Arc Review: Bonfire By Krysten Ritter


Bonfire By Krysten Ritter

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction, and Suspense
Pages: 368 pages
Published: November 9th 2017
Publisher: Hutchinson
My Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars

Plot: Should you ever go back?

It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all visible 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 most high-profile company and economic heart, Abby begins to find strange connections to Barrens’ biggest scandal from more than a decade ago involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her closest friends—just before Kaycee disappeared for good.

Abby knows the key to solving any case lies in the weak spots, the unanswered questions. But as Abby tries to find out what really happened to Kaycee, she unearths an even more disturbing secret—a ritual called “The Game,” which will threaten the reputations, and lives, of the community and risk exposing a darkness that may consume her.

With tantalizing twists, slow-burning suspense, and a remote, rural town of just five claustrophobic miles, Bonfire is a dark exploration of the question: can you ever outrun your past?

My Review: I was really looking forward to reading this book the moment I heard it was announced. I’m a big Breaking Bad and Jessica Jones fan. Plus I heard Krysten Ritter was inspired by Gillian Flynn, who is one of my favorite authors. So I was super intrigued and excited to finally get my hands on this book. Did I end up enjoying it as much as I hoped I would have? Not exactly…

Right away reading the book I felt like it had a very generic story line. I feel this is a story that I’ve heard a bunch of times with no real twist to it. It was the same old girl leaves her hometown and then something causes her to come back and she now has to face all the people and problems from her past. There wasn’t anything that really jumped out at me that made it unique. I read the whole story but I was never dying to know what was going to happen. I also didn’t really find anything to be very shocking. It ended up reminding me a lot of All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda.

I do have to say I only really enjoyed the ending but I felt that was kinda rushed. I feel everything happened so quickly and then it got solved pretty fast. I wanted a little bit more out of it. I felt it should have lasted longer. I also didn’t find it all that shocking. I feel like it’s the most obvious outcome you could give which is a shame because I always enjoy a good twist.

Overall I feel I ended up over hyping this book for myself. It wasn’t what I expected at all. I was pretty let down by the main story and the conclusion didn’t shock me as much as I had hoped. I am happy I ended up getting a copy of this early because I was really looking forward to reading it. It is a shame I didn’t like it like I hoped I would but it happens. I most likely would attempt to read another book by Krysten Ritter if she writes another.

What books by celebrities have you read that you enjoyed? What books by celebrities have you read and not enjoyed? I would love to hear from you guys!


7 thoughts on “Arc Review: Bonfire By Krysten Ritter

  1. Aw man, sorry it wasn’t to your liking 😞 I’m a huge Jessica Jones fan as well, so I was considering checking it out! Maybe not now? Lol mystery isn’t really my thing anyway… And ooh surprisingly I’ve never read anything by a celebrity 😲 Are there any books you recommend?


    1. I feel if you want to check it out you should! I can see mystery not being your thing working out in your favor. I mainly didn’t like it because it felt like it was something I read so many times before but if you’re just not into them then it may not be for you. I’ve read a couple of books by celebrities and I have to say a lot of celebrity autobiographies are fun. I highly recommend if possible listening to the audiobook because they’re usually read by the celebrity. I really enjoyed Amy Poehler’s, Bryan Cranston’s, Mindy Kaling’s, and Tina Fey’s. If you like any of those people I highly recommend their book.

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      1. Ah that’s true!! 😲 I can totally understand that 👍🏼 Maybe I will still check it out then?
        Ooh yes I’ve just started reading biographies and memoirs this year, and I’ve loved everything I’ve tried so far, so those work for me 😄👌🏼 And I actually just bought Mindy Kaling’s the other week, so I guess I’ll start there! (Great list of people by the way–love them all and will be checking them out at some point!)

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  2. I’m always so iffy about spin off things, like the Richard Castle books were really bad and a couple ones I’ve read by celebrities. I haven’t even heard about this one until today. I’m sorry you didn’t like it 😦


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