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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.
"A phenomenal, haunting debut." --GILLIAN FLYNN, bestselling author of Gone Girl "I burned through Krysten Ritter's hugely accomplished debut. Bonfire is dark, disturbing, and compulsively readable."--RUTH WARE, bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 Nothing burns as bright as the truth.
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.