It seems almost redundant to be writing a recommendation for a Gillian Flynn book; after all, we all know her by now, and we all love her. Still, The Grownup is definitely worth talking about. Part ghost story and part psychological thriller, this may be the author’s most insidious work to date – and for Gillian Flynn, that is saying something. I have been a fan of hers since Sharp Objects was first published, yet I am continually amazed by her ability to surprise and disturb me. This time around, it only takes her 62 pages to chill me to the bone. With paralyzing suspense, razor sharp writing, and some of her most twisted characters yet, The Grownup solidifies her place as one of my favorite living authors.— Jason
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.
About the Author
GILLIAN FLYNN is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Gone Girl and the New York Times bestsellers Dark Places and Sharp Objects. A former writer and critic for Entertainment Weekly, she lives in Chicago with her husband and children.