Grist Mill Road (Hardcover) by Christopher J Yates

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List Price: £19.55

Hardcover: 352 Pages.

Published: 09 January 2018 by Macmillan USA

Edition: Reprint

ISBN: 1250150280

EAN: 9781250150288

Review by Debra Found

2.0 Stars2.0 Stars (2 from a possible 5)

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 childrenĀ  & 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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