The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

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 o...

Details The Grownup

TitleThe Grownup
Release DateNov 3rd, 2015
GenreFiction, Short Stories, Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Audiobook, Mystery Thriller

Reviews The Grownup

  • 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 wealthy men to reading people's "auras". I didn't stop giving hand jobs because I wasn't good at it. I stopped giving hand jobs because I was the best at it. She's smart, ambitious and perceptive. She has a laid back attitude towards sex, even as a f...
  • karen
    holiday hand jobs are sad for everyone.2/3 of this story is fantastic. the ending is know how at the end of clue, you get a reasonable explanation for the murders and then this flashes on the screen:followed by a less-satisfying solutionand then thisfollowed by the big, silly ensemble ending? that's kind of what this feels like, but with all the fun sucked out. clue can get away with twisting and turning and running all over the place mak...
  • Raeleen Lemay
  • 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. At the end of the reading, my mind was so screwed up (but in the good way!), that I was thankful that she didn’t gave up a clear explanation about what just happened in those couple of hours while I was engaging into the book.Sometimes you need expla...
  • 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 where THE GROWN UP is concerned....I don't get it. This is just not good. Not good at all.It started out good.I am not a person easily shocked or put off by unlikable characters doing smutty things. So when the story started out with a women who gave ...
  • 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 star read). Not badly written but ridiculous.Yesterday we were in Indigo bookstore and they were selling this little piece of doo-doo for $12.99.Can you f'in believe it? This is the biggest sociopathic money-grab I've seen in publishing.I read this i...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: I begin this “review” – here’s a little Public Service Announcement for all you fine folks. While The Grownup had a publication date of yesterday – the story actually came out back in 2014 under the title What Do You Do? (Sidenote: New title is mucho better) which was contained in the short story collection Rogues. When I hopped over to the library website there were FI...
  • 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.’s Gillian Flynn If the old Twilight tv show and the lovely Black Mirror series were shaken and stirred..... well, you would have this itty bitty book to drive you crazy.I love a great short story, typically they concentrate on creating a mood, rather tha...
  • 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 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 🖤🐶🐺🐾
  • Maxwell
    It takes some serious skill to write a story that is so layered and has such well-developed characters in only 65 pages. But leave it to Gillian Flynn to do it. I loved this modern take on the classic haunted house story. It's messed up and so well executed. She's really great at creating voices that are identifiable and confidently written. Once again I'm out of Flynn material to read. Can't wait for whatever she comes up with next.
  • Deanna
    I really didn't think I was going to bother with this one. The very first description I saw was:"Gillian Flynn’s Edgar Award-winning homage to the classic ghost story, published for the first time as a standalone."After reading that description I wasn't all that interested. However, after reading a few reviews that piqued my interest I thought ah it's only 60ish pages long. What's the harm? I think if I hadn't known it was a short story when I ...
  • Mohammed Arabey
    A 64 pages like..having A Hand Job....for the mind by A Real Hand Job & "Aura read" expert, A Desperate Housewife, An Ancient Creepy Victorian House, A Wicked 15 years old boy -but looks 12- AND Gillian Flynn herself.Gone Girl جيليان فلين مؤلفة ستتلاعب بعقلك بشكل جهنمي هنا،مع فتاة خبيرة في منح الرجال العادة السرية وأيضا قراءات هالات البشر الروحية...
  • Darth J
    For my first Flynn, it really wasn't bad for the most part. (The ending made my eyes roll, but more on that later.) It seems that the writer is a keen study of the human condition, her snark is cold yet captivating and really cuts to the truth. (view spoiler)[ I hate an ending that leaves things up in the air. To leave it up for the readers to decide isn't edgy, it isn't new, it's obnoxious. This fucking Schrödinger's Box mumblecore bullshit whe...
  • Elyse Walters
    Audiobook....freebie from the library....Having 'zero' knowledge or information about this book...I downloaded it...only remembering that I saw it around on Goodreads. I couldn't even remember how people rated it, let alone what it's about.If the start of this book doesn't catch your attention, no book will. I was crackin-up...walking on the trail... ( hoping nobody could hear what I was listening too).....But then it got less interesting ..........
  • Reading Corner
    Despite the short length, The Grownup is another fantastic example of Gillian Flynn's talent in creating a tense,creepy tale through her terrific writing.The short story follows a fake psychic who agrees to help Susan as she's encountering problems with her 15 year old son, Miles and believes it could have something to do with their new house.This is another chilling tale by Gillian Flynn and never turns out how you expect it to.I really enjoyed ...
  • Dannii Elle
    First Reading: August 2016, Rating: 4 StarsSecond Reading: January 2019, Rating: 5 StarsGillian Flynn does it again!The Grownup was written in a completely different vein from what I had expected, given the genre of her other books. One thing that did remain the same, though, was that she managed to shock and misdirect her readers page after page!This follows the story of an unnamed sex-worker-turned-phony-physic and her bid to help a family plag...
  • Jen
    Flynn, you definitely know how to lure in a reader. Full shock value obtained in the opening page with the whole hand job introduction. I was unaware you could get carpal tunnel syndrome from giving too many although I guess any "job" comes with its occupational hazards.This story isn’t about hand jobs though. It’s a little twister that involves some creepy characters and a plot that just isn't deep enough. I need a longer story, Flynn! When ...
  • Megan Johnson
    I'm not usually one who loves paranormal or ghost stories, but I do love Gillian Flynn's work so I wasn't about to shy away because it's a genre I don't usually gravitate toward. Hence why I picked up The Grownup and was suddenly immersed in a world that is, well....let's just say "kooky."The Grownup is a short story that I read in about an hour. Set in a small town, the main character is an "aura reader" who is roped into conducting a sort of ma...
  • Iris P
    The GrownupWho knew Gillian Flynn had such a great sense of humor? The first 15 pages or so of The Grownup are so hilarious and made me laugh so hard I thought that alone justified the $2.99 I paid for the story!The story is breezy, funny and just a little bit spooky. I am big fan of Flynn's writing and love her capacity to entertain the reader while exploring very dark stories and characters.But The Grownup shows a more humorous side of Flynn th...
  • Felicia
    4.5-5This kept me guessing the entire time. I still don't know what to believe! Given that this book is just over sixty pages, I wasn't expecting a lot to be honest. I felt there was a complete story here though. I was pulled in and invested in what was happening to the characters. My only complaint is (view spoiler)[this isn't really a ghost story! I liked the twist(s) at the end, but I was more looking for that ghost/supernatural aspect. I feel...
  • Carol
    HA! I bet you've never read a novel that begins like this one.........I went to bed last night shaking my head and smiling after reading Gillian Flynn's new short story. (written for George R. R. Martin)Yep, it's dark, Yep, it's creepy-weird, and Yep, it has an ill-fated ambiguous ending and a nameless narrator. (no more hints)What do you believe? (view spoiler)[(I think she should have kept her "hand-job!") (hide spoiler)]
  • Diane S ☔
    1.5 A rather steep price is wanted for this short story. 9.99 for the book, 2.99 for kindle. Luckily I did not pay for it. The story was originally part of an anthology and possibly I would have liked it better there, surrounded by other writers and other stories. Or maybe not. Hand jobs to evil in a house, while at times amusing, did nothing for me as a whole. I wonder if Flynn's publisher advised her to put this out there, since she hasn't writ...
  • Paula
    The first few pages through me off a bit, but once you get to the house the story turns into a lot of fun. Only 64 pages, but worth it. I really enjoyed the ending which left you with a big question mark.If you like Jillian Flynn go ahead and read it.4 out of 5 stars.
  • Anne(marie)
    Actual rating: 4.5 I went into this thinking I'm not going to like it very much for two reasons:1. It has the lowest rating out of Gillian Flynn's books.2. I'm not a fan of short stories.Funnily enough, I ended up finding this to be the most interesting story out of the all the ones the wrote so far. There isn't much I can say about the plot or characters (since, after all, it's such a short piece of work - my copy has 57 pages with some rather ...
  • ALet
    /5This was an interesting read. At first, it was quite weird, but more story went on more gripping it become. Of course, this is a short story so it was very quick read, the plot was fascinating and everything action evolved quickly. The ending not gonna lie was unexpected form me, I didn’t predict it. This was a good short story. ★★★½ /5This was an interesting read. At first, it was quite weird, but more story went on more gripping it...
  • Debbie
    Here's the big-time anti-snooze opening line:“I didn’t stop giving hand jobs because I wasn’t good at it. I stopped giving hand jobs because I was the best at it.”Hm...that looks a little loud and shocking in boldface! But who cares? How can you beat an opener like that? And talk about having no idea where the story would go (could go) after that! For a minute, I was worried that the whole story might be about hand jobs—maybe it would t...
  • Elizabeth Sagan
    I’m not surprised that I liked this short story by Gillian Flynn since I absolutely loved Gone Girl. It reminded me of Apt Pupil by Stephen King (you should check that one too). The writing style is really beautiful and it draws you in from the first paragraph. And the plot twist was nicely made. I’ll give it plus points for the great dialogue at the end.
  • Patty
    This was a complete waste of money. I truly feel like I am the one who was tricked, conned, taken advantage of. I wish I had given this $3.00 to a homeless person. I wonder if Gillian Flynn will donate the proceeds of this to charity.