Grist Mill Road – Christopher J. Yates

Happy release day!

Thank you to Picador for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

GRIST MILL ROAD – Christopher J. Yates

This was my first book by Yates and I’ll definitely be going back to find his first book!


My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!

I’m shocked that I hadn’t heard more buzz about GRIST MILL ROAD by Christopher J. Yates before picking it up. This was my introduction to Yates and I will definitely be grabbing his debut novel – and all future ones. I know this probably won’t be for everyone, especially if you’re looking for a nail-biting thriller. This is a story that dives into the lives of three people that are tied together because of one horrific event in their childhoods, and how it has changed them as adults.

It’s 1982 in Roseborn – Matthew, Hannah, and Patrick (aka Patch or Tricky) are in the woods and their lives are forever changed by one horrific and violent act.

It’s now 2008 in New York – twenty-six years have passed and they’re all still dealing with the repercussions of that fateful day in August 1982. How will Patch and Hannah deal with Matthew now that he has resurfaced? How are their lives going to intertwine once more?

I feel that it’s better to not go into too much detail with this one. We jump between perspectives and timelines. This is a multi-layered story that brings the reader through the events in 1982 and in 2008. We get to see through the eyes of Matthew, Hannah, and Patrick as they give their individual account of what happened and why. Each character was well-developed and I loved how Yates peeled back all of the layers so we can see what makes them tick. There is a lot more than meets the eye when it comes to the act of violence they experienced in their teens and I wasn’t expecting most of the elements that came into play.

Overall, if you want a beautifully written and multi-layered story, then GRIST MILL ROAD is one you should have on your list. I definitely wouldn’t classify this one as a thriller, but more of a contemporary fiction with a hint of mystery (if that’s such a thing). It won’t have you on the edge of your seat, but you’ll find yourself reeled in by the events and characters and become completely absorbed.


Is this one that was on your radar? I know a few people that loved it and a few people that just didn’t mesh with it. That’s what I love about books and the book community – every book has a different audience.


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