Bonfire is the first novel by Krysten Ritter, star of such excellent television shows as The B in Apartment 33 and of course Jessica Jones. This story takes place in the small town of our protagonist Abby Williams' childhood, where a 10 year old mystery disappearance has plagued the minds of every Barrens, Indiana townsperson. Back in town for the first time in 10 years as a grown up lawyer person investigating the potential water pollution of the local massive plastics firm, Abby digs up both the town's and her own past.
While Abby investigates Optimal Plastics' layers of lies and cover ups, she also finds herself unearthing secrets about the decades old scandalous disappearance of popular girl Kaycee Mitchell, striking up romances with former classmates, navigating the complicated relationship with her ageing father, and attempting not to turn to drink as the impact of her childhood weighs down on her all the while trying to keep herself together in front of her colleagues.
Ritter thanks Lauren Oliver in her acknowledgments, and as a fan of Oliver's writing I could really see her influence on this thriller. I love Lauren Oliver's books so this was definitely a good thing. Bonfire is dark, a little depressing, enthralling and gripping. I entirely pictured Abby as Krysten Ritter/Jessica Jones- maybe there could be a new series in this? Badass environmental lawyer with gay black colleague uncovering corporate scandals and solving murders? I'm on board!
This gripping thriller is perfect to keep you curled up where it's safe and warm indoors this autumn/winter. I'm looking forward to seeing what Krysten Ritter writes next!
I received a copy of Bonfire from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, which this is!