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The Grownup - Gillian Flynn

Paperback Published: 3rd November 2015
ISBN: 9781474603041
Number Of Pages: 80

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The Edgar-winning short story from the author of GONE GIRL. The perfect stocking filler for Flynn fans.

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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I have enjoyed her other books. Wouldn't recommend this one.

Melbourne Australia


Over before it began


This was a great story with interesting characters but its so short that it only took 45 minutes to read. I wanted more.



Clever and very funny!


Very funny! I would have liked it to have gone for a few more pages, but still very well written.

Melbourne, Australia


Great read!


The book is a great read however the story ends all too quickly



Not Like Gone Girl


I found this a bit creepy. I had enjoyed Gone Girl but this was altogether more sinister

Maniototo, New Zealand


Short & Sweet!


Was so excited to see another book by Gillian Flynn, love her books! They have a way go drawing you in and you cannot put it down! This book was no different, BUT it was over too quickly! -Can read this book in one sitting!



The Grownup

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GONE GIRL builds on the extraordinary achievements of Gillian Flynn's first two books and delivers the reader into the claustrophobic world of a failing marriage. We all know the story, right? Beautiful wife disappears; husband doesn't seem as distraught as he should be under the circumstances. But Flynn takes this sturdy trope of the 24-hour news cycle and turns it inside out, providing a devastating portrait of a marriage and a timely, cautionary tale about an age in which everyone's dreams seem to be imploding - Laura Lippman on GONE GIRL

Gone Girl is one of the best and most frightening portraits of psychopathy I've ever read. Nick and Amy manipulate each other with savage, merciless and often darkly witty dexterity. This is a wonderful and terrifying book about how the happy surface normality and the underlying darkness can become too closely interwoven to separate. - Tana French, New York Times bestselling author of Faithful Place and Into the Woods on GONE GIRL

Gillian Flynn's GONE GIRL reminds me of Patricia Highsmith at the top of her game... With GONE GIRL, she's placed herself at the top of the short list of authors who have mastered the art of crafting a tense story with terrifyingly believable characters - Karin Slaughter on GONE GIRL

(GONE GIRL) turned the rules of your average psychological thriller inside-out...it's breathtaking - THE TIMES

ISBN: 9781474603041
ISBN-10: 1474603041
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 80
Published: 3rd November 2015
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.0  x 0.7
Weight (kg): 0.1
Edition Number: 1

Gillian Flynn

About the Author

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.

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