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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.

'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 . . . An extraordinary debut from a major talent’
Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter

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.

Reviews

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

Daily Mail

In Abby Williams Ritter has created an appealingly feisty yet vulnerable heroin...An excellent debut

The Times

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

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 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

Glamour

A compulsive novel

Grazia

This is a dark and gripping book that demands to be read in one sitting

Culture Fly

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9781786331038

    November 13, 2017

    Hutchinson

    RRP $29.99

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  • Hardback

    9781786331021

    November 15, 2017

    Hutchinson

    RRP $35.00

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  • EBook

    9781473543867

    November 9, 2017

    Cornerstone Digital

    368 pages

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Extract

Prologue


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.

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