Author: Krysten Ritter
Publisher: Penguin Platform
Published: 2017 (Today!)
Source: ARC (Thanks to Penguin Platform!)
Should you ever go back?
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.
I was very kindly sent a copy of Bonfire which I hadn’t heard much about but sounded like an interesting read. Plus, it’s by none other than Krysten Ritter who you may know as Jessica Jones.
I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from this book. You may have seen my review of Otherworld, partially written by the actor Jason Segel, and you may remember that I didn’t even know he wrote books. This is exactly the same thing. This is Krysten’s first book but I absolutely had no idea that she was even writing one! Like Jason Segel, she is an actor, and like I am with all famous people that write books, I mostly just didn’t know what to expect from this book but I went into it with a clear head. The only thing was that after watching Krysten in Jessica Jones, she sort of took on the form of Abby, the main character. So basically, Krysten Ritter/Jessica Jones is Abby to me.
Bonfire was a pretty decent mystery novel to be honest. It clocks in at under 300 pages making it a rapid read. I was pleasantly surprised by it and the writing flowed really well. Abby doesn’t have many friends but she does have interactions with many people throughout the book. Her relationship with her father is complicated and the communications she has with people that she went to school with are sort of strained due to how they treated her before. I think that seeing Abby come back to her home town as someone who has really progressed and made it ‘big’ in comparison to the others who she went to school with is pretty cool and I liked that just because she had really improved on herself within the last 10 years, Abby didn’t come back and start being malicious or horrible to the people who had been to her.
This book follows along the mystery behind Optimal Plastics but is part of something a whole lot bigger which really begins to develop within the last 100-120 pages. As one question was answered, another came up in it’s place but by the end of this book, all of the questions were answered which tied off quite nicely. The writing in this flowed well and the plot followed along great. There were times when I felt myself start to drop off a bit but this book is mostly fast paced. There were a couple of characters that popped up that I’d have liked to have seen more of ad other characters that I’d have liked to have seen less of.
I did feel that this book was ever so slightly rushed at times and especially at the end, as it felt a little like ‘oh, case closed so that’s that’. There are a couple of questions that I personally do have and that I felt this book could have definitely answered, but honestly it’s ok. It wrapped up fairly well and is a good standalone novel.
All in all, I found this to be an enjoyable book and a pretty quick read. It’s a decent mystery story and whilst I had my suspicions, it wasn’t entirely predictable which is definitely what you want from a mystery book!
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