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The Grownup by Gillian Flynn (November 2015)

'I watched the house.  It watched me back through long, baleful windows so tall a child could stand in the sill.  And one was.  I could see the length of his thin body: gray trousers, black sweater, a maroon tie perfectly knotted at the neck.  A thicket of dark hair covering his eyes...'

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 be 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...

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