Bonfire - Krysten Ritter

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Summary (from goodreads):
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's most high-profile company and economic heart, Abby begins to find strange connections to Barrens’ 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 Abby tries to find out what really happened to Kaycee, she unearths an even more disturbing secret—a ritual called “The Game,” which will threaten the reputations, and lives, of 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 miles, Bonfire is a dark exploration of the question: can you ever outrun your past?

Edition Read: Review copy from Netgalley
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Bit o Background:
Yes, this book is written by that Krysten Ritter.


I liked it. Not only did I consistantly want to find out what really happened to Kaycee, it also has some subtle PSAs sprinkled in. We need more books that address these specific problems.

However, it's not perfect. The conclusion undermines the bullying issues that are mentioned throughout. I don't believe that's the intent of the book. It just took on too many issues at the same time and tried to tie them together. It's admirable, but it doesn't work.

Why specifically it didn't work for me...
SPOILER (mouse over to reveal) [In the end it turns out the bullying that has been occurring for at least 10 years was not only funded by, but also the original idea of the Big Bad Business that moved into town. This bothers me because most bullying, especially the sort of taking nude/semi-nude pictures of young women without their permission and distributing them, has nothing to do with business and everything to do with bullying and general entitlement. 
No, the bullies are not left completely unpunished, but the end gives the impression that removing the Bad Business from town solves the problem. And that's not how these things work.]


The plot is a bit overreaching, but it's a solid thriller. If she's writing another book, I'd read it!

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