An excellent mystery with twists and turns, it hooked me immediately and wouldn't let go. A quick, fun read. Abby left her small town home 10 years ago, and now she's back - investigating the big plastics company who may or may not be dumping waste into the town's water supply - but has the town folk hooked around their little finger. At the same time, Abby is dealing with old memories, old enemies, and her own demons. Particularly surrounding a missing school friend with a dark history. Bonfire is a strong mystery with fascinating characters and good storytelling instincts. Ritter blends a handful of plot lines seamlessly, and I loved seeing how it all turned out.
November 2017 Indie Next List
“In this fast-paced thriller, successful environmental lawyer Abby Williams is brought back to her small Indiana town for work, where Optimal Plastics, a company that has helped rebuild the town and its economy, is under suspicion for water pollution. While investigating the pollution claims, Abby also becomes obsessed with discovering what happened to a classmate who disappeared 10 years earlier after a scandal that left many unanswered questions - a disappearance that has haunted her for years. In both cases, the search for truth leads Abby down a dark path of corruption and secrets. This is a remarkable debut novel and the must-read thriller of this fall.”
— Rebecca Olson (W), Saturn Booksellers, Gaylord, MI
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.
About the Author
KRYSTEN RITTER is well-known for her starring roles in the award-winning Netflix original series Marvel's Jessica Jones and cult favorite Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, as well as her pivotal role on AMC's Breaking Bad. Ritter's work on film includes Big Eyes, Listen Up Philip, Life Happens, Confessions of a Shopaholic, and She's Out of My League. She is the founder of Silent Machine, a production company that aims to highlight complex female protagonists. Ritter and her dog, Mikey, split their time between New York and Los Angeles.