The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
Published November 5th 2015
Source: Bought it on Book Depository
A young woman is making a living, faking it as a cut-price psychic working at Spiritual Palms (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, built in 1893. Susan has become convinced that some malevolent spirit is inhabiting their home, and taking possession of the stepson. She has even found trickles of blood on the wall. The young woman doesn’t believe in exorcism or the supernatural, but she does see an opportunity to make a lot of money. However when she enters the house for the first time, and meets Miles, she begins to feel it too, as if the very house is watching her, waiting, biding its time….
This book is about a woman that used to give handjobs for a living but now works as a fortune teller.
The characters in this short story are outstanding and the plot is mind-blowing. I wasn’t really expecting much because this book has 70 pages but it was brilliant.
I love Gillian Flynn, she’s one of my favorite authors, probably because of her unique capacity to create such twisted tales.
I recommend this story. If you don’t want to buy such a small book, you can always buy Rogues, an anthology edited by George R. R. Martin because the story is in there (with a different title) and you also get a bunch of other short stories to read.
Rating: 5 stars