Bonfire by Krysten Ritter Review


Title: Bonfire
Author: Krysten Ritter
Publisher Info / Release: Crown Publishing | June 26, 2018 (Paperback Edition)
Source: Free Book from Crown Publishing
Rating: 4 / 5 *’s

Thank you to Crown Publishing for sending me this free copy of Bonfire in exchange for an honest review! 


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?

This book is a mystery that will keep you guessing up until the very end. Abby is an intriguing character who ends up returning to her hometown for work and is quickly confronted with her past. Ritter does a fantastic job showcasing the face that everyone knows everyone and their business in small rural towns.

The past and present are weaved together well while Abby tries to discover if the disappearance of her childhood best friend is linked to the very company she is investigating.

One issue I had was towards the end when I wasn’t sure how we could possibly find out what the secret was throughout the entire book and it felt a bit rushed. Overall, I thought it was a great debut novel.

It’s a fairly quick read and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a “who done it” kind of story.

When I was approached to review this book, I was instantly ecstatic due to the face that I enjoy Ritter as an actress. I can’t wait to see what else she comes up with!

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