Book Review of BONFIRE by Krysten Ritter
BONFIRE by Krysten Ritter
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A debut novel filled with heart, grit, and slow-burning suspense.
I will be honest with you all. BONFIRE was a must read for me because I love Krysten Ritter. I have enjoyed seeing the actress on the big and small screen for years, so adding this book to my to read pile was a no-brainer. However, I was nervous about if the hype behind the book was worth it. Well?
Even though the book was a bit slow to start, I believe that reading about Abby's homecoming and her backstory is needed to appreciate what is to come. As the mystery of Optimal Plastics and this small town began to reveal itself, this is where the book took off and really pulled me in. The suspense comes from the building tensions as well as the interlacing of the environmental investigation, the disappearance of Kaycee Mitchell all those years ago, and the reemergence of a cruel "game" that targets young girls reputations.
What made this book even better for me as a reader was the character of Abby. There is an honesty and realness to her that is brought out through her insecurities, emotions, and reactions to her past being thrust back into her present. Ritter manages create something fresh with a narrative that could have taken a much more mundane turn.
All in all, I loved the book. It gave me a character driven mystery with a few surprises along the way.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Nothing burns as bright as the truth.
It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all visible evidence of her small-town roots. Now working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of meaningless one-night stands.
But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town’s most high-profile company and economic heart, Abby begins to find strange connections to Barrens’s biggest scandal from more than a decade ago, involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her closest friends—just before Kaycee disappeared for good.
Abby knows the key to solving any case lies in the weak spots, the unanswered questions. But as she tries desperately to find out what really happened to Kaycee, troubling memories begin to resurface and she begins to doubt her own observations. And when she unearths an even more disturbing secret—a ritual called “The Game”—it will threaten reputations, and lives, in the community and risk exposing a darkness that may consume her.
With tantalizing twists, slow-burning suspense, and a remote rural town of just five claustrophobic square miles, Bonfire is a dark exploration of what happens when your past and present collide.
About the Author: KRYSTEN RITTER is well-known for her starring roles in the award-winning Netflix original series Marvel’s Jessica Jones and cult favorite Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, as well as her pivotal role on AMC’s Breaking Bad. Ritter’s work on film includes Big Eyes, Listen Up Philip, Life Happens, Confessions of a Shopaholic, and She’s Out of My League. She is the founder of Silent Machine, a production company that aims to highlight complex female protagonists. Ritter and her dog, Mikey, split their time between New York and Los Angeles.
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Crown Archetype (November 7, 2017)
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