Grist Mill Road by Christopher J. Yates

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About the book:

The year is 1982, the setting an Edenic hamlet some 90 miles north of New York City. There, among the craggy rock cliffs and glacial ponds of timeworn mountains, three friends—Patrick, Matthew and Hannah— are bound together by a single, terrible, and seemingly senseless crime. Twenty six years later, in New York City, living lives their younger selves could never have predicted, the three meet again–with even more devastating results.

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My thoughts:

Grist Mill Road was a book I had liked the look of on Netgalley so I was delighted to be approved to read it. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but I really enjoyed the change of pace with this one.

The book jumps back and forward in time between Patrick, Matthew and Hannah and recounts a terrible event in 1982 versus how they are living their respective lives twenty six years later.

Character is key with this one. Each character has their own stuff going on, and I liked how the author managed to give the reader little bits of information on each throughout the book without actually giving away too much. The three characters are well-developed too, and they all have their own unique voices. Their pasts are intricately linked, and the author does a great job of tying it all together.

This is less of a whodunnit and more of a whydunnit. The reader learns early on what happened, and then gets all sides of the story as the book progresses. It takes a bit of time to get there though, but ultimately, the journey is well worth it.

Grist Mill Road is more thoughtful than your usual crime thrillers. It’s not as punchy, and it focuses on character development more than the actual crime itself. I really enjoyed the story, not least because it was a welcome change of pace from the norm for me.

Recommended for sure!

 

3 thoughts on “Grist Mill Road by Christopher J. Yates”

  1. Nice cover! I sometimes struggle with books that jump around a lot. It’s not something I enjoy when I’m reading if I’m being honest. It can often make a book feel choppy and I’ve struggled to fully engage in a story when it’s written like this in the past. But, I am a funny bugger sometimes 😂

    1. I totally get that! Sometimes the switching drives me mad, and then other times it’s fine! It really depends on the plot and whether it adds or takes away from it! It worked well with this one though! 😊

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