Summary from Goodreads:
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,” originally appeared as “What Do You Do?” in George R. R. Martin’s Rogues anthology.
What I Liked:
Characters. I felt that the main character was one of Flynn's better ones because the reader does not hate her but read to find out what she will do next. She fits more into the antihero category because you are rooting for her and also question if she is good or bad at the same time. The story was small so there were not a lot of other characters. However, Miles, who is the main antagonist was the most intriguing/somewhat frightening character, which made the story even more chilling.
Twists. The ending, as on par with Flynn's writing style, was full of twists that the reader (a.k.a me) was not expecting. I did feel that there was some info dumping because it is hard to fit that much within 60 pages but it was still a interesting ending.
Writing/Atmosphere. My favorite aspect of the novel, and other Flynn novels, was the creepy descriptions and atmosphere she was able to craft. The beginning was okay but once we arrive at the "haunted" house the novel really picked up for me.
What I Disliked:
Format. The novella was only around 60ish pages, which was fine, but the main thing I had trouble with was that fact that it did not have any chapters or breaks.
Beginning/Overuse sexual content. I struggled a bit to get into the story with the start because I felt that the sexual content was a bit too strong, at least for as a reader.
Despite some of the negatives (mainly that had more sexual content then necessary and no chapters), it was overall an interesting/twisty read that kept my attention. I think it would have been so much better as a full length mystery novel.
4 Stars Out of 5 Stars.