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The Grownup: A Gillian Flynn Short
The Grownup: A Gillian Flynn Short | Gillian Flynn
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Meaw_catlady
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My car doesn‘t connect to my phone so I‘ve started checking out audiobooks from the library. This was my first short and really great! I loved the story! Loved the characters! I was pulled in and did not expect the ending! I guess I should read gone girl now!

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MMFinck
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Pickpick

Great, quick read.

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theladygreer
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Listened to this on Overdrive because 1) I needed something new and 2) Julia Whelan narrates & I almost stopped in the middle because parts are so. Freaking. Scary. But glad I pushed through. Genuinely unsettling, but that's Flynn for you. (May be too much sexual content for some but you'll be able to tell that from the very first line.)

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Deborah42
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A twisty psychological thriller with (possibly) supernatural elements.

The unnamed narrator is a masseuse/psychic in a shop where where men come for “happy endings” and women come for psychic readings. When a wealthy client shares concerns about her creepy stepson and a house that is possibly haunted, the narrator sees an opportunity. She offers to cleanse the house, even though she doesn‘t actually believe in spirits.

So. Many. Twists.

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sebrittain
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4/5

I'm not a fan of thrillers, so this is the first book I've read by Gillian Flynn. I enjoyed it, and it was nice to take a break with a shorter book while I work my way through The Final Empire. I'm a huge fan of unreliable narrators, and I keep thinking through the ending trying to decide what really happened.

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sebrittain This was my second #newyearwhodis read from @LouBeth's list. I'm not sure I'll manage a 3rd in January, but I've enjoyed the ones I've read so far so much that I'll probably keep working through the list throughout the rest of the year.

@monalyisha
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rachelsbrittain Wait have you not read Gone Girl? Because based on your live of unreliable narrators I really think you need to read Gone Girl 5mo
sebrittain @rachelsbrittain I haven't, but after reading this, I'm really thinking I should. 5mo
rachelsbrittain You should. 5mo
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BookDragonNotWorm
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I'm a sucker for a killer hook, and this one has a doozy! (Slightly perverse) sense of humor required - if I laughed this hard at comedy books, I'd read more of them. Tidy little twist at the end. 😉

Book_Fairy_Mary I enjoyed this so much! Would've loved it to be a full - length novel! 5mo
BookDragonNotWorm @Book_Fairy_Mary Me too! It was over way too quickly! 5mo
allureofbeauty I liked this one. 5mo
kspenmoll I also enjoyed this! 5mo
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vkois88
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"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 & 15-year-old stepson Miles. They live in a modern Victorian house called Carterhook Manor. Susan is convinced that some malevolent spirit is inhabiting their home."
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vkois88 This book has one of the #BiggestPlotTwist I've read. It's so dark and random. Sometimes when reading Flynn's book, I'm left to wonder just how/why she is capable of coming up with such evil characters, and the gruesome acts they perform 😂 #ANewChapter @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 5mo
JaclynW @vkois88 I've wondered that sa.e thing when reading Flynn's books. This is the only one I haven't read yet. I need to get to it! 5mo
JaclynW Same. Not sa.e. 🙄😄 5mo
GripLitGrl 😄😄great review! is it weird that's the reason i like her books so much? her characters are so twisted I can't stop turning the pages 🤓 5mo
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Purrfectpages
Mehso-so

This is a hard book to rate. It had the trappings of Flynn‘s classic twists and turns, but I almost feel like its length and lack of a real ending held it back from being a stronger story. It‘s almost as if this short story would have been better had it not been so short after all. Then again, had it gone on aimlessly, the experience might have been more frustrating.

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Purrfectpages
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Keep those short reads coming!

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JanuarieTimewalker13
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Mehso-so

I have a feeling I may have liked it more had I read the book and not listened to audiobook. The narrator changing voices sounded awkward to me. Quick, creepy and weird listen.

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Elma
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Thank you! This is the only Gillian Flynn that I didn't own. I love her!
#kindlitsy
@JoScho

JoScho 🖤🖤🖤 6mo
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Lizzy2
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Interesting....a little hair-raising with a twist. But it ended too quick.

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Book_Fairy_Mary
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Pickpick

Twisty, turny...really enjoyed this story!

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derr.liz
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Yes! 🙋 Anyone else clinging onto Halloween vibes via spooky reads?

#spooktober #hallowreads

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Caroline2
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Mehso-so

Meh!! I love Gillian‘s writing so much! Plus fab storyline and characters, I was really enjoying it then it just stopped. There was no ending, it‘s just stopped?!?! 😒

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AlyssaDegler
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Okay so everybody loves Gillian Flynn stories. This is a very short story but has really funny aspects but the same thriller vibes her other books have. Great for a short car ride. Wish it was made into a chapter book but I‘ll take what I can get from Mrs .Flynn.

LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! 📚🤗 Checkout these links for #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: http://bit.ly/litsyvideos ! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 8mo
Jess7 Welcome to Litsy! 📖🤗 8mo
Jess7 I love Gillian Flynn and I enjoyed this novella! 8mo
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CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 🎉 8mo
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Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 8mo
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Nebklvr
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Mehso-so

I loved these dumplings. I did not love this short story about a con artist who gets conned. A creepy short story. An unlikable narrator.

9999 Love your pics! 8mo
Dragon Now I want some dumplings 🥟, yummy! 8mo
Nebklvr @sskk it has been a great trip 8mo
Nebklvr @Dragon always....🤗 8mo
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Vreyes
Mehso-so

3 stars. Wish there was more to it but it was okay but not bad

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Cadyly
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This was a short tale that started fairly normal, got super creepy and then left you completely not knowing what to think, but feeling that there is no scenario that will end well. It was a great short spooky read that I dare you to read alone in your house with the lights dim.

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Crystalblu
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Pickpick

What a delightful little read for the first day that felt like fall! I was sucked in from the first sentence.

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quirkyreader
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Today‘s score from The Bookshelf in Holt, MI.

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ElizaMarie
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Mehso-so

So I had listened to this as an audio book. I ended up renting it from the library on a whim (since I read Gone Girl and Sharp Objects).

Gotta say it held my attention but I didn‘t like the ending so much.

Still a recommendation.... it‘s short!

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McGonagall
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What a first page. Was not expecting this. Haha. (And I apologize for the slightly NSFW content, but this was so unexpected.)

Caroline2 😂 10mo
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LitMaven
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Panpan

She just tries too hard to “surprise” the reader. One twist? Great! Two twists? You‘d better be an amazing writer (think: Sarah Waters). Three twists? Venturing into sad and pathetic territory. On the plus side, it‘s an Amazon Short so you don‘t feel cheated on the time investment. Read at your own risk.

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McGonagall
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EvaaDiiva2
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Very fast read; it‘s more a short story than a novel which I didn‘t recognize when I borrowed the eBook. The ending was kind of disappointing, but I guess it leaves it up to the reader to decide. BUT I‘m not a cliffhanger gal, I like to know exactly how a story ends 🤷🏽‍♀️

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EvaaDiiva2
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Page 13 of this story and our narrator sure knows how to grab our attention! 😬😳

Jess7 Yep! 🤣 I enjoyed this novella/short story, but I love Flynn‘s other books - especially sharp objects! 10mo
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Blaire
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This was perfectly creepy. An audiobook that is only about an hour long it was a great accompaniment on my evening walks. The unnamed narrator works as a psychic/(among other things) and encounters a client who has her believing her own intuition. Kept me guessing and I didn‘t mind the ambiguity...won‘t say more to avoid spoilers.

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DarcysMom
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🌟🌟🌟🌟
#audiobook
#overdrive

ZoeyPeacock I really liked this one! 11mo
Joy0201 I really like this little novella. 11mo
DarcysMom @ZoeyPeacock @Joy0201 I would love her to write a book of short stories. 😁 11mo
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Lexeegee
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Pickpick

I didn‘t realize this was a short story. 🤓. But, it was a very good story, lots of twists and turns. The audio reading was great.

vkois88 I loved this one! It was so dark and disturbing... brilliant. It actually makes me fear Gillian Flynn that she comes up with these characters 😂😂 11mo
DHill I loved this on audio as well! 11mo
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shadowspeak17
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Mehso-so

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Eh...okay... Most of it was alright and I stayed interested, but the ending... I was not a fan. It felt way too rushed.

#catsoflitsy #Phoenix #Ember

LitLogophile Agreed! 11mo
wanderinglynn Someone does not look impressed. 😹❤️🐱 11mo
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Colly_Beau
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Mehso-so

While surrounded by other dance moms at my daughter's dance class this morning, I decided to be my true introvert self and read this on OverDrive. Super quick read! The story is a bit silly, but it held my attention.

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julesG
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Managed to finish my personal challenge of reading 12 physical copies in 2018.
I've bailed on one, but I'm about to up my game and set my goal to 24 books.

#challenge #challengeyourself #challengeaccepted

Cathythoughts Well done 👍🏻❤️ 13mo
RadicalReader @julesG most gorgeous penmanship ever love it!! 13mo
julesG @RadicalReader I'm flattered. It's my 'teacher's hand' - my regular scrawl looks like what a doctor writes into a case file (or on a prescription). 😁 13mo
whatshesreadingnow Way to go! 👏🏻💜 13mo
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Eki
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The book is creepy and had a lot of unexpected twists for such a short novel, but the ending felt like a cliffhanger to me.

RadicalReader @Eki absolutely love Gillian Flynn her novels have always surprised me and kept me reading into the hours of the night 13mo
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BookNerd9906
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Love used bookstores and rainy Saturdays. ❤️

C.Perone Nice stack and some good titles! 😊 13mo
BookNerd9906 @C.Perone all for less than $20 13mo
C.Perone Even Nicer!!! 😄 13mo
GripLitGrl Nice❣ 13mo
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KennethTolesJr
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The wife, @TheBookAddict had been telling me to read this book. She said I would love it, and I did. Great recommendation. It's creepy, and it's just interesting. It has an amazing first line. There isn't much I can say without going into spoiler territory, so I'll just say, it was a great little read.

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julesG
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Pickpick

This was weird. It started out weird but okay and then there were twists and turns. Now I'm left with more questions than answers.

Thanks @Simona, you were right,it's unpredictable and strange.

#4in48Readathon @Syndelle777

First book finished.

TheReadingMermaid Knew you could do this! You got this girl 🎉 13mo
julesG @Syndelle777 First two were easy. 13mo
Simona I had read it twice, because I was absolutely sure that I missed some crucial moment in the story ... I‘m glad that you like it 😘 13mo
julesG @Simona I will probably reread it again,too. 13mo
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julesG
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#4in48Readathon @Syndelle777

Starting late, it's Saturday morning in Germany. I picked this slim volume for my 20 minutes torture session on the Shakti mat (basically like a fakir's bed of nails, just more posh).

This short story is great. Just look at the first few lines.

Thanks @Simona for giving it to me.

Simona It‘s a very f.....u. story, but in good way. Good luck with the readathon 👍😘 13mo
Itchyfeetreader Would you recommend the mat - deep sleep is an issue in our household 13mo
MinDea Is that an accupuncture mat? 13mo
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MinDea I have been considering buying one but wondered if it worked/helped. What's your opinion on it? 13mo
julesG @Itchyfeetreader @MinDea - the acupuncture mat was recommended by a friend. It's supposed to help with sleep, but I haven't tried it at night yet. I'm afraid I'll fall asleep on it and then scratch myself when turning in my sleep. I've only had it a few days, but have already noticed less muscle cramps (I have a very high muscle tone due to MS and hence cramps in the most unlikely places, I've been off muscle relaxants for a few days and 👇👇 13mo
julesG The cramps have been torture. It's getting better with the mat.) My kids both had a turn on the mat and want to do it again, too. So, short term test says I'd recommend it. Ask me again in 10 days. 😉 13mo
julesG @Simona I like it. I like the way it's written and the POV, from the girl's mind, is great. Feels very honest. 13mo
Itchyfeetreader @julesG thanks - I‘m guessing right now my oncologist would not be a fan but I have historically struggled with very tight legs and shoulders and husband struggles to ever hit any kind of deep deep and is forever a bit tired. I‘d not seen before so might do doe research. Thanks for highlighting! 13mo
julesG @Itchyfeetreader mine is a Shakti mat. Www.shaktimatten.se They should have info on the website. I emailed them beforehand telling them about my MS and worries with sensibility disorders and also asked my neurologist, who okayed it. 13mo
Itchyfeetreader Thank you!! 13mo
julesG Wrong link. Www.shaktimattan.se 13mo
Scurvygirl This looks good, I just came off amitriptyline for muscle pain and cramps, because it‘s terrible with weight gain, and of course now it‘s hot out. Should look into this . BTW a vegan diet is highly recommended for MS, I was already practicing when diagnosed so it was no problem. Now though I am a vegetarian. I eat eggs and very little cheese. 13mo
julesG @Scurvygirl Apart from the Wahl's Protocol, which kind of says, eat all the meaty pieces you've been told not to eat (I just read through the book and decided not to do it), I've heard a lot of good from friends with and without chronic disorders who went vegan. I know I'd miss cheese and eggs. But I'm willing to try a vegan diet for some time to see how much I'd truly miss cheese and eggs. I hardly ever eat meat these days. Just don't like it. 13mo
MinDea I don't have MS but my feet and legs cramp up so painfully when I wake up. I started taking Magnesium supplements about a year ago and it changed my morning life. Not sure if this is something that could help you but thought it might be worth mentioning. I'll ask again in 6 days how you're liking the mat! Can you actually feel the mat/spikes pressing on your skin or not really? 13mo
julesG @MinDea I'm taking Magnesium, Vit B and now also Vit D. Also, muscle relaxants. It's my brain that causes the problem, though. I'm so tense all day. The mat helps me to relax. Yes, after only 4 days I can say, I crave my reading time on the mat. I'm still wearing a t-shirt on the mat, I'm not yet ready to go naked, because those tiny spikes feel sharp. They don't break the skin, but you can feel them. I put my bare legs/calves on the mat 👇👇 13mo
julesG @MinDea ... for 10 minutes, the first two were torture, then it felt good. I'm not yet certain how soon all of my cramps will be gone, if they ever vanish at all, but I feel less tense in the evenings, after my session on the nail bed. 13mo
MinDea I am glad that the mat is helping you! 💙 13mo
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julesG
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#4in48Readathon @Syndelle777

Okay. A small stack. I have two kiddos who take up a lot of my time at the weekend.

TheReadingMermaid Looks great! 😍 Remember to keep us updated throughout the weekend 😉 13mo
julesG @Syndelle777 Will do. 13mo
Moony Oh, I love moomin! 😍 13mo
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swatreads
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My #FreakyFriday wrap up from @Beckykearns list! Slade House and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time are the 2 books I had read earlier and the rest of them were read by me this month! I'm halfway through a couple of books in the list which I will finish soon! I enjoyed all the books thoroughly and I'm going to continue reading the other books in the list real soon!! Thank you so much for hosting this fun event @monalyisha @Clwojick

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Jocelyn73c
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Pickpick

Wrapped this quickie #ghoststory up for @DeweysReadathon #readathon today 👻 Lots of fun! I really enjoy her writing!

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booklover3258
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Tiny Book Tuesday!! I thought this was a good read. Although I didnt know the truth... Was the mom crazy or the stepson?? Loved the idea of the haunted house. I give it 3 and a half stars.

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MidnightBookGirl
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Starting this one... finally!

Jody3 Very quick read 1y
Meredith3 Loved this! So creepy! 1y
DHill Loved this one! 1y
rohit-sawant Enjoyed this! 1y
LeslieO I still haven't read it! 1y
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swatreads
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I cheated and started my first #FreakyFriday book a little early 😁 April will be super busy for me with two buddy reads and #FreakyFriday and having a toddler around makes it harder!😩😂
I really enjoyed reading The Grownup what with the creepy elements and brilliant plot! I guessed the twists so that was bit of a bummer but overall I loved it! At the end I was like What? That's it?! I wish it was longer!3.5/5

@Beckykearns @monalyisha @Clwojick

Beckykearns Glad you enjoyed it. It‘s a good short read! 😊 1y
monalyisha Hooray! 🙌🏻 Interesting that you wished it was longer; I think I‘ve been intrigued, looking at this one on the bookstore shelves, by how short it is! So exciting to see a #freakyfriday review! 💞🤗🎉 1y
swatreads @Beckykearns Yes dear😘 enjoyed it..and this was my first Gillian Flynn❤❤ 1y
swatreads @monalyisha Yeah totally! I was so intrigued to read it as well! Very interesting characters! And I finished it in one sitting❤❤ I seriously wanted more of it..😀 1y
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Eggbeater
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http://www.epicreads.com/blog/guess-age-bookshelf-ideas/

Apparently 40 is the new 23, y'all! Cuz my shelves are stacked!

MuddyPuddle I got 23, too – they were off by about 40 years, LOL! Forever young, right? 1y
DebBates101 I got 16. On Tuesday I will be 42 ⁉️😝📚🔮📖 1y
BryanaB Hahaha mine was the opposite of you guys...I got 41 and I am 27 😂😂 1y
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parasolofdoom
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Mehso-so

A decent novelette paying homage to classic ghost stories. Started off very well but I was rolling my eyes a little at the very heavy-handed is it this or is that at the end. It loses its impact when you're being directly *told* not to know what to think. I did enjoy the references to several classics of the genre and I liked the narrator a lot.

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Mrs_Organized_Chaos
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I just started this audiobook today. Since I needed to fill my audiobook slot I figured Gillian Flynn would be a good bet. This book starts wide open! I guess I never even read what the story was about.

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FantasyChick
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Pickpick

Just the right type of messed up short story I needed! Very, very quick read. Started off with a bang, went deep into creepy and disturbed and finished with a "WTF"!. Actually almost reminded me of a SK style short story. Perfect for what it was

Beckykearns I love this short story! 1y
Victoriahoperose Completely agree. It was good and just the right pace! 1y
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FantasyChick
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Well if that doesn't draw you into a story I don't know what will! 😱
#awesomefirstline #currentread

Jess7 Haha 1y
JoRead Well then 😅🙈🙉🙊 1y
CoverToCoverGirl Talk about starting things off with bang!! 😳🤣😂😂😂 1y
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