GRIST MILL ROAD (Picador) by Christopher J. Yates grabs you by the throat with one of the best opening scenes I’ve read in a while.
A regular summer day turns tragic for three teens. The year is 1982; the setting, an hamlet some ninety miles north of New York City. There, among the craggy rock cliffs and glacial ponds of timeworn mountains, three friends―Patrick (Patch), 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.
GRIST MILL ROAD is a compelling novel, but it slowed down significantly about half way through for me. I could be wrong, but I felt the author was trying to be too clever with his numerous plots. It picked up again for me at the end. Overall, I’m sure THE GRIST ROAD will be called one of the best psychological thrillers of the year.
Christopher J. Yates was born in London but brought up mostly in Kent. He studied Law at Wadham College, Oxford and then vacillated between the idea of a career in the law and working in puzzle magazines. After coming down on the side of the latter, he finally realised what he really wanted to do. Write.
He decided he would give himself until his fortieth birthday to attempt to achieve this dream. And then, just one day before turning forty, he found out that he was in fact going to become a published author. In Russia. (But that’s another story.)
He now lives in New York City with his wife, Margi. And also his furiously hungry dog, Mabel.
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