Published November 3rd 2015 by Crown.
A 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 Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, doesn’t 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. (Goodreads)
The Grownup, which originally appeared as “What Do You Do?” in George R. R. Martin’s Rogues anthology, proves once again that Gillian Flynn knows how to spin a twisted tale. In this ghost story there are no ghosts. Instead there’s a phony psychic who worked her way up from hand jobs to reading auras. When Susan Burke comes in one day for a reading “Nerdy” decides to take it a step further with a domestic aura-cleansing. What she encounters at the home of Susan and her two boys is much more than she bargained for. There is evil in that house, but things aren’t always what they seem. Make sure to check out the interview the Salon did with Flynn. I want an entire collection of Flynn short stories after reading this one. I gave The Grownup by Gillian Flynn 5 well deserving stars.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Blogging for Books.