By Gillian Flynn
Read by Julia Whelan
The Edgar-winning short story from the author of GONE GIRL.
A young woman is making a living faking it as a cut-price psychic (with some illegal soft-core sex work on the side). She makes a decent wage mostly by telling people what they want to hear. But then she meets Susan Burke.
Susan moved to the city one year ago with her husband and 15-year-old stepson Miles. They live in a Victorian house called Carterhook Manor. Susan has become convinced that some malevolent spirit is inhabiting their home. The young woman doesn't believe in exorcism or the supernatural. However when she enters the house for the first time, she begins to feel it too, as if the very house is watching her, waiting, biding its time . . .
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.
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Gillian Flynn is the bestselling author of three novels, including the international phenomenon Gone Girl. Her first novel, Sharp Objects, was the winner of two CWA Daggers and was shortlisted for the Gold Dagger, and her second, Dark Places, was adapted into a film starring Charlize Theron. Gone Girl was a massive No.1 bestseller, with over 15 million sales worldwideand was made into a critically-acclaimed, smash-hit film by David Fincher, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. The screenplay was written by Gillian Flynn and was nominated for a Golden Globe and a Bafta. Her short story, 'The Grownup', won the Edgar Award for Best Short Story in 2015. Gillian also served as writer and executive producer for the television series of Sharp Objects, starring Amy Adams and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.
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03 Nov 2015
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Whilst the bestselling Gone Girl is still the title being devoured at every book club, author Gillian Flynn has moved on with her latest offering The Grownup. It's a short story about a woman who earns a living pretending to be a psychic. — HELLO FASHION MONTHLY
Gillian Flynn's The Grownup is a psychologically taut novella told from the viewpoint of a con artist, who attempted trick is thwarted by a malevolent teenage boy. — VOGUE
a fierce, sharply written tale — METRO
Stories should be taut but humming with ambiguity, and The Grownup is both. — THE SPECTATOR
a chilling short story about a fake clairvoyant who gets tangled up with a mysterious family. — GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
This chilling short story from the author of Gone Girl is not for the faint-hearted. — WOMAN AND HOME
Flynn is as adept as ever at building up a character into someone likeable and believable while still corrupt. — THE INDEPENDENT
A fantastic read that will leave you wanting more from Gillian. — CLOSER
For millions who adored Gone Girl, this 60-page novella offers a taste of Flynn's brilliance. — SUNDAY MIRROR
The Gone Girl writer gives us chills again with the story of a young woman conning people as a psychic who develops a real feel for the supernatural. — GRAZIA
it manages to evoke an atmosphere of freezing dread before Flynn's by-now-signature sequence of twists enters the narrative — DAILY TELEGRAPH
fans of Flynn's work definitely won't be disappointed — PRESS ASSOCIATION
a cracker... the story's sassy narration, Gone Girl twistiness and blend of comedy and chills are pure Flynn. — SUNDAY TIMES
The Grownup will not disappoint expectant fans. — THE BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH
Flynn is a brilliant plot-twister and manipulator of readers' expectations. The Grownup keeps you guessing until the end - and beyond. — THE TIMES
The Grownup is accomplished storytelling, an impressive teaser to keep fans engaged while they await her next full-length outing. — THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY