Grist Mill Road

9 CDs. 11:30 hrs. Macmillan Audio. Jan. 2018. ISBN 9781427290366. $39.99. digital download. F
OrangeReviewStarA teenage girl is tied to a tree and shot with a BB gun over and over again, irrevocably damaging the lives of the perpetrator, the victim, and the person who stood by in fear. Years later, the three still struggle to keep the pieces of their lives together. Told in a combination of first-person letters, portions of a manuscript, and third-person depictions, the story slowly reveals events leading up to, surrounding, and influenced by the incident. Misunderstandings, misinterpretations of events, and complex motivations abound in the half-truths the characters tell themselves and others. A nonlinear structure adeptly adds suspense to this complicated foray into the volatile emotional states of characters who either continue to live in the past, use the past as a fulcrum, or simply move forward without facing their history. A talented cast of readers including Dan Bittner, Saskia Maarleveld, Graham Halstead, and Will Damron help listeners differentiate between the changing points of view and time periods.
VERDICT Even in a plethora of audiobooks that deviate from the traditional linear plot presentation, this title stands out for its honest and unflinching look at people, their fears, and their recurring mistakes. ["This fast-paced, suspenseful journey through the minds of these characters will fascinate Donna Tartt fans and readers who enjoy twisty, intellectual thrillers and unreliable narration": LJ 11/1/17 review of the Picador hc.]

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