I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. A few cliché suspense tropes throughout, but all in all not bad at all for a first novel, especially coming from someone who is an average-at-best actress (front, back and side covers want you to be very aware that she is actress, but if you don't recognize the name or picture, don't worry, she's not that important. She's best known for being the quirky nameless sidekick/sidechick from that cheesy movie about a thing with some people in a situation that you saw a few years ago that your wife liked but you thought was just okay). I digress. Anyway, the book was decent and kept me guessing as to what was really going on. The sideplot with her father generated genuine emotions for me. Completed 11/9/18.
In my opinion, this book was only published because it was written by Krysten Ritter. It's a not-so-great thriller where the "twist" is obvious from about 1/3 of the way through. The added violence just serves as a reminder that this book is aiming more for shock value than valuable story. I was really disappointed but I also hope that Ritter takes in feedback on this novel and continues to write. The premise, as it was, sounded good - the execution faltered. Hopefully her second book has more depth to it.
I know Gone Girl was the big breakout bestseller, but I always had a soft spot for Gillian Flynn's earlier books, about troubled women returning to a disturbing childhood hometown and uncovering buried secret. And Bonfire feels very much of a piece with those, and books by Jennifer McMahon, so if you're a fan of those, you're in for a treat. And hey, as a Jessica Jones, Veronica Mars, and Breaking Bad fan, it was kinda cool to see that Krysten Ritter could hold her own as a writer, too! Some great turns of phrase helped liven up the dark subject matter.
Not a good book. Weak writing. Uninteresting character. The plot may be twisty, but it's really hard to care without writing or characters.
I read this for the "A Book You've Been Meaning To Read" part of my 2018 reading challenge. I mostly enjoyed this book, the twists kept me on edge but I found the finale still had some loose ends. It was a good thriller/mystery, fast paced, but kind of a generic storyline.
This one builds slowly, but the last 75 pages are easy to rip through, as things start to fall into place. I enjoyed it!
Fast read but a bit too heavy on the suspense tropes.
Decent mystery thriller, and good for a debut novel.
A really good legal thriller/mystery with a main character who is a hot mess. Much better than I was expecting and quite timely, where you have a corporation who buys a small town and is trying to hide many sins....
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