Bonfire by Krysten Ritter


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'...

Details Bonfire

Release DateNov 7th, 2017
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Suspense

Reviews Bonfire

  • Larry H
    Krysten Ritter rocks. Not only is she a total badass on Jessica Jones, and she rocked my world (and made me laugh out loud constantly) on her old television series Don't Trust the B— in Apartment 23 (still bitter it was canceled), but now her debut novel, Bonfire, is a really good read. I hate overachievers...Abby Williams couldn't get out of her Indiana hometown, Barrens, fast enough. Tormented by her childhood best friend Kaycee and her band ...
  • Paromjit
    This is an atmosphere drenched and compelling crime debut from Krysten Ritter set in Barrens, a small town in Indiana. As children, Abby Williams and Kaycee Mitchell were best friends, only for Kaycee to turn on Abby with her coterie of friends at school. Hating her father and her miserable life, Abby is the one that got away. She lives in Chicago and is a environmental lawyer, returning to Barrens after a decade away, to investigate Optimal Plas...
  • Adam Silvera
    Yes, Krysten Ritter is the star of Netflix's JESSICA JONES, but this thriller is damn good independent of its celebrity author. It's addicting and gritty and fast-paced. Hope you get obsessed too!
  • Paul
    thank you to netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book to review.i requested this from Netgalley mainly from curiousity as i am a fan of Krysten Ritter's acting so wondered if she could also write.turns out she can, i was pleasantly surprised at how well this novel was written. it is a multilayered story with recurring themes of family, bullying, enviromental concerns and memory. in other words for her debut Ritter went with a go big or...
  • Portia Lynn (itsportiasbooks)
    GUYS. KRYSTEN RITTER WROTE A BOOK. Memories are like fire, and need only a little oxygen to grow. I have been a huge fan of hers since Veronica Mars days. I will watch anything she is in. So when I found out she was crossing into my favorite world, the book world, I was SO FREAKING EXCITED. I rushed to see if it was available on Netgalley. Then worried I wouldn't get approved. BUT THEN I DID. So of course I started it immediately. Im so excited ...
  • Blair
    I would say this is the best novel by an actor I've ever read, but I'm not actually sure I've ever read any other novels by actors. Either way, this is good stuff, not just some indulgent vanity project. Ritter's debut is a pacy legal thriller which has Abby Williams, a young lawyer, returning home to Barrens, Indiana, where she's plagued by memories of a long-lost friend and finds a powerful corporation covering up evidence of corruption. Let's ...
  • Marialyce
    3 starsCan we go home again, or maybe the question should be should we go home again? Abby Williams does just that, she goes home, but returns as an environmental lawyer digging into a possible case against a corporate giant company Optimal Plastics. She has been gone for ten years but remembers all the horrible things that had happened to her while growing up Barrens Indiana. She remembers the cruelty of her fellow students especially her former...
  • Hollis
    Being a lawyer is a little like being a doctor in reverse : you look for the damage and try to grow it, try to push in, dig a little deeper, open up the festering places.BONFIRE was pretty close to being a hit for me. Unfortunately there were a few little issues that kept cropping up which kept this from getting a rounded-up rating from me.In a small town where everyone knows everyone, it takes real skill to look the other way.I might have clicke...
  • Liz Barnsley
    I absolutely thoroughly enjoyed this intense and atmospheric tale from Krysten Ritter - whilst it is far from being the first "Girl escapes small town only later having to return and face her demons" tale I have read, it is definitely one of the ones of superior quality and storytelling - Abby as a character immediately engaged me and the well layered, twisted yet authentic plot just sealed the deal.Big corporation v socially engaged lawyer is an...
  • Noha Badawi
    Around the 3.50 stars.This book is worth the read; it speaks volumes on teenage girls and how they bully, destroy one another during school instead of empowering each other.Thank you Penguin UK books for my advance reader copy Bonfire is the story of Abby Williams who left her home years ago to escape the small town life and all she's been through during high school. Working as an environmental lawyer, she's to go back to her town for a case. One...
  • Karen
    BONFIRE Written by Krysten RitterI am in the minority having never heard of Krysten Ritter before reading this suspense filled debut novel called "BONFIRE." I think her writing style is one that flows naturally, peppered with metaphors and similes. I found her storytelling skills quite captivating and I enjoyed this mystery especially towards reaching the conclusion. As I reached near the end of the book, I found myself not wanting to say goodbye...
  • Laura
    Gripping, moody, intense, super readable. One of the few times I think a comp to Gillian Flynn is actually appropriate. Can't wait to talk about this one.
  • Emily
    I love Krysten Ritter, and was so excited to read this book as an ARC. The two-star rating is spot-on for the Goodreads definition: it was okay. This turned out to be a typical thriller - down to the climactic but telegraphed ending - that read like Gillian Flynn's backlist. (I mean this as a compliment to both Ritter and Flynn. They both get the creepy small town vibe exactly right.) If you liked Sharp Objects, you'll also like Bonfire. I enjoye...
  • Jamie Canaves
    I am here for an adaptation starring Krysten Ritter.
  • Emily Berge
    Addicting and thrilling - a solid thriller with a moody setting
  • Amy's Book Reviews
    ***I received a complimentary copy of BONFIRE from First to Read in exchange for my honest review ***Ten years after high school graduation, Abby Williams returns to her hometown to investigate environmental concerns at a local water plant. Now a lawyer, she feels more like the bullied teenager she left behind when she encounters former classmates who may or may not know more than they are saying. Actress Krysten Ritter proves her talents aren’...
  • Stephanie Gillespie
    Thanks to NetGallery and Crown Publishing for providing an advanced copy for an unbiased review.I love Krysten Ritter in Breaking bad and Jessica Jones so naturally I was excited to read this book. Sadly I was a little disappointed. Right away reading the book I felt like it had a very generic story line. It was the same story about a girl who leaves her hometown and then something causes her to come back.Now has to face all the people and proble...
  • Tara
    The more I read, the more I didn't want to put it down. I read about 2/3 of it just today. Abby has become an environmental lawyer, and is on a case back in her small hometown. She is haunted by the death of her childhood friend 10 years ago, and she starts to uncover corruption that is ties to people all over town. She doesn't know who to trust, and the suspense builds consistently throughout the story. **Read via NetGalley
  • Brittany
    "The past is a trick of the mind. It's a story we misunderstand over and over."Gritty. Addictive. Solid debut.Full review to be posted closer to the release date*ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • HopelessBookAddict
    OMG! Can you say awesome! I lovedddd this book! Krysten Ritter is an amazing actress and now an amazing author! I am so happy I got an arc of this book! Cannot wait to purchase the final copy in November :) 5.0 out of 5.0! 🔥
  • Kasa Cotugno
    Abby Williams returns home, although she was never comfortable in Barrens (great name) Indiana, and has forged a new life for herself as an environmental attorney in Chicago. Having thought she left Barrens in her rear view mirror, Abby finds old buttons being pushed, and memories and an almost too-wicked-to-be-believed big corporation threaten to unspool her completely. Flawed and not entirely reliable, Abby finds her focus shifting more and mor...
  • Reg Mars
    I was really looking forward to reading this book the moment I heard it was announced. I’m a big Breaking Bad and Jessica Jones fan. Plus I heard Krysten Ritter was inspired by Gillian Flynn, who is one of my favorite authors. So I was super intrigued and excited to finally get my hands on this book. Did I end up enjoying it as much as I hoped I would have? Not exactly…Right away reading the book I felt like it had a very generic story line. ...
  • Rozeltte
    I was amped to read it, but started regretting it about 9 chapters in. It had so much potential, but became one of those "I have to finish it because Wikipedia has no spoilers" scenarios.
  • ☘Tara Sheehan☘
    Krysten Ritter wrote a novel and the whole world just stopped in awe.I may be a bit biased because I think she’s amazing; she is the epitome of a Renaissance Woman. Admittedly when I first found out she wrote a book I was a bit nervous to read it because it’s so easy for established celebrities to get stuff published since the industry knows people in general will buy it based on the name and not whether it’s actually any good. Of course th...
  • Casey (caseyrosereads)
    Let me start by saying that I have a mega creative crush on Krysten Ritter. I loved her in Gilmore Girls, Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, and I can’t wait for more of Jessica Jones. I love that she knits, writes, and thanks to getting to hear her speak at BookCon, know that she says to as many creative projects that feel for fun for her. As far as her debut novel, it was a middle of the road read for me, 3.5 stars.For being a short boo...
  • Shayna
    I received an advance reader's copy of this book after attending Krysten's panel at BookCon on Sunday. I immediately started reading it on the bus ride back to DC. I finished it last night... just over a day to read it! That should tell you how sucked in I got by this story.I am an avid reader of mystery/suspense/thriller novels so I was so excited months ago when I found out one of my favorite actresses was writing a book in that genre. It didn'...
  • Elaine -
    I wasn't expecting to love this book so much! Bonfire is an unstoppable suspense novel that I had a hard time putting down. Don't get me wrong, I love Kristin Ritter! I've loved her since she was on Veronica Mars and then Breaking Bad, The B From Apartment 23, and Jessica Jones. I love her Instagram account and that she knits. She's so relatable and talented it seemed like she couldn't possibly also be an amazing author. I was wrong. She is also ...
  • Cheryl
    My thoughts on this book are not swayed by the fact that this book is written by an actor. In fact, I hold the same standards to celebrity authors as I do other authors. Having said this, I thought that Ms. Ritter did a good job of writing this book. I liked the concept for the story. There was something ominous about what was happening to people in town as well as what happened to Kaycee. Yet, I felt like the story needed a bigger punch. Being a...