Bonfire (Hardcover)

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From actress (Jessica Jones), producer, writer, Ritter comes an engaging debut that combines a tortured past with a compelling mystery about a small town that is embroiled in a possible corruption scandal brought about by the company that sustains the community. Going home again is never easy, but it is particularly painful for Abby Williams, who left the small town of Barrens, Indiana 10 years ago to escape her school peers who hated her and pursue a life outside of the rural nightmare of her youth. Part Erin Brockovich, part Mean Girls, Abby Williams is back in Barrens in her role as an environmental lawyer and is only minutes into her return when she begins running into the people who make up her tortured history. Though she is in Barrens to investigate the role of Optimal Plastics in the reported health issues in Barrens, she also begins to uncover the circumstances that lead to the sudden departure of one of her childhood friends over 10 years ago. And then things get complicated. It turns out that this visit is more than just work to Abby; it is really a trip to her past to see if she can free herself from the damage inflicted on her when she lived there.

— From Sarah Chen


"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.

About the Author

KRYSTEN RITTER is well-known for her starring roles in the award-winning Netflix original series Marvel's Jessica Jones and cult favorite Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, as well as her pivotal role on AMC's Breaking Bad. Ritter's work on film includes Big Eyes, Listen Up Philip, Life Happens, Confessions of a Shopaholic, and She's Out of My League. She is the founder of Silent Machine, a production company that aims to highlight complex female protagonists. Ritter and her dog, Mikey, split their time between New York and Los Angeles.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781524759841
ISBN-10: 1524759848
Publisher: Crown Archetype
Publication Date: November 7th, 2017
Pages: 288
Language: English