Bonfire – Krysten Ritter

4 stars

I received an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. 

Bonfire is slow to start, but once the flame gets going there’s no stopping this story.


Cover from Goodreads


Here’s the publisher’s blurb:

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 Abby tries to find out what really happened to Kaycee, she unearths an even more disturbing secret—a ritual called “The Game,” which 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 the question, can you ever outrun your past?

I grew up in a small agricultural town and my ten-year high school reunion is coming up next year. I haven’t seen many of the kids I went to school with since graduation so I could relate to Abby Williams’ conflicted feelings of simultaneously wanted in to see what had become of everyone and wanting to avoid all those people and the many heavy memories that would accompany their faces.

Krysten Ritter is famous most recently for her role as Jessica Jones in the Netflix show of the same name and it was a little challenging separating Jessica Jones from Bonfire‘s Abigail Williams in my head.

The story was a little slow to start, but as I said in my introduction, once the fuel Ritter laid down was lit, Bonfire was a roaring plot and I flipped through the pages as quickly as I could.

I generally prefer fantasy or science fiction over thrillers but Bonfire was a satisfying read.

Bonfire hits shelves November 7, 2017 – but if you visit Alex Can Read on November 16, you’ll have a chance to win your very own signed copy!