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Grist Mill Road by Christopher J Yates

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Hardcover: 352 Pages.

Published: 09 January 2018 by Macmillan USA

Edition: Reprint

ISBN: 1250150280

EAN: 9781250150288

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.


2.0 Stars2.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Couldn't Engage

I tried to like this book but it just didn't happen for me.

In 1982 three youngsters are out for the day, on their bikes, playing like most children did. They are just on that cusp between being children  & seeing playing games as beneath them. Hannah gets tied to a tree and shot with a BB gun by Matthew. Patrick doesn't try to stop it. This is quite a gruesome opening to the book and is described in detached detail. A parallel thread runs in which Patrick seems to spend an inordinate amount of time cooking & blogging on the subject. We are given the details of that day in 1982 from the point of view of each of the three characters intertwined with the thread of their lives 26 years later.

So what went wrong for me? I found that I just didn't care about the characters. Even with the description of Hannah's shooting in the opening chapter I just didn't feel involved. I found the modern thread quite boring & was getting a bit fed up once we see the shooting event for the third time from a different point of view. I never felt involved with the characters & struggled to care about what happened to them. There are some secrets - quite major secrets - but for some reason I just didn't engage. I think I can just conclude that I didn't gel with the writing style.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.

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