When we first meet Abby Williams, the fierce heroine of Krysten Ritter’s highly anticipated novel Bonfire, she is driving along a deserted Midwestern highway, returning to her rural hometown of Barrens, Indiana, regretting her homecoming with every passing mile.
Eager to escape the legacy of her troubled childhood, Abby has spent the past ten years distancing herself from her small-town upbringing as she worked her way through law school and as an associate at a Chicago environmental law firm. But soon she will find everything she has built at risk of collapse as she unearths new twists in a dark mystery from her childhood that has long plagued her - a scandal from more than a decade ago involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her closest friends, which ended in Kaycee's disappearance.
I swore, many times, that I would never go home. But now I know better... Barrens has its roots in me. If I want it gone forever, I’ll have to cut them out myself
As she grapples with both confronting the family and community she has ignored for so long, Abby begins to find strange connections between the town's most high-profile company, Optimal Plastics, and the events surrounding Kaycee's disappearance.
In her attempt to find out what really happened to Kaycee, troubling memories resurface and Abby begins to doubt her own observations. And then she unearths an even more disturbing secret that has been buried by Barrens — a ritual called “The Game”, which will threaten the reputations and lives of the community.
With tantalizing twists and slow-burning suspense, Abby's story is a dark exploration of what happens when your past and present collide in a remote, rural town spanning five claustrophobic miles.
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'Dark, disturbing, and compulsively readable’ Ruth Ware, bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10
Nothing burns as bright as the truth.
It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all 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 economic heart, she begins to find strange connections to a decade-old scandal involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her friends—just before Kaycee disappeared for good.
But as Abby tries desperately to find out what happened to Kaycee, troubling memories begin to resurface and she begins to doubt her own observations. And when she unearths an even more disturbing secret, her search threatens the reputations, and lives, of the community and risks exposing a darkness that may consume her.
With tantalizing twists, slow-burning suspense, and a remote, rural town of five claustrophobic miles, Bonfire is a dark exploration of what happens when your past and present collide.
'In Abby Williams Ritter has created an appealingly feisty yet vulnerable heroine...An excellent debut' The Times
'Packed with suspense and moves at a cracking pace...Ritter is spot on. Abby makes a terrific, kickass heroine who you'll root for all the way' Daily Mail
'Dark but compulsively readable' Image Magazine