My Review of “Grist Mill Road” by Christopher J. Yates


image“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.

9 comments on “My Review of “Grist Mill Road” by Christopher J. Yates”

  1. Hey, I liked your review and I felt the same way, but I didn’t understand what happened exactly.
    Patch shot Matthew and killed him? But they made it seem like Patch was dying. Did the detective shoot him? Or did he just pass out? That really frustrated me.


  2. I really was into the first 2/3rds of this book. I went back and reread the ending feeling I’d missed something. Still doesn’t make sense to me. I agree that the ending is confusing. Who shot whom?


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