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 and 15-year-old stepson Miles. They live in a Victorian house called Carterhook Manor. Susan has become convinced that some malevolent spirit is inhabiting their home. The young woman doesn’t believe in exorcism or the supernatural. However when she enters the house for the first time, she begins to feel it too, as if the very house is watching her, waiting, biding its time . . .
The Grownup, which originally appeared as ‘What Do You Do?’ in George R. R. Martin’s Rogues short story anthology, proves once again that Gillian Flynn is one of the world’s most original and skilled voices in fiction.
I really enjoyed Gone Girl and Dark Places so I couldn’t resist this. And any story that starts with the protagonist telling you that they’ve given 23,546 hand jobs in the last three years, certainly grabs you attention.
I wasn’t sure where this was going, and found myself chuckling at first, then as things began to get more sinister i was wondering if things were as they seemed, then twist followed twist and I was left pretty clueless!!!
Really enjoyable, but as is my problem with a lot of short stories, I wanted more. I began to care about what was happening and the characters, and was just left hanging. So frustrating!
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