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Review: Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

Title: Bonfire
Author: Krysten Ritter
Edition: E-book
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 288
Source: NetGalley/ Crown Publishing
Publication Date: Nov 7, 2017
Rating: 3.5/5


Ten years after her high school graduation Abby Williams, now an environmental lawyer, returns to her hometown of Barrens, Indiana to investigate environmental concerns connected with a major corporation, Optimal, that has since come to town.  She has spent these past ten years trying to forget the horrible high school bullies lead by her former best friend Kaycee, who disappeared on graduation day.  Before Kaycee disappeared she and the other bullies came down with an illness that baffled the town.  Immediately following Kaycee disappearance, however, the other bullies admitted they were faking the illness the whole time.  Abby is determined not only to uncover any corruption associated with Optimal, but to find any links between this new case and the disappearance of  Kaycee ten years ago.

When I heard that Krysten Ritter was writing a book I must admit I was intrigued.  I really liked her in Breaking Bad and am liking her as Jessica Jones, but was wondering how she would be as a writer.  When I read the plot of the book, however, I grew even more interested as I found out she was not only writing a mystery/thriller but that her main character is an environmental lawyer.  This is of particular interest to me because I am a chemist working in environmental laboratory testing water for heavy metals. 

Bonfire is a solid, gritty thriller following two separate mysteries.  One thing that I really appreciate is when a book does not leave a story line hanging where I don’t get a conclusion, and Bonfire did a nice job at bringing all the story lines together at the end.  The twisty plot and unreliable narrator made for an enjoyable read.  I look forward to reading more from her.

Thank you to NetGalley and Crown Publishing for the advanced copy.

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