Grist Mill Road Readers Guide

book-1482594-639x426You can now read and download the Grist Mill Road Readers/Discussion guide here. However, spoiler alert: do not look at this before finishing the novel if you wish to enjoy all of its surprises.

  1. I’m confused about the ending…did Patch Shoot and kill Matthew, and then did McCluskey shoot and kill Patch ?? Or did Patch shoot Matthew and then Patch finally went over the edge into madness ?? Or did Patch turn with the gun and McCLuskey shot him ?

    • Disappointing ending. I re-read the last 2 chapters thinking I missed something. I agree with the other posts. Who killed who? Did Matthew really get Patrick fired? Was the last chapter supposed to be Patrick’s last thoughts before he died? Frustrating. Also, it bothered me how often McCluskey referred to Hannah as “Aitch” every other line in the book.

    • Patch did indeed shoot and kill Matthew, thus, McCluskey shot Patch. The shot was fatal, and his final moments he was recalling his first date with Hannah Jensen.

  2. I am also very confused and disappointed in the ending. An anticlimax to the previous action without a clear picture of what happened. Same questions as above. I really liked the book until the .. pretty bad ending!

  3. Final chapter: Why was Patch meeting Hannah at a restaurant (as opposed to being incarcerated) and why did she need to explain how she ate her steak when, a) they’d been married for some years and, b) he’d eaten steak off her body early in the book?

  4. Can you explain the ending ?
    Patch shoots and kills Matthew and then the cop shoots Patch.
    he lives and gets back with his wife. Why doesn’t he end up in jail.

    Ending is way too confusing !!!

  5. Disappointing ending. I re-read the last 2 chapters thinking I missed something. I agree with the other posts. Who killed who? Did Matthew really get Patrick fired? Was the last chapter supposed to be Patrick’s last thoughts before he died? Frustrating. Also, it bothered me how often McCluskey referred to Hannah as “Aitch” every other line in the book.

  6. Patrick killed Matthew, Mcluskey killed Patrick. The final chapter was another bit of backstory…how Patrick and Hannah after meeting as adults, went out on their first date. The anniversary that they celebrated every year after. The suit, pocket square, champagne and same meal. My interpretation, just saying!

  7. Agree with other reviews about the weird ending….when did this take place? before or after the previous chapter? I muddled though the book with it’s constantly changing narrators but by the last page, I was glad to be finished with the book.
    I’m not tempted to even tackle his first book.


  8. I am so confused with ending. Who killed who??? Is the ending Patch’ s interpretation before he does? Why doesn’t Matthew get to give his version of the story when all the characters are there at the end? It doesn’t make sense, and is get disappointing. It’s a shame because had the ending been clearer, I believe more people would have enjoyed it. I wish Yates would simply answer the readers questions so as a reader we would have closure.

  9. It was open to interpretation. Hannah was telling Patrick what he wanted to hear. That she loved him, that he did what she wanted. The only thing we can be sure of is that Patrick was shot and died and that Hannah still loved him. A little unsatisfying but realistic nonetheless. I bet if you go back and read some of the first person narrative by each of them, you’ll have some pretty solid answers when viewing in retrospect. I don’t think I’m up to it though.

  10. I think the ending is clear enough that Matthew was shot but Patch and the detective shot Patch. But is it just me or does Matthew not real seem like a bad person as an adult. He actually seems genuinely sorry and even says he’ll stay away from people but Patch and Hannah come to him? I understand he bought the house Hannah lives in and it seems sinister but he actually had a pretty good excuse in Peter and it being the best house in the area. I just don’t think it warranted kidnapping him and killing him for shooting someone’s eye out. Weird ending.

  11. I am very upset and disturbed by the ending. I was hoping for a happy ending that all three of them (Matthew, Patrick and Hannah) can reconcile and reach an understanding.

    I feel bad for Matthew. And I hate Hannah.

    Maybe I missed something. Why did Hannah ask Matthew to invite Patrick along with their outing? Patrick didn’t have a crush on Hannah when he was a kid. He didn’t know that Hannah likes Matthew, right?

    Anyway, I would have liked the book more if it was a happy ending (all three of them get on to live their happy lives).

  12. I am glad to see that I certainly was not only one who was both confused and disappointed in the ending. I came to the same conclusion as most that the last chapter was some sort of supernatural event, couldn’t have been
    heaven though because Patrick murdered Matthew in premeditated cold blood. I thought Matthew was the only character with any likeable qualities, I wished he would’ve lived and other three all died some horrible death. The ending felt like an add-on to satisfy an unhappy editor or publisher. Frankly I thought the book was poorly written.

  13. I thought the ending was fitting and fantastic. I have no problems with it, and I went on and purchased–and read, Black Chalk. (Which is also fantastic!).

  14. I think the ending was actually quite realistic… Patrick kills Matthew … The cop killed Patch

    The final chapter is sad as hell because I believe it’s Patch reliving a past dinner with Hannah as in his last visions firing in his brain as he dies. I do think Hannah loved him but the whole situation with the three of them was doomed to failure…

    There was no possible way the 3 could have lived happily ever after.

  15. I read this guide Baffling finishing. I re-read the final 2 chapters considering I missed something. I concur with the other posts. Who slaughtered who? Did Matthew truly get Patrick terminated? Was the final chapter assumed to be Patrick’s final contemplations sometime recently he passed on? Baffling. Moreover, it bothered me how regularly McCluskey alluded to Hannah as “Aitch” each other line within the book

  16. I have have read content and it was very intersting but the end is little bit confusing .

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  20. The last chapter is really not puzzling. The key is in the chapter title, Into the Blue. At the end of each “Part” of the book there is a chapter called Into the Blue and they are all Patrick’s recollections (told in first person) of his finding again and courtship of Hannah, I think in 2003, all obviously before their marriage. Each of those Into the Blue chapters is a flashback but also represents Patrick’s hopes and dreams for a life with Hannah. The last chapter is just the final installment of those Into the Blue flashbacks. Sad, because we now know those hopes and dreams have not and will never come true.

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