BOOK REVIEW: Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

‘NOTHING BURNS AS BRIGHT AS THE TRUTH’

Some of you may already be swooning and adoring fan of the actress, Krysten Ritter. If so, you’re probably not going to need to read this review to decide whether to give it a read or not. However, if you are as unaware of the ‘Jessica Jones’ and ‘Breaking Bad’ star as I was, I promise you, you’ll join the swooners after reading her debut novel… Recently released in November 2017, Ritter has created something mind blowing.

I must admit, prior to starting I was apprehensive over what the quality of the story would be like, as she doesn’t come from a literary background, but oh my word, the writing and construction of this novel is insane…

Set in Barrens, Indiana, Abby Williams returns to her home town for the first time since graduation 10 years ago. Apprehensive of seeing old faces, she regularly interrupts the story with memories of the very reason she left in the first place; Kaycee Mitchell and her band of followers. Abby now works as an environmental lawyer sent to investigate some of the suspicious activity going on around the Barrens prized and beloved company, Optimal plastics. She soon begins to notice that Optimal may have more to do with the town than just water contamination, but with the biggest scandal Barrens ever saw, right before Kaycee disappeared…

Call me a bias 20-year-old woman that is a sucker for a good crime/thriller/romance all smushed into one, but I can’t even count how many emotions this book made me feel. Is it too cliché to say that I couldn’t put it down? I took the novel everywhere with me, finding moments to read on because I just had to know how one page progressed to the next. In the end it left me sat stunned around 2am unable to comprehend how everything said in this book had its place and all the subplots found their way to become part of the shockingly conclusion… If it’s not too bold a statement, it has the most satisfying end to a book I’ve ever read!

Ritter’s narration was really well done. We have a bird’s eye view into Abby’s thought process, which naturally makes us root for her character; however, when Abby begins to doubt her own memories and is contradicted by others, we start to question just how reliable she is…until the end, we never have a clear understanding of what is truly going on. There is so much going on that, it doesn’t confuse you, but there is too much choice to make a wild stab who or what is to blame…it was unpredictable, every time you felt somewhere comfortable the rug was yanked out beneath you! But I love stories that keep me on my toes.

There’s not much more I can say without giving up the whole story, but if you’re a fan of dark stories filled with suspense, teenage angst, frustration and a blummin’ good plot twist, this is definitely a story dedicate time to.

I am really looking forward to seeing what Krysten Ritter brings out next!

Bonfire is published by Hutchinson and is available here.

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Krysten Ritter

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KRYSTEN RITTER is well known for her starring roles in the award winning Netflix original series, Jessica Jones, and cult favourite, 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 EyesListen Up PhilipLife HappensConfessions 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.

Reviewed by Marika Lomax

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