain the element of surprise in her stories is incredible. This short story was no different. I️ can not wait until her next novel!

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Do yourself the favor of reading this book!

I don't normally review audio books, but this one warrants at least a brief review, for all the right reasons. I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to all of Gillian Flynn's novels, but her wit and (dark) sense of humor shine in this short story. I found myself laughing often, and by the middle of the story, sitting on the edge of my seat. This is, by far, the best audio book experience I've had this year. Do yourself the favor of listening to or reading this book!