“Grist Mill Road” by Author Christopher J. Yates started off as a dynamic, powerful, intense and captivating novel. The genres for this book are Psychological Thriller, and Mystery and Suspense. The timelines for this story are 1982 and 2008. Hannah, Matthew and Patrick start off as young teenagers when a suspenseful terrible crime happens. Twenty six years later in 2008, the three characters meet up accidentally with devastating consequences.
The author describes the characters as complicated, and complex. The characters all have a dysfunctional background. There are betrayals, and deep secrets that go back to 2008. The author alternates the chapters by characters, and the timeline goes back and forth. The puzzles, clues, and twists and turns stop towards the end of the book.
I felt let down and disappointed at the end of the story. The very last chapter is somewhat confusing. Towards the end of the book, the character development is sloppy, something is missing. I can not bring up many of the things that concern me, because I don’t want to give away any spoilers. There are some major holes in the story that I feel the author should be accountable for, and I just feel frustrated. That being said, the first two-thirds of the book are well written, and are entertaining. I do recommend that readers of psychological thrillers take a chance and read this book to come to their own conclusions. I received this Advanced Reading Copy for my honest review.