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“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.
Read this in 2 days!
Could not put it down! Great read and storyline!
Really good twist to the end.
A new star on the mystery scene!
In the company of the greats:Sue Grafton, Sara Paretsky, Karin Slaughter ( and countless other stars in the genre) this first novel by Krysten Ritter shines like its own constellation. The writing is beautiful, evocative and rich. The characters are well developed and have strong, individual voice. The story is complex, a psychological and contemporary page turner. This book was a delightful surprise. I hope it is the first in a series.