By: Gillian Flynn
The Edgar Award-winning, brilliantly creepy short story from the author of GONE GIRL, DARK PLACES and SHARP OBJECTS, published for the first time as a standalone book.
Formerly a soft-core sex worker at avant-garde establishment Spiritual Palms, our unnamed narrator transitions to the front of the shop as a psychic, pretending to read auras, but actually using skills gained in her grifting childhood to read her clients. When she meets Susan Burke, a desperate suburbanite struggling to cope with her unnerving old house, Carterhook Manor, and its effects on her sinister stepson, Miles, our narrator jumps on the opportunity to set herself up as an entrepreneur, with her own aura-cleansing business for spooky houses. But Miles and Carterhook Manor might prove to be more than she bargained for, as bloodstains mysteriously appear on the walls, Miles threatens her and demands that she leave, and she discovers that the entire Carterhook family was brutally murdered there a hundred years ago by the eldest son, who, in photographs, looks uncannily like Miles. When she realizes that neither Miles nor Susan has been telling the whole truth, it might already be too late to get out.