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The Grownup - Gillian Flynn

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Published: 3rd November 2015
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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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4.0

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83%

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  • Well written (5)
  • Engaging characters (4)
  • Page turner (3)
  • Suspenseful (3)

Cons

  • Not what I expected (3)

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3.0

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    Cons

    • Not the Author's Best

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    • Wouldn't say it was suitable to give as gift

    Comments about The Grownup:

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

     
    4.0

    Over before it began

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    from Sydney

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    Pros

    • Engaging Characters
    • Page Turner
    • Suspenseful
    • Well Written

    Cons

    • Short Story

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      Comments about The Grownup:

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

       
      4.0

      Clever and very funny!

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      from Melbourne, Australia

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      Pros

      • Clever
      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Engaging Characters
      • Hilarious
      • Page Turner
      • Suspenseful
      • Well Written

      Cons

      • If Only It Were Longer
      • Not What I expected

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      • Adults

      Comments about The Grownup:

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

       
      5.0

      Great read!

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      from Melbourne

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      Pros

      • Engaging Characters
      • Page Turner
      • Well Written

      Cons

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        Comments about The Grownup:

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

         
        4.0

        Not Like Gone Girl

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        from Maniototo, New Zealand

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        • Suspenseful
        • Well Written

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        • Not What I expected

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          Comments about The Grownup:

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

           
          4.0

          Short & Sweet!

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          Pros

          • Engaging Characters
          • Well Written

          Cons

          • Not What I expected

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            Comments about The Grownup:

            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!

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            Whilst the bestselling Gone Girl is still the title being devoured at every book club, author Gillian Flynn has moved on with her latest offering The Grownup. It's a short story about a woman who earns a living pretending to be a psychic. HELLO FASHION MONTHLY Gillian Flynn's The Grownup is a psychologically taut novella told from the viewpoint of a con artist, who attempted trick is thwarted by a malevolent teenage boy. VOGUE a fierce, sharply written tale METRO Stories should be taut but humming with ambiguity, and The Grownup is both. THE SPECTATOR a chilling short story about a fake clairvoyant who gets tangled up with a mysterious family. GOOD HOUSEKEEPING This chilling short story from the author of Gone Girl is not for the faint-hearted. WOMAN AND HOME Flynn is as adept as ever at building up a character into someone likeable and believable while still corrupt. THE INDEPENDENT A fantastic read that will leave you wanting more from Gillian. CLOSER For millions who adored Gone Girl, this 60-page novella offers a taste of Flynn's brilliance. SUNDAY MIRROR The Gone Girl writer gives us chills again with the story of a young woman conning people as a psychic who develops a real feel for the supernatural. GRAZIA it manages to evoke an atmosphere of freezing dread before Flynn's by-now-signature sequence of twists enters the narrative DAILY TELEGRAPH fans of Flynn's work definitely won't be disappointed PRESS ASSOCIATION a cracker... the story's sassy narration, Gone Girl twistiness and blend of comedy and chills are pure Flynn. SUNDAY TIMES The Grownup will not disappoint expectant fans. THE BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH Flynn is a brilliant plot-twister and manipulator of readers' expectations. The Grownup keeps you guessing until the end - and beyond. THE TIMES The Grownup is accomplished storytelling, an impressive teaser to keep fans engaged while they await her next full-length outing. THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

            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.

            Visit Gillian Flynn's Booktopia Author Page


            ISBN: 9781474603041
            ISBN-10: 1474603041
            Audience: General
            Format: Paperback
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 96
            Published: 3rd November 2015
            Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
            Country of Publication: GB
            Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 0.8
            Weight (kg): 0.09
            Edition Number: 1