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The Grownup

A Story by the Author of Gone Girl
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
4 out of 5 stars (898 ratings)
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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.

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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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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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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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ending

I dont understand this book... I was interested and I tried but there is no ending. it builds you up to Fall on your face not knowing what happened or why...

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Very odd writers conceit used; disappointing

Took a detour from “Dirty John” for this (very) short story from Gillian Flynn, the author of “Gone Girl,” which I recently read.

For the majority of this tale I delighted in being back among the turns of phrase and smart perspective Flynn uses. And then it got to the crucial moment...you know, THE moment in all good ghost stories where the verynextthing you read is going to be the big reveal, the puncture in suspense that’s been building. It’s a moment to relish.

Unfortunately, Flynn, who clearly *knows* how to handle suspense, pulls what seems to be a rookie move by using first one and then another of her three main characters to stop dead and just explain everything that’s happened in the whole story so far.

“So then so and so thought but I said and it was obvious you were fooled...” And it wasn’t just a couple sentences. It went on and on and on. Considering the third main character was about to return AT ANY SECOND, it was really a bonehead move.

Considering this story is so short, this damaged the ending for me. There wasn’t much left to the book after and I felt bummed. It wouldn’t keep me from trying another book by Gillian Flynn but I can’t recommend this one.

The narrator turned in a nice performance. Her Twitter profile says she was Narrator of the Year for 2014 but I found she’s actually won many narration awards.

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Boring<br />

I am a fan of her books, but I didnt like this at all. It was predictable and boring. I found the characters to be annoying.

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disappointed

I felt as though this story ended just as it was getting good. there was a good amount of character build and the story line seemed like it was going somewhere and then it just suddenly ended.

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  • Dan
  • Rio Rancho, NEW MEXICO, United States
  • 12-02-18

awesome story - so short

what the hell? this isn't a book. it was barely an hour long. Belong in a book of short stories.