- About the Book
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.
BONFIRE is the story of an incendiary court case matched with a decades-old mystery about a young lawyer's former frenemy from high school --- and Ritter has all the chops to make it a great ride.... BONFIRE is a very well-done thriller --- a mystery that we don't figure out on page three, a series of characters who aren't always what they first seem to be, a sense of tension and dread that keeps us turning pages faster and faster as we race to find out what will happen to Abby and her cohorts. Ritter is a good actress, but she is an excellent writer.... This is a compelling and readable book that doesn't shy away from the messy specifics of all relationships. BONFIRE is most certainly the first of what will be a series of novels. I'd love to see Abby come back. You will, too.
If it all sounds familiar, it should. There's never, in fact, an unfamiliar moment in Bonfire. One minute it's Mean Girls, the next it's Friday Night Lights, Twin Peaks, True Blood, you name it. Unfortunately, by the time Ritter is finished, the story is officially old and tired. More Jessica Fletcher than Jessica Jones.