Grist Mill Road by Christopher J. Yates arrived in the mail unexpectedly a few months ago. Apparently, I signed up to receive a book to review. It slipped my mind. So it was still a surprise. When I saw the cover and title, I did not think that I would like it at all. My main concern was that it was going to be too graphic and gross.
Although there were a few details that were unpleasant, the book was not grisly. I cannot tell you how glad I was that it wasn’t like a horror movie. When I started reading it, I could not put it down. For me, the sign that I really like the book is that I’m extremely annoyed when I have to stop reading.
Grist Mill Road follows the story of Patch, Hannah and Matthew in two different timelines. One setting is in 1982, while the current time occurs in 2008. There’s an event that happens in 1982 that affects all three characters until the end of the book. The reader doesn’t know all of the details of the event until almost the last chapter.
One of the things that I like about the book was that Patch was a food blogger. He really loves blogging and doesn’t want to return to the workforce. I can relate to this on a personal level.
Since I’ve finished watching all nine seasons of Forensic Files, I need to be entertained. Grist Mill Road filled that emptiness that needs to be filled with mystery and secrets. Hannah is a crime reporter so she knows about so many mysteries. She also loved telling cheesy jokes. It’s too bad that she’s not a real person.
Anyway, this book was really good. It has a story that kept me captivated. The characters were interesting and full of secrets.
If I had to rate this book, I would give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
- I was given an ARC from Picador for reviewing purposes. All of the opinions are mine.