The Grownup

The Grownup

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,” originally appeared as “What Do You Do?” in George R. R. Martin’s Rogues anthology.

Title:The Grownup
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780804188975
Format Type:

    The Grownup Reviews

  • Emily May

    The first part of this short story is... expected. It is exactly what I would expect from Gillian Flynn. An unnamed female narrator manipulates people every day in her job - from giving hand jobs to w...

  • karen

    holiday hand jobs are sad for everyone.2/3 of this story is fantastic. the ending is not.you know how at the end of clue, you get a reasonable explanation for the murders and then this flashes on the ...

  • Raeleen Lemay

    VERY GOOD AND CREEPY MUCH WOW...

  • Alejandro

    I loved the book! What better compliment can I say? TWISTING YOUR MIND Gillian Flynn! You did it again!I loved to read this short story!I loved how Gillian Flynn, the author, played with my brain. A...

  • Delee

    2.5Let me just start by saying- I am a huge Gillian Flynn fan. I loved Dark Places more than words can say- and I adored Gone Girl. So I am not one of the "what is all the hype about?" people....but w...

  • Lala BooksandLala

    read it for the first time in the Rogues anthology and loved it. bought it as it's own copy and loved it even more the second time around....

  • Jaidee

    1 "this short story is the biggest scam and piece of crap" stars !! 2016 Book I was most afraid to Hate (Runner Up) This book f'in infuriated me!Some of you know I was not a big fan of Gone Girl (2.5 ...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/Before I begin this “review” – here’s a little Public Service Announcement for all you fine folks. While The Grownup had a publicat...

  • j e w e l s

    5 STARSThis is a short story, people! Don’t get your panties in a twist saying you don’t understand such a short weird novel. Yes, it’s short! Yes, it’s weird and dark. HELLERRRRRR...it’s G...

  • Melissa ? Dog/Wolf Lover ? Martin

    Holy crap on a cracker! That was so damn bizarre and good, I went and bought the kindle edition after reading the library book!! I can’t even people!!Happy Reading! Mel...