Grist Mill Road by Christopher J. Yates
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Don't start this book if the idea of cruelty and the unintended consequences thereof, particularly when enacted by young boys, is going to be a problem. The way in which Patch and Matthew nearly destroy Hannah's life, and how their actions play out years later feels over the top, yet somehow works. What was less believable was how Hannah reacts in the modern day, as is her relationship with both Patch and the police (I bought she was a crime reporter, not the lengths Mikey went to for her). Add to that the multiple POVs, the way we don't see how Matthew changes over the years, we just see him as changed, and the improbable ending (including the One Twist that puts the ending in motion)... points got lost. More of Patch's cooking would have been nice. As mystery/thriller/suspense books go, this isn't bad, but it's not really unique either.
ARC provided by publisher.