This book started off really strong. Grist Mill Road kicks off in 1982, with the brutal attack of a young girl at the hands of a fellow peer and his best friend as a witness. The story then flashes to 2008, and charts the lives of the three characters as they still struggle with the aftermath of the event. This is when the book starts to lose steam. I didn’t like any of the characters as adults, and most of these segments were just downright boring and ultimately didn’t lead to a satisfying conclusion. I much preferred the flashback scenes that showcased the depths of the three individuals and showcased their lives up to and after the event.
The novel does pick up the pace in its second half, and there are genuinely tense moments that made it impossible for me to put the book down. Sadly, the ending rivals the first half of the book, which left me disappointed and underwhelmed. This is an average thriller with some great moments, but the overall package just didn’t deliver.