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Grist Mill Road : a novel / Christopher J. Yates.
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9781250150288
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First edition.
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New York : Picador, 2018.

©2017
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342 pages ; 25 cm
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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-- from Amazon.com.
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An Entertainment Weekly "Must Read"

"Twisty and told from multiple perspectives, this meaty thriller races to a satisfying finish." -- People magazine

"The intensity of the storytelling is exhilarating and unsettling." -- Booklist (starred review)

Twenty-six years ago Hannah had her eye shot out. Now she wants justice. But is she blind to the truth?

"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

"The plot is darkly, intricately layered, full of pitfalls and switchbacks, smart and funny and moving and merciless." --Tana French, New York Times bestselling author of In the Woods and The Trespasser

"Dark, intense, and disturbing...Highly recommended." --Krysten Ritter, author of Bonfire

"Two of life's delicious pleasures--gourmet delectations and a sinister, plot-twisty tale--come together in this intelligent thriller." --Oprah.com

Christopher J. Yates's cult hit Black Chalk introduced that rare writerly talent: a literary writer who could write a plot with the intricacy of a brilliant mental puzzle, and with characters so absorbing that readers are immediately gripped. Yates's new book does not disappoint. Grist Mill Road is a dark, twisted, and expertly plotted Rashomon-style tale. 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.


Author Notes

CHRISTOPHER J. YATES was born and raised in Kent and studied law at Oxford University before working as a puzzle editor in London. He lives in New York City with his wife and dog. His first book, Black Chalk , was an NPR "Best of the Year" selection.


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Publisher's Weekly 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., and shoots her with a BB gun 49 times, including through the eye. Patrick "Patch" McConnell, a friend of Matthew's, is walking nearby and hears the shots. When Patch arrives at the scene, he at first thinks Hannah is dead, but she survives her injuries. Flash forward to 2008, when all three are living in New York City. Hannah, now a crime reporter, is married to Patch, who puts all his energies into his food blog and fantasizing about getting even with the boss who recently laid him off. A chance meeting with Matthew brings to the surface the anger and violence each has repressed. The reader's sympathies shift as each character brings a different perspective to the events that shaped them. Unexpected twists keep the tension high. Agent: Jessica Papin, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

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 structure is a fine example of the Rashomon effect, set with alternating points-of-view of the three involved. Patch and Hannah tell their tales in distinctive first-person voices, while Matthew's story is recounted in the second person, which only adds to the divergence of accounts, along with an overarching third-person omniscient narration that's set 26 years later when the protagonists' lives once again collide. Smart, beautiful, and unrelenting prose puts the reader right into the scenes, making it difficult to decide which of the trio-none of them are particularly likable, but each is engaging in his or her own way-is telling the truth. VERDICT This fast-paced, suspenseful journey through the minds of these characters will fascinate Donna Tartt fans and readers who enjoy twisty, intellectual thrillers and unreliable narration. [See Prepub Alert, 7/24/17; library marketing.]-Charli Osborne, Oak Park P. L., MI © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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