Abby Williams is an environmental lawyer who's returned to her tiny hometown to investigate possible contamination by a plastics company with a whole lot of influence in Barrens, Indiana. Abby Williams is an environmental lawyer who's returned to her tiny hometown to investigate possible contamination by a plastics company with a whole lot of influence in Barrens, Indiana. I wasn't sure what to expect, from just the synopsis, which suggested mystery thriller, political, and possibly also science fiction elements. The first 120 pages doesn't even delve deep into the mystery, but more about the central characters. Abby knows the key to solving any case lies in the weak spots, the unanswered questions.
Okay, so there is some actual work involved too. I really enjoyed this book and was satisfied I requested it through NetGalley. I got sucked into this story right away, finding it very hard a put down. She is so sweet and funny! Probably one of the best celebrity-penned novels I have read. Abby finds herself confronted by ghosts from the past, from the meanest girl, Mischa, who is now Vice Principal at Barren High School to her father who is a shadow of his former self. I was introduced to this book through Book of the Month Club which, if you aren't a member of, you should be - although I didn't select it in the month it was first offered, I ultimately got it in a later box after seeing it everywhere! I will watch anything she is in. A town willing to do almost anything, including sweeping evidence of scandal under the carpet, to save Optimal Plastic, sets up a tense and ugly tug of war for Abby, who is also being courted by a crowd of people that shunned her back in high school, while also receiving a few veiled threats.
We have the recycled trope of the main character, who is an environmentalist lawyer, going back to her hometown and diving deep in the secrets of the past while sol Your problem, Abby, isn't that you can't draw. The synopsis is key in making my decision. Is there a connection to K's dad or was that a red herring? I realize this is a debut and I admire the author for stepping out of the acting role and writing a book. When you see a famous person crossing over into a medium they are not known for, you worry it could be cringe-worthy or a total disaster. Her courage and tenacity is a substantial aspect of the book for me. The story is told from the point of view of the main character and is set in the small town of Barrens, Indiana. I thought it felt like Abby was sitting next to me, telling me her story.
NetGalley and Crown Publishing provided me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. I quickly grabbed this title when I saw it was suspense and didn't pay much attention to the blurb. I liked the writing style in the book. She was able to eventually come to terms with her past in circumstances where it would be easier to just move on and leave it alone. Every element combined to make this a truly unforgettable story, if not a perfectly unique one. The story suffered from tackling too many plot lines and could have benefitted from narrowing the focus and delving deeper into one or two. This book exceeded my expectations! The whole book is told from Abby's point of view, so the reader is in Abby's head the whole time.
Two different ratings for each half of the book. It's that you can't see. They were so obviously shady that I had almost convinced myself they were a glaring red herring. But I'll still be on the lookout for Krysten Ritter's future work; I'm excited to see where she takes us next Jessica Jones badass smirk insert here. Barrens is full of bad memories for Abby, but her relationship with the town and people in it is unresolved, which is why this troubling pollution case is important to her. Traveling Sisters Review also can be found on our sister blog: Bonfire by Krysten Ritter is a 2017 Crown Archetype publication. Well, let me tell you: so many damn things.
She has been gone for ten years but remembers all the horrible things that had happened to her while growing up Barrens Indiana. This time she wants answers to the past, only to find that the past looms large in the present. Side note: The book takes place in Indiana. But I love how it ended for Abby, on a very independent note. Her best friend and the two interns are pretty great, and maybe could've used more time on the pages. Of course, all her ghosts come back to haunt her, unfinished business, old acquaintances who were not friends but now seem to want to be, and a mystery, a girl who had supposedly left town, a girl who had once been her friend. Once Kaycee's friends admit their illness was a hoax, she goes missing never to be seen agian.
It didn't feel forced or convenient like a lot of thrillers do. Memories are like fire, and need only a little oxygen to grow. Abby hasn't been home in ten years, not since her friend-turned-bully disappeared just after graduation. Abby makes many tenuous connections between some clue - that fell into her lap - and the truth, whilst jumping to conclusions that I doubt anyone would have made. If she was so involved back then why didn't she know more of the secrets? So, if you like female leads, this is for you! What could possibly go wrong? Abby Williams is an environmental lawyer that returns to her childhood town to investigate the area's most important company: Optimal Plastics.
Either way, this is good stuff, not just some indulgent vanity project. All I knew is that Barrens broke something inside of me. Unfortunately, though, I found to have a recycled plot that lacked a certain juicy nastiness I like in my thrillers. Different days of the week she has different men in her bed but she feels all alone. She is clearly drinking to much and this might just be spiraling out of control! So I had approached this as I would any hyped thriller with an enticingly fiery cover. Not only is written by the awesome and sexy Krysten Ritter, it was fantastic. Marvel heroes, books, and real life mix; readers get a dazzling result!! She remembers the cruelty of her fellow students especially her former best friend Kaycee Williams.
How is Optimal, the savior of the town involved, and how will she get people to believe her now that she dredges up one conspiracy theory after another? The locals, however, are fiercely resistant. Through memories of the past and current events a vicious tale of corruption and betrayal is told. Either way, this is good stuff, not just some indulgent vanity project. She wants to do right by her childhood friend, Kaycee, even though Kaycee is a less than admirable character. Everyone is so sketchy in some way, aside from her coworkers.
There is a moment at the climax of the novel which is easily the most thrilling of the whole book, and it was my favourite part, but the culprit will come as a surprise to few. Abby is a strong, yet unreliable narrator. I was lost in the weedy and woody murky coulee with two of my Traveling Sisters as we read Bonfire. Check her blog out and show her some love! It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all visible evidence of her small town roots. Should you ever go back? Trang is an awesome blogger and new friend! I felt it was realistic yet quite hopeful. Was interesting, good, a little different but could have been better without the exploding second half.