Grist mill road by christopher j yates thank you so much to picador for sending me an advance copy all opinions are my own the rashomon film style is known for a plot device that involves various characters providing subjective alternative self serving and contradictory versions of the same incident. Grist mill road opens in a dramatic and disturbing fashionits 1982 hannah a teenage girl is tied to a tree while a teenage boy matthew shoots her with a bb gun a 12 year old boy watches . A defining moment of violence inextricably links the lives of three young adults in yates black chalk 2015 psychological thrilleri remember the gunshots made a wet sort of sound phssh phssh phssh and each time he hit her she screameddo the math and the whole thing probably went on for as long as 10 minutes. Yatess 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. Christopher j yatess grist mill road opens with a shooting involving three teenagers then revisits the crime and its consequences once theyre grown
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