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Can you ever outrun your past?From actress, producer, and writer Krysten Ritter, a gripping, tightly wound 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'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.
Publisher: 2017.
ISBN: 9781524759865
Characteristics: 277 pages ; 25 cm

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Sep 14, 2018

I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. A few cliché suspense tropes throughout, but all in all not bad at all for a first novel, especially coming from someone who is an average-at-best actress (front, back and side covers want you to be very aware that she is actress, but if you don't recognize the name or picture, don't worry, she's not that important. She's best known for being the quirky nameless sidekick/sidechick from that cheesy movie about a thing with some people in a situation that you saw a few years ago that your wife liked but you thought was just okay). I digress. Anyway, the book was decent and kept me guessing as to what was really going on. The sideplot with her father generated genuine emotions for me. Completed 11/9/18.

Aug 10, 2018

In my opinion, this book was only published because it was written by Krysten Ritter. It's a not-so-great thriller where the "twist" is obvious from about 1/3 of the way through. The added violence just serves as a reminder that this book is aiming more for shock value than valuable story. I was really disappointed but I also hope that Ritter takes in feedback on this novel and continues to write. The premise, as it was, sounded good - the execution faltered. Hopefully her second book has more depth to it.

PimaLib_JB Jun 11, 2018

I know Gone Girl was the big breakout bestseller, but I always had a soft spot for Gillian Flynn's earlier books, about troubled women returning to a disturbing childhood hometown and uncovering buried secret. And Bonfire feels very much of a piece with those, and books by Jennifer McMahon, so if you're a fan of those, you're in for a treat. And hey, as a Jessica Jones, Veronica Mars, and Breaking Bad fan, it was kinda cool to see that Krysten Ritter could hold her own as a writer, too! Some great turns of phrase helped liven up the dark subject matter.

May 11, 2018

Not a good book. Weak writing. Uninteresting character. The plot may be twisty, but it's really hard to care without writing or characters.

Apr 24, 2018

I read this for the "A Book You've Been Meaning To Read" part of my 2018 reading challenge. I mostly enjoyed this book, the twists kept me on edge but I found the finale still had some loose ends. It was a good thriller/mystery, fast paced, but kind of a generic storyline.

Jan 26, 2018

This one builds slowly, but the last 75 pages are easy to rip through, as things start to fall into place. I enjoyed it!

multcolib_karene Jan 14, 2018

Fast read but a bit too heavy on the suspense tropes.

Dec 21, 2017

Decent mystery thriller, and good for a debut novel.

JessicaGma Dec 14, 2017

A really good legal thriller/mystery with a main character who is a hot mess. Much better than I was expecting and quite timely, where you have a corporation who buys a small town and is trying to hide many sins....

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