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The Grownup
The Grownup: A Story by the Author of Gone Girl | Gillian Flynn
Gillian Flynns Edgar Award-winning homage to the classic ghost story, published for the first time as a standaloneA 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 Susans terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susans teenage stepson, doesnt 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, which originally appeared as What Do You Do? in George R. R. Martins Rogues anthology, proves once again that Gillian Flynn is one of the worlds most original and skilled voices in fiction.From the Hardcover edition.
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Magpiegem
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48/22 I feel like I should of waited til October for this one really but it was calling me now. I really enjoyed this short story about a psychic fake psychic and a maybe haunted old house. I can‘t say too much but Flynn packs a lot in to 79 pages and it left me wanting more. Definitely one to pick up if you need to get out of a slump. An extremely quick, intriguing and enjoyable read. Plus I love an unexpected opening line 😂

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RegineReads
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Mehso-so

I was loving it up until the end... Still, if you love Gillian Flynn as much as I do you'll quite enjoy the writing! She paints an amazing picture and has such interesting characters. So, even though the ending wasn't for me, I had fun reading it :)

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catsuit_mango
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I always wondered why people ask me for directions anywhere... Apparently the author of gone girl knows why...

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catsuit_mango
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Hotel room in the country side and my partner telling me 'you will only need an hour to read this'.. We will see ;)

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TamTracy
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A lot happens in this short book. It starts out pretty funny then takes a turn. There‘s a lot of twists and creep factors throughout and it definitely didn‘t end how I thought!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

allureofbeauty I love this one so much. The audio of it is so great. 6mo
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AprilMae
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Nice quick little read. I love a good suspenseful story that could be paranormal, could be crazy human!

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magyklyXdelish
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Mehso-so

Definitely a quick little read that was pretty fun. However I don‘t like how the plot twist was twisted….if that makes sense? It made the ending lame.

#pantone2022 Snow White

Clwojick Great match! 12mo
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magyklyXdelish
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Since the book I just bailed on put me in a week long slump going to read something short so I can feel accomplished and get back on track 😅

allureofbeauty I really love that one, especially as an audio. 12mo
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Angitron
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Ehh…this was just okay. I liked the basic plot, but the overall story was underwhelming and kind of silly.

BookDragonNotWorm But that first line, though! 🙊 13mo
magyklyXdelish @BookDragonNotWorm just started this and that first line is…whew. Idk what I was expecting but it wasn‘t that 😳 12mo
Angitron @magyklyXdelish @BookDragonNotWorm YES. I remember thinking, “Ooookay. Well, I guess that‘s one way to start a book.” 😂 12mo
magyklyXdelish @Angitron exactly!! 12mo
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rather_be_reading
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Book 204

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MeganLindell
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ • A good spooky day re-read.

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Djspens
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A perfect little creepy novella for a 2 hour flight.

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Pearrr
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Pearrr This book literally was like 3 pages 😂 2y
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chelbig
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I promised @Moonprismpower dog pics!

Moonprismpower Yassssss!!!!!! 2y
Moonprismpower 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 2y
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FantasyChick
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Quick and easy to read so I jumped right in!

I love Gillian Flynn and this short story is just WTF enough to make it fun.

Not sure who I'm sending this to, but it's heading out this weekend!

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#TBRRead #WinterGames #MerryReaders #LMPBC #crushtherush #InsertOtherAssortedReadathonsHere

@Clwojick @BookishTrish @ShelleyBooksie @Andrea4 @runswithscissors007 @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick

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Charityann
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Intriguing read. 📚📖

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BookishTrish
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Messy yet entertaining. A great short read #lmpbc

ShelleyBooksie Awesome pen! 2y
PandaPanda Loved this short story!! 2y
AkashaVampie I love those pens. I used to have them when I was in high school. I would try to put them all down at once. Haha 2y
Andrea4 Yes I want this pen! Whose is it originally? Lol I need to get one! 2y
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Andrea4
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Do I love ghost stories? Why yes I do! Do I love stories that seem to be about ghosts but may not be? Why yes I do!!! Do I love references to these kinds of stories within the story I'm reading?! Hell yes!!!
Quick, entertaining, twisty- perfect for this upcoming season!
Thanks @ShelleyBooksie and looks like I may send this one early @BookishTrish
#LMPBC @FantasyChick @runswithscissors007

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runswithscissors007
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#lpmbc canadian edition! Coming your way @Andrea4 going in the post tomorrow morning!

Andrea4 Guys, I started out so well with AoT but after the 1st of August I didnt touch it again 🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️ speed reading shall commence...soon... 2y
runswithscissors007 @Andrea4 I would not be surprised if it is a DNF! It‘s pretty niche and a bit dense! (AoT). No pressure. Would not hurt my feelings! The tagged book however is a great speedy read! 2y
Andrea4 @runswithscissors007 I definitely found myself chuckling at it. I wasnt put off but I can be such a mood reader and I was also audio booking more. But this G.F. one I'm excited for! Lol we'll see if I can speedily finish AoT 2y
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LisaLovesToRead
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I found the audio & e-book version of this book and started with the audio. I didn‘t realize it was a short story. I was getting into it and then it wrapped up. It is a quick read with Gillian‘s twists that she loves.

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Arvena
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OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚👍🏻 2y
MyNamesParadise Love Gillian Flynn! Can‘t believe how long it‘s been since her last book came out. 2y
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ShelleyBooksie
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Clwojick I meant to take a picture, but I totally forgot. I mailed out your bookmarks on Monday. ♥️ 3y
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larah17
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This was a strange read, partially because I amn't used to short stories. Aside from that, it read like multiple different stories, starting with a self-confessed con artist describing how she works, then a great creepy middle section that's a little "The Turn of the Screw"-esque, but the ending was quite disappointing to me. 3⭐

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ShelleyBooksie
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I am not going to say a lot about this one as it's my pick for this round of #lmpbc. Quick and entertaining read.

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SolitaryBookLover
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I read this book in about half an hour. The first paragraph was titillating and instantly caught my attention. It was a topsy turvy story and I still have no idea what the truth is!

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Brewychock48
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This is a short story. A twisted psychological thriller. Miles gives Damien a run for his money. A very creepy read.
I got this awhile ago from BOTM,a free gift. Never read it until today.
Thanks #botm

BookDragonNotWorm I thought this had the best/funniest first line ever! 😂 Definitely an attention grabber! 3y
Brewychock48 @BookDragonNotWorm omg,yes! I did not know what to expect after that sentence🤭🙃 3y
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Bookworm_97
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Okish

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BookwormOfTheDamned
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Here's my book review for "The Grownup" by Gillian Flynn.

https://youtu.be/LWVAzSZFN_A

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she.hearts.horror
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Short and spicy! ⭐️ for Gillian Flynn

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So I wear the name as a badge of honor. That someday I may not totally bore some really smart people. The question is: How do you find smart people? 🤔🤔🤔🤔

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britt_reads
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I enjoyed this creepy short story. It keeps you guessing throughout and after turning the last page. Not everyone will be satisfied with the ending.

#scarathlon #teamslaughter @Clwojick

CaroPi I think is my favorite book of her 3y
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Liatrek
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I love Gillian Flynn what a amazing short story. I was totally creeped out. #TeamSlaughter #scarathlon
@Clwojick 2 points for team theme

TheBookAddict Definitely a good one! 3y
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JenDR
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I try to read at least one horror type book in October every year. It isn‘t a genre that I love but have found some gems on occasion. Thought I would give this one a try. It has been awhile since I read a “ghost” story.

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KristenDuck
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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.

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Brie
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This quick ghost story—or is it?—had me guessing until the very end and beyond. You don‘t know who or what story to believe. Every version seems plausible...

BookDragonNotWorm I loved this one! Best opening line ever! 😂 3y
Liatrek On my TBR list of October 😊 3y
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TheRegular_coffeeandbooks
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Wow. Super quick read, very well paced and true to Flynn‘s style keeps you guessing. I‘d love to hear what others think on this one..

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“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.”

#QuotsyAug19 | 4: #Psychic

📷: Made with Typorama

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Booksnob
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I love a good ghost story. Do you?

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fandom_hellspawn99
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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 ??

Megabooks Omg, Lolololol 🤣🤣 4y
Soubhiville Yeah, this was a strange one! 4y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 4y
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GidgetsTreasures75
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7-10-19: My 56th finished book of 2019! It‘s really a short story but I‘m counting it anyway. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn. 👍🏼📖#️⃣5️⃣6️⃣ #thegrownup #gillianflynn

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GidgetsTreasures75
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7-10-19: All the library books unwrapped and stacked in order of how I will devour them. First up, The Grownup by Gillian Flynn. 📖👍🏼📚

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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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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.
#ThoseEndPagesThough

BookDragonNotWorm This one definitely had one of the best hooks I've ever read 😂 4y
Liatrek I‘ve read all her books except this one. I really need to get to it this year. Her books are always great. 4y
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erickaa
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Very good but too short!

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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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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.