NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Gillian Flynn’s Edgar Award-winning homage to the classic ghost story, published for the first time as a standalone.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. “The Grownup,” which originally appeared as “What Do You Do?” in George R. R. Martin’s Rogues anthology, proves once again that Gillian Flynn is one of the world’s most original and skilled voices in fiction.
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"Julia Whelan narrates this ghost story with insight, depth, and passion. Her reading of Gillian Flynn's Edgar Award-winning short story reverberates with the hardened attitude of its chronicler, a young woman who splits her money-making activities between being a prostitute and a fraudulent clairvoyant. Whelan is energetically matter-of-fact as she shares detailed character background, making what could be sluggish content compelling. The swagger of her performance gradually morphs into terror as the story's plot twists grow darker and more sinister. As she skillfully merges the deceptive characters, a haunting tone, and compelling events, the audiobook doesn't need mood music. Whelan can raise goosebumps and keep listeners on the edge of their seats all by herself. J.F. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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