I‘m not so sure about the ending...
This short story had me gripped for about the first half. An “aura reader,” psychic, and professional at hand jobs (yes literally) has met potentially her match.
A woman begs her to help with her son who is simply evil. Something is really off at home... but could there be more hidden beneath the surface?
That ending left me wanting much more closure. Wish it could have lived up to the rest of the book.
“The ones who came alone, though, they wanted to believe. It was hard to feel sorry for them. I tried to because you don‘t want your mystic, the keeper of your future, to roll her eyes at you. 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.”
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"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."
Weird flex, but okay ?
Wow only 2 sentences in, that's one way to start off a book ??
I've never read Gillian Flynn before but I found this at a used book sale and couldn't resist the looks of it. It started off a bit racy, talking about hand jobs but then things got creepy. I liked that the are a few different ways the story go so I was left guessing up to the end. For me it was a nice intro to her work.
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!
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.)
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.
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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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. 😉
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 🤷🏽♀️
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.
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.
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
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.