The Grownup

The Grownup

A Gillian Flynn Short

eBook - 2015
Average Rating:
Rate this:
When a charlatan "psychic" visits her Victorian home to find the source of her terror and grief, Susan, the psychic, and her teenage stepson are soon forced to confront the truth about ghosts.
Publisher: New York : Crown/Archetype, 2015
ISBN: 9780804188982
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file,rda


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Apr 18, 2019

Just Gillian Flynn in all of her fucked up goodness. A nice appetizer until she publishes her next book!

Apr 16, 2019

Now here's a creepy tale...and one that makes the reader really think. I was reminded of The Turn of the Screw, The Haunting of Hill House and The Shining-definitely a great Gillian Flynn story.

Feb 14, 2019

One of the funniest leads about carpel tunnel from giving hand jobs at work. Creepy story, great surprise ending.

A scam artist posing as a psychic latches on to one of her clients and gets much more than she bargained for in Gillian Flynn’s eerie, engrossing novella “The Grownup.” Fans of Flynn’s caustic wit, dark humor and very messed up female protagonists won’t be disappointed, and fans of ghost stories looking for a quick read will be satisfied as well. The story is fast paced (a very quick 63-paged read) and, in true Gillian Flynn fashion, full of twists. It leaves you on a “I’m not sure what I just read” kind of note. Recommended for a rainy evening or a long bus ride! (Submitted by Mandi).

Oct 02, 2018

Short and interesting.
I wish there were more books written by Flynn as I have enjoyed everything she has ever written.

Sep 17, 2018

A entertaining quick read - would make a good episode on a "Twilight Zone" type TV series.

Jul 25, 2018

As creepy as Gone Girl. A single CD - so more of a novella than a novel. That Ms. Flynn sure knows how to write a gripping tale.

Mar 22, 2018

Read it in a single sitting. Quick, fun, twisty. Left me guessing until the end. Good weekend read.

ArapahoeSarahD Sep 14, 2017

I LOVE this story. It is short but far from sweet. As is typical for Gillian Flynn, this book is dark, mysterious and full of twists. I cannot recommend it more.

Apr 21, 2017

I loved all Gillian Flynn's other works, so I thought this one would be great. Very short but not very exciting. Kind of a let down. Not as dark and twisted as her other stories.

View All Comments

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability
Mar 04, 2017

blairl thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

Nov 30, 2015

jescar82 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over


Add Notices
ReadingAdviser_Sally Mar 13, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Some frightening and intense scenes.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Mar 13, 2018

Sexual Content: Hand jobs and talk of prostitution.


Add a Quote
Dec 06, 2015

She came up here for college, but her daddy got cancer, and the farm got sold, and ends stopped meeting …
But big house in the city, husbands who didn’t beat them and helped with the kids, sometimes with careers but always with book clubs. And still they felt sad. That’s what they always ended up saying: “But I’m just said.” Felling sad means having too much time on your hands, usually.
“… I’m not haunted, I’m just a run-of-the-mill teen sociopath. You pushed me too hard, I killed you. ...”

This tiny teen needed a grown-up to move in the world, and there was nothing a con girl could use more than a great con kid. “What do you do?” people would ask, and I’d say, “I’m a mom.”

But I was either screwed or not screwed, so I chose to believe I wasn’t. … Convincing myself what I was doing was reasonable. Not decent, but reasonable,

Sonjahv Nov 14, 2015

"When people ask me that question that everyone asks: What do you do? I'd say, I'm in customer service, which was true. To me that's a nice day's work when you make a lot of people smile. I know that sounds too earnest, but it's true. I mean I would rather be a librarian, but I worry about the job security. Books may be temporary; dicks are forever."


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Explore Further

Subject Headings


Find it at VPL

To Top