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Bonfire by Krysten Ritter
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it was ok
bookshelves: 2019, not-a-fan, thriller

Well, this book didn't turn out the way that I thought. After reading so many glowing reviews, I thought that this book would be an easy thriller to enjoy during the winter. However, I was kind of wrong here.

First off, this book didn't feel like a thriller. There wasn't much suspense and I didn't feel like I was sitting at the edge of my seat. If anything, this is contemporary fiction with some bad stuff that happens. Allie, the main character, is an environmental lawyer who comes back to her hometown to investigate a huge corporation that might be dumping illegally into the town's water supply. However, because it's her hometown and she's got some past issues while growing up, it's not the best news to go back.

From that alone you can imagine that this book can get interesting. The story starts off with the premise above, but once Allie gets into her past then it just feels like someone rehashing the years she's been bullied by her ex-best friend. I mean, there were also two attempts at a love story here and it just felt forced. Couldn't they just have been friends? I mean, with the trajectory of the novel it doesn't make sense for the characters to just start making out with each other.

As the story goes on, it starts to get super messy and all of a sudden there's murder and missing people and a HUGE issue.

::Spoilers below::

I was honestly surprised by this ending not because I didn't see it coming but because I have no idea how it got there. Allie came to the town to investigate the water supply and it turns out that the same corporation is paying off the Vice Principal of the high school to target beautiful underage girls for pornographic imagery. WTF!? I honestly was like "wait what?! how did we get here?"

Maybe it was supposed to be a misdirection, but I also feel like Allie being an environmental lawyer puts her at a deep disadvantage of finding out the truth. How is someone who is trained as a lawyer and who wants to continue being a lawyer have such an eye for investigative police work? It just doesn't make sense.

The worst part is the whole town was involved. All these people who kept their mouths shut or were paid off to lie didn't have ANY issues with the fact that this company was exploiting their teenage daughters to disgusting rich men?! There are red flags everywhere and no one took a moment to speak up about it?

Things for Allie were also super easy. She'd recall memories when it made sense for her to recall those memories. Like "oh yes, there was mercury in the paint and that's why she was crazy." Like ok, how did you deduce that so quickly without any formal chemistry training?

I will admit that the person leading this whole disgusting mess was a surprise. I didn't see that coming, but also there were no clues. He was kind enough and played a bit character in the beginning of the novel. All fingers pointed to him, but his lack of involvement in the story made it confusing as to why it was him all along.

All in all, I found this story to be confusing but with a lot of potential. If Krysten Ritter had an editor that wasn't afraid to reorganize this book, make some changes to the characters and turn this into a pretty decent crime investigation, then you can get a good crime fiction novel out of it. But it's pretty messy with little to no direction and everything just kind of wraps up at the end. I was truly disappointed here and I'm sorry to the fans of Krysten Ritter's acting work. This was not my kind of book.
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Reading Progress

January 23, 2018 – Shelved
January 23, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
January 25, 2019 – Started Reading
January 27, 2019 – Shelved as: not-a-fan
January 27, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019
January 27, 2019 – Shelved as: thriller
January 27, 2019 – Finished Reading

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