Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

Bonfire

Krysten Ritter

With tantalizing twists, slow-burning suspense, and a remote, rural town of just five claustrophobic miles, Bonfire is a dark exploration of what happens when your past and present collide.

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Can you ever outrun your past?

From actress, producer, and writer, Krysten Ritter, a psychological suspense novel about a woman forced to confront her past in the wake of small-town corruption

 
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’ 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 the reputations, and lives, of 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 miles, Bonfire is a dark exploration of what happens when your past and present collide.


Advance Galley Reviews

I couldn't put this book down once I started reading it. Krysten Ritter wrote a book full of action, suspense, and a strong female character, Abby Williams. Don't start this book unless you have enough time to finish it before getting a good night's sleep. There were so many narratives to carry the drama and mystery: high school mean girls, corporate intrigue, environmental waste and illness, corrupt politicians, and a small Indiana town obliged to rely upon the largesse of one corporation. Krysten Ritter burned the pages of this book with action, and this is what a thriller should read like. This is a strong, well written debut novel with snappy dialogue and meticulous descriptions of settings. Abby Williams is no shrinking violet when it comes to justice yet she is flawed and has some self destructive behaviors. I didn't always like Abby, but I still cared about her as a character. This is a book I will definitely recommend to my friends.

 


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