Grist Mill Road by: Christopher J. Yates @CJ_Yates



Twenty-six years ago Hannah had her eye shot out. Now she wants justice. But is she blind to the truth?

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.


I didn’t really know what to expect when I got this book for a review I wasn’t sold on it to be honest. I put off reading it for awhile, but I started seeing this book everywhere, it seemed. So on I whim I finally picked it up and once I did I couldn’t put it down. Grist Mill Road was a very dark twisted book. It is a story where no ones version of the story is actually the whole story. Grist Mill Road has so many different pieces that in the end fit together so perfectly into a great thriller! Grist Mill Road is the definition of a Great Thriller. His character development paints such a vivid picture that you get lost in the story.  Christopher J. Yates is someone I didn’t know about before this book and I wish I hadn’t taken so long to read it. Yates is definitely on my radar now and I will be looking into more books from him and watching for his name in the future.



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