Grist Mill Road is a dark, twisted, and expertly plotted Rashomon-style tale. In 1982, among the craggy rock cliffs, 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.
9. November 2017, quoteDystel
9. November 2017, reviewPublishers Weekly, starred review
Yates follows his well-received debut, Black Chalk, with an edgy, intelligent thriller that explores the aftermath of a senseless crime. In 1982, 13-year-old Matthew Weaver ties Hannah Jensen, who's also 13, to a tree in the woods outside Roseborn, N.Y.,
9. November 2017, reviewLibrary Journal
Yates's (Black Chalk) sophomore novel is a fun-house mirror of a single, horrific incident that defines three lives. Patch, Hannah, and Matthew enter the New York woods in 1982 as young teens, and what happens there changes each of them irrevocably. The s
9. November 2017, reviewBooklist, starred review
An antihero in an Albert Camus novel ignored a dying child's plea for help and spent the rest of his days pounded by guilt. Toward the end he cried out to the little girl to come back, "and give me a chance to save both of us." That's the entire point of
9. November 2017, reviewKirkus, starred review
A defining moment of violence inextricably links the lives of three young adults in Yates' (Black Chalk, 2015) psychological thriller."I remember the gunshots made a wet sort of sound, phssh phssh phssh, and each time he hit her she screamed. Do the math
9. November 2017, quoteTana French, author
The plot is darkly, intricately layered, full of pitfalls and switchbacks, smart and funny and moving and merciless; the characters are all that and more. This is a powerful exploration of how truth isn't a complete and immutable thing, or a pure force of
9. November 2017, quoteKrysten Ritter, author ofBonfire
Dark, intense, and disturbing, Christopher Yates'Grist Mill Road begins with a shock and keeps the suspense burning page after page. A thriller with imagination to spare. Highly recommended.
9. November 2017, quoteJason Matthews, author
Christopher Yates'Grist Mill Roadisa terrific thriller. A horrid childhood crime carried secretly to adulthood, with menace lurking around the corner, and guilt hanging heavy overhead. Alfred Hitchcock would have optioned the plotin the blink of his gimle
9. November 2017, quoteJung Yun, author
Anintricately craftednovel about adult lives forever changed by closely held childhood secrets. Grist Mill Road isa compulsive readthat will unsettle you from its first page and surprise you until its very last.