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  • Published: 15 October 2018
  • ISBN: 9781786090164
  • Imprint: Windmill Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $19.99


The debut thriller from the star of Jessica Jones

From actress, producer, and writer, Krysten Ritter, a gripping, tightly-wound suspense novel about a woman forced to confront her past in the wake of small-town corruption.

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

Kaycee Mitchell died. And everyone has been lying about it. For years.

Ten years ago, Abby Williams left her hometown behind. Ever since, she has tried her best to forget the past. The sinister ‘Game’; the merciless bullying; the night of the bonfire, when The Game stopped.

Most of all, she wants to forget Kaycee Mitchell.

But now Abby must return home. Her task at hand: to investigate Optimal Plastics, the corporation that forms the backbone of the small town. A successful environmental lawyer, she swears things will be different. She is older. Sophisticated. Confident. But once she begins digging, the memories start creeping back and as past and present collide, the investigation turns deadly.

How far would you go to keep the past hidden?

'Packed with suspense ... This portrait of small-town life by Breaking Bad and Jessica Jones actress is spot on.' Daily Mail

'Excellent ... an appealingly feisty yet vulnerable heroine.' The Times

  • Pub date: 15 October 2018
  • ISBN: 9781786090164
  • Imprint: Windmill Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

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.

Praise for Bonfire

“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

“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

“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”


“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”


“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 phenomenal, haunting debut”

Gillian Flynn, bestselling author of Gone Girl

“A compelling psychological thriller”

Harper's Bazaar

“Impressive, suspenseful.”

Choice Magazine

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