Grist Mill Road

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 Considered) and was named a Book of the Year by NPR and an Entertainment Weekly Must-List Pick

Christopher J. Yates’s cult hit Black Chalk introduced that rare writerly talent: a literary writer who could write a plot with the intricacy of a brilliant mental puzzle, and with characters so absorbing that readers are immediately gripped. Yates’s new book does not disappoint.

Grist 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 friends—Patrick, Matthew, and Hannah—are 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 again—with even more devastating results.



This book definitely started off strong and was living up to its page turning hype which I expected thanks to the author’s strong reputation from his previous book.

The author has an intelligent style that spins suspense and thrills in a way that raises it above the typical fare you’d expect from a book in the Mystery genre which happens to be one of my favorites.

Yates provides characters that are full of depth and psychologically twisty as he spins a tale of friendship’s dire consequences when it takes a journey to the dark side of human behavior run amok.

Follow the clues into twists that will have you guessing around every turn the story takes and be ready for fun surprises.

Thank you to Netgalley and Picador for allowing me to review this!

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*synopsis and image from Netgalley

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