Bonfire by Krysten Ritter
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Hutchinson
Please note: a copy of this book was provided by the publisher for review consideration.
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.
When I heard that Krysten Ritter was going to be releasing a novel, I had the usual scepticism one has when a celebrity decides they should write a book. Just because you are a creative, talented person in one realm, does not mean that translates to another art form.
However, when copies began making their way through Book Rioter’s hands, I heard pretty decent things. Okay. My interest piqued. Random House Canada gave me the chance to read a copy of Bonfire by Krysten Ritter for review, so I was in!
The story quickly drew me in as Abby Williams’ past and present collided in her current case. Procedurals aren’t usually my thing, but I was intrigued to see how Abby’s past would be weaved in.
I flew through this book, eager to see the connections between what Optimal was doing now and what was happening back when Abby was in high school. Throughout the many twists and turns, for the most part, it kept me guessing.
On the whole, I did enjoy Bonfire, but it definitely had some problems. I felt like it tried to tackle too much, with too many pieces held together by too thin a thread. It kind of felt like it didn’t quite know what it wanted to be about. It also ended really suddenly in a way that was a bit too much for me.
That being said, the writing itself was pretty good. I would probably read another book by Ritter!
Beth O’Brien is a library assistant and book blogger. Born and raised in Atlantic Canada, she lives in picturesque Nova Scotia with her cat Edith. You can often find her rocking double denim with her nose in a book and a craft beer in her hand. Follow her on Twitter @fuelldbyfiction.