Grist Mill Road

A Novel
Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
4 out of 5 stars (312 ratings)

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

OR
In cart

Publisher's Summary

The highly anticipated new audiobook from the author whose debut was called "the smart summer thriller you've been waiting for..." (NPR's All Things Considered) and was named a Book of the Year by NPR and an Entertainment Weekly Must-List Pick 

Christopher J. Yates' cult hit Black Chalk introduced that rare writerly talent: a literary author who could create a plot with the intricacy of a brilliant mental puzzle and with characters so absorbing that listeners are immediately gripped. Yates' new audiobook 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 90 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. 

©2017 Christopher J. Yates (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Narrators Dan Bittner, Saskia Maarleveld, and Graham Halstead do a marvelous job delivering first-person accounts leading to the...terrible crime. Will Damron provides a taut narration of the 2008 events, which are told omnisciently in the third person. It's a labyrinth of shifting perspectives, but the narrators keep this grim story focused and mesmerizing." (AudioFile)  

"[Dan] Bittner, Will Damron, Graham Halstead, and Saskia Maarleveld bring the multidimensional characters vividly to life and narrate this complex and twisting tale of psychological suspense in a manner that keeps the listener involved and eager to follow along to its harrowing conclusion." — Booklist

More from the same

What members say
Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    100
  • 4 Stars
    103
  • 3 Stars
    72
  • 2 Stars
    23
  • 1 Stars
    14
Performance
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    143
  • 4 Stars
    101
  • 3 Stars
    37
  • 2 Stars
    9
  • 1 Stars
    5
Story
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    87
  • 4 Stars
    93
  • 3 Stars
    66
  • 2 Stars
    27
  • 1 Stars
    21

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Not what I expected...

This is a very compelling book that draws you in and somehow keeps your interest throughout. The author has a great writing style but this is not edge of your seat material. Three children are involved in a very bizarre act that leaves a 13 year old girl with one eye. The other is shot out with a BB gun by a 14 year old boy while their 12 year old friend hid and watched. The initial act/crime in this book is far less then my expectations. From the book's description I expected a much darker set up for a secret that was held for 26 years.
The story unfolds slowly (but not boringly by any far stretch). It is told by each of the three people involved from each perspective. There is some repetition of incidents but there is variation with each retelling. It's not until the last hour of the book that everything comes together and the entire truth of events leading up to and following the BB gun incident are revealed.
Narration was excellent.
I recommend this book but more as fiction not a suspense.
If you found this review helpful please indicate so.
Thank You.

30 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Plot held me, barely

I found this to be quite frustrating and in need of lots of editing. I skipped through passages that had odd and unnecessary detail.
I’m also personally tired of the structure of jumping among time periods and narrators. It just seems like an overused device that masks a weak story and/or weak writing.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Decent Read for Going in Blind

I picked this up on a recommendation from Kyle MacLachlan on Instagram. Why not? I was hoping for more of a weird Twin Peaks vibe, probably because of that. This book was very much a real-world sort of story. The writing was vivid and descriptive. The characters were a little bland to me, but in a real-world real-person sort of way. I felt enough for them that their ultimate fates made me sad. The narration was also solid. Not my favorite book, but not bad overall.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Are they nuts?

What did you like best about Grist Mill Road? What did you like least?

I loved the narrator but you can only do so much with material.

Has Grist Mill Road turned you off from other books in this genre?

The story line. I have read several of these types of books that jump around on the time line and they keep my attention. It has been a LONGGGG time since an author could not convince me to care about the characters.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

was able to bring me back into the book by changing his tempo

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • LW
  • 01-18-18

A Tedious Horror Story

Bizarre story involving a horrific account of evil adolescent behavior followed by an implausible and ultimatately boorish account of the adult lives of the victim, witness and perpetrator. Had to set this one aside after investing 5+ hours, finding no redeeming characters and the plot severely handicapped by mundane details of food blogging and cement mixers.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

ugh the ending....

The buildup, the questions, the twists and turns and it was all headed towards amazing and that ending just didn’t do anything for me. It just ended, I get why, but I just didn’t like it. My opinion. The performance by all the narrators was great, it was just not the book I was hoping for with all the great reviews.

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Not for the Intelligent

I thought the plot was a great concept. But there was no meaningful follow-through, no shocking, twisting anything. It was boring for long periods, as backstory was delivered for each character, but didn’t end up being of value to the reader.

Not a fan of the book at all.

Further, the audio recording was horrible. The S’s were so sharp I had to turn all the treble down on our car stereo. Very poorly recorded, poorly performed voice acting and production.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

I really disliked this book

I forced myself to finish it but I couldn’t wait until it was over.
Extremely drawn out story that was hard to listen to. An older gay man gets together with a 14 year old boy who falls in love with him. Not believable and I was really bothered by it. Gay or straight an older person having a relationship with a 14 year old is NOT okay and this author seemed to want you to appreciate it or feel found of this relationship.
The entire plot was lame if you ask me. Don’t waste your time with this.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Unexpected story ending

Story took a long time to develop but then I was hooked. Lots of twists and turns and a fun book to follow while commuting.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

suspenseful with a let down

this book does a good jib of keeping you reading with moderate suspense but is overall dsiappointing it its climax.