Thursday 11 January 2018

BONFIRE by Krysten Ritter

BonfireBonfire by Krysten Ritter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I borrowed this from the library last Friday and couldn't wait to read it. As soon as I started, I was hooked. Abby's voice drew me in as much as the story.

Abby Williams left Barrens ten years ago and never looked back, but she never forgot the nightmarish things that happened while growing up in this shitty town. Never forgot the pain of losing her mother, how much she hated her father, or that her childhood best friend was a sociopath.

Now she lives in Chicago, has her own life and is an environmental lawyer. She left all the baggage behind, in the past, so she can concentrate on the future.

When a case takes her back to Barrens, a small town in Indiana, to investigate the town's lifeline, Optimal Plastics, everything she's done to distance herself from this place starts to fall apart. She doesn't just stumble on an environmental water issue, but into a disturbing cover-up that can be traced all the way back to the old friend who disappeared...

Wow. Krysten Ritter is a woman of many talents. Not only do I love her portrayal of Jessica Jones, but she's a hell of a writer!

This book turned out to be an amazing, and totally addictive experience. It had all the things that are guaranteed to grab my interest: a damaged lost woman with a whole lot of unrealised strength, a small town with seriously dark secrets, paranoia, not being able to trust anyone, a romantic entanglement with its own risks, and a web of mystery I couldn't wait to untangle.

The writing is solid. The voice so raw it sometimes edges on surreal. The town feels so dirty that the filth practically jumps off the page. And the mystery at the heart of everything didn't disappoint.

Excellent book! This is a slow-burn thriller with page-turning suspense. I couldn't put it down.

I LOVED this book. I really hope this author writes many more.

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