“ 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
“ 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 ”
“ In Abby Williams Ritter has created an appealingly feisty yet vulnerable heroin...An excellent debut ”
“ 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
“ A first-rate mystery resplendent with shadowy scenery, a tight plot and a lead character that is both fragile and strong ”
“ Dark but compulsively readable ”
“ 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 rather splendid legal and psychological thriller debut from an unexpected source… this a debut of note ”
Maxim Jabukowski, Crime Time
“ An increasingly dark debut from the star of Jessica Jones ”
“ A compulsive novel ”
“ This is a dark and gripping book that demands to be read in one sitting ”
“ A phenomenal, haunting debut ”
Gillian Flynn, bestselling author of Gone Girl
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November 9, 2017
My last year of high school, when Kaycee Mitchell and her friends got sick, my father had a bunch of theories.
“Those girls are bad news,” he said. “Nothing but trouble.” He took it as a matter of faith that they were being punished. To him, they deserved what they got.
Kaycee was the first. This made sense. She was the first to do everything: lose her virginity, try a cigarette, throw a party.
Kaycee walked in front of her friends, like an alpha wolf leading the pack. In the cafeteria, she decided where to sit and the others followed; if she ate her lunch, the rest did, too; if she pushed her food around on her tray or just ate a bag of Swedish Fish, her friends did the same.
Misha was the meanest and the loudest one.
But Kaycee was the leader.
So when she got sick, we, the senior girls of Barrens High, weren’t horrified or disturbed or worried.
We were jealous.
We all secretly hoped we’d be next.Continue Reading