Every life is complicated. And every story has multiple points of view. In his new psychological thriller, Christopher Yates attempts to reveal the truth of a story by examine all sides.
In 1982 three teenagers, Hannah, Patrick, and Matthew, take part in an unthinkable act of violence. One will lose an eye and gain a lifetime of nightmares. One will live with the guilt of inactivity, doing, saying nothing to stop the brutality. And one will go to jail for the crime, marked with the brand of viciousness.
Twenty-six years later, and circumstances are bringing the three back together, each revealing his or her perspective of the circumstances surrounding the event that upended their lives. Through each retelling, more is revealed about the lives of these kids. Sympathies waiver and switch. The violence that seemed horrific and inevitable at the start of the book becomes sad, the result of childish misunderstandings. Misunderstandings color their adult lives as well, leading them to a potentially even worse confrontation.
Abuse, sexuality, and bigotry are central to Grist Mill Road, themes presented head on without flinching. Yates reveals the tragedy of ordinary lives gone wrong and the effects of keeping secrets hidden from the ones we love.