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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
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- Publisher : Crown; First Edition (November 3, 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 64 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0804188971
- ISBN-13 : 978-0804188975
- Item Weight : 4.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.7 x 0.5 x 7.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #56,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
by Gillian Flynn
I am going to write my review before I read others reviews. Not sure if people will feel like I do.
I chose this knowing virtually nothing about it but because the author is Gillian Flynn I wanted to read it. I have this feeling I am not the only one.
I do not get how I could adore Gone Girl sooo much and not like either Sharp Object or this one. Sucks but so far I'm batting one out of three for her books.
So...what is it about? It's..odd. An odd little book. The narrator is a woman who is not unlike Amy from Gone Girl in terms of her sharp and biting sense of humor. I liked that. I thought I was going to like this book. I did not.
This woman whose name I either do not remember or she never gave is a con artist. See, she gives Handjobs. To men. For a living. Until she moves on to reading fortunes. And doing Auras. All the while laughing at her gullible clients for actually believing a damn word she says.
Still she is appealing because her wit is razor sharp..Just Like Amy's was. Flynn really has a gift creating amusing and throughly unlikable women .
So one day a woman named Susan asks to have her aura read. It turns out Susan has a bit of a nightmare going on. She lives in a dark and foreboding house that she thinks is maybe out to get her. Well..either the house is out to get her or her stepson is. He's a little stinker who has some deep issues to put it mildly.
I didn't like this.At all. Yet I did found the house interesting. The vibe was sort of "Haunting of Hill House" meets "The Shining". But then:
WE GET INTO CHILD psychopaths. And blood. And a cat. (and YES....OF COARSE something happens to the cat..or does it? No matter....cat does not die but I would say there is animal brutality in this book.)
And the thing is..,,,none of it was very compelling. Not to me. And the fact that it is so short did not help.
I also feel you can't just have THAT many plot twists in a book this short. It didn't work for me and I mostly just was glad when I finished this. And as I said in my update I almost DNFED.
So sadly, this was a miss for me completely Now maybe I am destined to only be a Gone Girl fan. The Grown up did have dark wit which I love but not much else about the book really did it for me. Sorry.
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Regardless of this, I love Gillian Flynn as an author and have read her previous books, including Gone Girl.
She still achieves the suspense and mystery/thriller that she portrays in all of her other books that I have read. She did not disappoint as there were still plot twists and the psychological thriller element that I expected.
This book does really well to tell a full story in a limited amount of pages and could have definitely been a full novel if given the time.
Ends on a cliffhanger but does leave you wanting more and I was not disappointed.
This was a funny novel. Flynn is really good at inputting humour into moments of a book that could be taken more seriously, and that's what I loved so much about this book, the humour. The story was good... well the beginning and middle were, and then the end lacked any oomf, but it was our funny narrator who made this book something worth reading.
The plot for this was cliche as cliche can be, but I think that was intentional, because our narrator made fun of how cliche everything sounded. It was there to add some comedy value. The ending, as I said, was disappointing, only because it goes exactly as you would expect it to. I was hoping Flynn was going to pull another "oh-my-god" twist out after the initial twist, but alas.
Worth a read if you can get it cheap, but don't expect anything too amazing... that sounds weird to say after rating it 4 stars, but I did actually like this and it did hold my attention... it's just... I don't know, I can't explain it.
One day, she gives a reading for Susan, the second wife of a well-off man and stepmother to his teenage son Miles, whose disturbing behaviour Susan is convinced is caused by dark forces present in the family's Victorian mansion. The narrator opportunistically offers to perform a spiritual cleansing of the property - for a reasonable sum of money, of course. But when she starts to spend time at the property, she begins to wonder if something sinister really is going on after all.
Those who liked Gillian Flynn's smash hit thriller Gone Girl will enjoy seeing some of its hallmarks stamped on this story too - an unreliable and frequently unlikeable narrator, not a single character we can trust, and themes of bitterness and revenge. There's also a slightly heightened reality about this story that reminds me somewhat of the work of Chuck Palahniuk - don't turn to this story (or indeed to Gone Girl) if you're looking for grounded realism.
Overall, I found it a fun read - it's dark, witty and smart. I didn't, however, feel the tension really built as it should have done when it came to the haunted house element of the plot. For the rest of the story to work, we need to feel a sense of fear and unease that just wasn't really evoked. Certainly worth the short time it takes to read it, though.
I’ve struggled with Flynn books - started sharp objects, got half way through and have not gone back to it for about a year or so now. Thought I’d try and ease back into Flynn’s style with The grownup as it’s so short. Whizzed through this in an hour. It’s ok, it’s not bad, it’s average. Flynn isn’t one of my favourite authors, but I’m tying to read lots of different styles. I did like the ending though, I thought the twist good - the build up of thinking it was a haunted house and it actually wasn’t - thought that part what cleverly led. Give it a go if you like ghosts/thriller style. And even if you don’t, it’s only an hour or so of your life!