Bonfire : The debut thriller from the star of Jessica Jones

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'A phenomenal, haunting debut' Gillian Flynn, bestselling author of Gone Girl

'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.

The first novel from the star of Marvel's Jessica Jones and Breaking Bad


'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
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 28mm | 524g
  • Hutchinson
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1786331020
  • 9781786331021
  • 149,405

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A phenomenal, haunting debut -- Gillian Flynn, bestselling author of Gone Girl I burned through Krysten Ritter's hugely accomplished debut. Bonfire is dark, disturbing, and compulsively readable. * Ruth Ware, bestselling author of IN A DARK, DARK WOOD and THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 * In Abby Williams Ritter has created an appealingly feisty yet vulnerable heroin...An excellent debut * The Times * The plot is packed with suspense and moves at a cracking pace. This portrait of small- town life by Breaking Bad and Jessica Jones actress Ritter is spot on. Abby makes a terrific, kickass heroine who you'll root for all the way * Daily Mail * A first-rate mystery resplendent with shadowy scenery, a tight plot and a lead character that is both fragile and strong * Washington Post * Bonfire is a stone-cold stunner-the writing is dazzling, the suspense is creeping, and the story of a woman returning home to face her past is brimming with emotion and truth. An extraordinary debut from a major talent. -- Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of DARK MATTER An increasingly dark debut from the star of Jessica Jones * Glamour * Dark but compulsively readable * Image Magazine * Abby's voice captivates from the beginning and sustains throughout...Ritter ramps up the unreliability factor and keeps readers guessing with hairpin twists that shift the blame * The Irish Times * A compulsive novel * Grazia * This is a dark and gripping book that demands to be read in one sitting * Culture Fly * A rather splendid legal and psychological thriller debut from an unexpected source... this a debut of note -- Maxim Jabukowski * Crime Time * A compelling psychological thriller * Harper's Bazaar * Impressive, suspenseful. * Choice Magazine *
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About Krysten Ritter

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 Eyes, Listen Up Philip, Life Happens, Confessions 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.
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21,257 ratings
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4 39% (8,187)
3 36% (7,653)
2 9% (1,911)
1 2% (402)
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