The Grownup
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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
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:64 pages

    The Grownup Reviews

  • Emily May
    Aug 12, 2015

    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
    Sep 22, 2015

    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 ...

  • Raeleen Lemay
    Oct 26, 2015


  • Alejandro
    Oct 05, 2015

    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
    Dec 10, 2015

    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...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Nov 03, 2015

    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 publicat...

  • Jaidee
    Jan 03, 2016

    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 st...

  • Maxwell
    Aug 24, 2015

    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...

  • Mohammed Arabey
    Feb 01, 2016

    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 Gilli...

  • Deanna
    Sep 27, 2015

    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 a...