Grist Mill Road
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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 redemption: it's made up of broken shards that lie buried somewhere in the spaces between people, and when the jagged edges work their way to the surface, they can be devastating." --Tana French, author of the New York Times bestselling In the Woods and The Trespasser
"Arresting...Twisting backward and forward in time, entering the minds of each character in turn, Yates examines both how they reached this point and what happens years later, when the past wreaks havoc on the present....[A] sophisticated...elegant narrative." --The New York Times
"Dark, intense, and disturbing, Christopher Yates's Grist Mill Road begins with a shock and keeps the suspense burning page after page. A thriller with imagination to spare. Highly recommended." --Krysten Ritter, author of Bonfire
"Haunting . . . The twists are surprising, the plot is propulsive and the portrait of guilt is nuanced. This is psychological thriller writing at its most compelling."--Susannah Cahalan and Mackenzie Dawson, New York Post "Best Books of 2018"
"Christopher Yates's Grist Mill Road is a 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 plot in the blink of his gimlet eye. A gripping read." --Jason Matthews, author of the bestselling Red Sparrow trilogy
"The list of authors whose books I read automatically is very short, and loses more names than it adds most years. Now the British writer Christopher J. Yates is on it, thanks to this truly superb second novel, a dark, roving psychological thriller as powerful as anything by Tana French...irresistibly readable...make no mistake: Yates is the real deal." --USA Today
"Shuffling and reshuffling one's narrators has become almost a sport among suspense novelists, some of whom take it to excess. This reader, for one, balked when Paula Hawkins in effect brought one of her characters in The Girl on the Train back from the dead, out of temporal sequence, to supply crucial information. Yates eschews such highhanded artifice, tacking back and forth in time, and from one narrator to another, with extraordinary skill." --Dennis Drabelle, The Washington Post
"Two of life's delicious pleasures--gourmet delectations and a sinister, plot-twisty tale--come together in this intelligent thriller." --Oprah.com
"The intensity of the storytelling is exhilarating and unsettling." --Booklist (starred review)
"An intricately crafted novel about adult lives forever changed by closely held childhood secrets. Grist Mill Road is a compulsive read that will unsettle you from its first page and surprise you until its very last." --Jung Yun, author of Shelter
"Grist Mill Road is full of tension and unexpected twists." --Angela Carone, San Diego Magazine "5 Books to Read in January"
"Yates constructed a thrilling psychological puzzle in his first novel, Black Chalk. With his second, he's written an even more complex and propulsive whodunnit laced with questions about moral responsibility, the relativity of truth, the reliability of memory and the long-term consequences of our actions." --Jane Ciabattari, BBC.COM "10 Books to Read in 2018