- Hardcover: 64 pages
- Publisher: Crown (November 3, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780804188975
- ISBN-13: 978-0804188975
- ASIN: 0804188971
- Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 0.5 x 7.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,264 customer reviews
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The Grownup: A Story by the Author of Gone Girl Hardcover – November 3, 2015
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An Amazon Best Book of November 2015: If you've read Gone Girl (and odds are you have) you know Gillian Flynn’s talent for playing cat and mouse with her readers. In The Grownup she does it again but in only 62 pages. The story opens with this: “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.” It’s a helluva way to start, and the curiosity it raises is just the beginning. The narrator is a born and raised scam artist who sees a chance to leave light sex work behind for a career in what she does best, reading people and telling them what they want to hear. Susan seems like the perfect mark--rich, desperate, and terrified of the evil she says lives in her house. But things are not what they seem, especially with Flynn at the helm. A short story written for George R.R. Martin’s Rogues anthology, The Grownup is a tightly wrought psychological thrill ride that will leave readers replaying every well spent moment. – Seira Wilson
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.
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1. The book seemed rush. Before reading the end I felt the book had more potential as an actual novel instead of a short story. Had the book at least ended properly I would have given it at least three stars.
2. Again, the ending was just horrible. It did not go with the idea of the books and was completely left field. This book will make you upset when you read the end, so buyer beware!!!
I must say I am disappointed in Flynn. I have read all her books and found them to be enjoyable. My favorite books in order are Sharp objects, Dark places, then Gone Girl. Yes, I liked those better than Gone Girl, but that's not to say the book was bad. Gone Girl was an amazing book as well, it's just was not my favorite. However, this book is one that I would like to forget the author wrote. It was rushed and should not have been published. Not sure who the editor was that approved this book as a good short story. Hope this helps
The first 3/4 of the book is pretty amazing and very Gillian Flynn. I'm always drawn in by her biting prose and he likeable, unlikeable characters. She always finds a way to write real, terrible people. Nerdy, fit right into her rogues gallery.
The story starts to build pretty quickly and it drew me in, but then just as it was getting going, it ended and stupidly. I keep hoping this is the beginning of a much larger story, but I won't get my hopes up too much here.
I read this in about 30 min and definitely give the first 3/4 of the book a 4 star rating, but the lame and rushed ending, gets a 1.
Anyway, the main story goes like this - a psychic/sex worker (it is complicated) is asked to come cleanse a house of malevolent spirits by a rich woman. She first thinks that the woman will be easy to trick, but while in the house, she starts to feel watched, and creeped out. The creepy teen step-son and the weirdness of the house doesn’t help. She doesn’t know who is bad - is it the step-son or the house, or is it as the kid says - the mother itself? Who knows? This book is more about the experience and the messing up of your beliefs in what could be possible. I personally did not see that twist coming but my buddy reader did, so maybe I was just caught up in the atmosphere of the novel. Whatever it was, the ending just left me conflicted, okay?