Grist Mill Road

Grist Mill Road

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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The highly anticipated new novel from the author whose debut was called "The smart summer thriller you've been waiting for...The novel you should be reading tonight ("NPR's All Things ConsideredGrist Mill Road is a dark, twisted, and expertly plotted Rashomon-style tale. The year is 1982; the setting, an Edenic hamlet some ninety miles north of New York City. There, among the craggy rock cliffs and glacial ponds of timeworn mountains, three friends₇Patrick, Matthew, and Hannah₇are bound together by a terrible and seemingly senseless crime. Twenty-six years later, in New York City, living lives their younger selves never could have predicted, the three meet again₇with even more devastating results.
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250150318
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive Inc


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Apr 13, 2019

The story was good and the characters, but they all yammered on and on with endless detail. I could see why one would, but everyone? It got confusing at times when Matthew wrote letters. I thought it was to a certain person, but then he talked about that person like he was a third character. Maybe I'm just not that into complex..give me straightforward. I read to relax.

Dec 28, 2018

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐

Unique drama.

When Matthew, Patrick and Hannah were in their early teens, a terrible crime took place...who played the role of villain? Innocent bystander? Helpless victim? Or were any of these roles as clear cut as they seemed at the time?

Fast forward about 25 years and we see where Matthew, Patrick and Hannah have ended up. It’s inevitable that the past will arise and what happened that afternoon long ago will at last become clear.

Pros: Creative and smart.

Cons: Lots and lots of details that just did not feel relevant to the story...and a huge unexplained detail at the end…

Unfortunately I wasn’t a big fan of this one.

3 stars

ArapahoeKathy Nov 29, 2018

If you like complex psychological thrillers "Grist Mill Road" will not disappoint. Steadily through the book the twisted mystery is untangled. What shocks us is the suffering and destruction in the lives of regular people.

Oct 02, 2018

I doubt I could write a better book review of ‘Grist Mill Road’ than Sarah Lyall has.
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ArapahoeAnnaL Jun 05, 2018

Gets better and better as you learn more about the characters! The details of the characters' lives draw you in and create understanding and sympathy. "A sophisticated... elegant narrative." - The New York Times

May 20, 2018

This was a complex smart thriller, at least for the first half of the book. The second half was a bit bogged down and my enthusiasm dropped.

Mar 03, 2018

The first half was easy reading and I had my doubts. However, the second half of the story picked up the pace and it was hard to put down. It's not about the story but rather about how the characters deal with their past - coming of age with angry parents, confused sexuality. The author even injects wry wit in unexpected placed. This book was just the break I needed from a few heavy reads.

SkokieStaff_Steven Feb 14, 2018

Christopher J. Yate’s sophomore thriller “Grist Mill Road” has a bravura opening scene: an adolescent boy watches as his slightly older friend fires a BB gun at a girl tied to tree, shooting her dozens of times and eventually putting out her eye. What led up to this seemingly senseless act and what happens when these people, now adults, reunite in the present day? These are the questions that drive this highly successful novel. Yates is a skilled craftsman who builds suspense and creates surprise by dividing his narrative and presenting it piecemeal. We slowly learn the full story of what happened in the past from the first-person points of view of each of the main characters. Meanwhile, Yates uses third-person narration to relate events in the present. As in his first book “Black Chalk,” Yates manages write a story that is surprising without having his characters behave absurdly. This is the kind of the thriller that restores my faith in thrillers.

Feb 12, 2018

I heard Hollywood was salivating over this book and it was on everyone's mind to be a feature, so I was excited to read the book. I'll keep this brief - don't expect much. I kept turning pages saying"...okay....annnd..." . The ending is rushed, nonsensical and leaves A LOT to be desired. I can not believe the praise people heap upon mediocre writers who happen to scratch out a few pages of the most boring Cream of Wheat dribble I've read in a long time. I actually liked the no quotation marks of it all. Sigh, on to the next, as I wait for Fire & Fury to become available.

Feb 11, 2018

Sets the hook halfway through only to walk away from the damn pole.

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