Bonfire by Krysten Ritter.
So, this book was not planned. I had never heard of it before a few months ago, but I love the TV show Jessica Jones (do recommend if you haven’t seen, it’s a great show.) and while watching season two, I learned that the star of the show just published her first book. And when I went down to the book store to pick up a new batch of books (I like to shop locally and support this independent book shop) the owner recommended it to me.
So, here we are.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect, as a lot of times, actors ghost write or in general, are not that good at writing? So I went into this book completely blank.
Bonfire is the story about a women named Abby Williams, who is a environmental lawyer that grew up in a small town and got out as fast as she could. Until a case brings her back home and stirs up a decade old mystery.
This book is not bad by any means. Kyrsten Ritter can write and it shows here. While I wouldn’t say she is the best author I’ve ever seen, this is pretty good. Her writing style is sharp and to the point. I like that.
One of the (small) issues I had with this book is this character, Abby, feels almost exactly like the character Ritter plays on Jessica Jones. Changes the name, get rid of the superpowers and a bit of the backstory and boom, they are the same. This isn’t a bad thing, as both are very good characters and well written, but I had a hard time separating them in my mind. I wish there was something that would make Abby less like Jessica.
The only issue I really had with the plot was something happened to a girl a decade ago. She’s supposedly missing. When we find out what happened to her (near the end of the book, I won’t spoil it) it didn’t really matter to me. There wasn’t enough character development for me to care about her. Abby goes on and on about how this girl was so mean to her in high school, so I didn’t sympathize with her when I learned the twist. This is a bit of an issue.
Other then that, I did like this book. It’s pretty short (like 280 pages) so I read it very quickly and enjoyed it. I’m not sure if I would go back and reread it, but I would recommend it.
Have you read Bonfire? What did you think?
7.5 out of 10.