If you’re anything like me then you’ve already arranged to receive notifications each time the Dark Places author tweets anything new. Mostly in hopes of an announcement of the writer’s forthcoming follow-up to her widely-acclaimed 2012 paperback, Gone Girl, which has kept fans longing for more since Flynn began an unprecedented, years-long hiatus. Of course, it isn’t really a hiatus, that’s just me being passive aggressive.
Flynn hasn’t been slacking around all these years as we’ve waited with bated breath for her next move. No, she’s been scribbling together other creative projects, like an HBO drama series based on her first novel, Sharp Objects; a drama film called Widows with Steve McQueen and starring Viola Davis; and at work on a rewrite of Shakespeare‘s classic Hamlet which doesn’t arrive for another few years, sadly. (*sobs*)
Until then, I’ve taken delight in watching Flynn’s Twitter feed, and to my surprise, she emerged with a book recommendation akin to her lauded Gone Girl: Krysten Ritter‘s Bonfire.
— Gillian Flynn (@TheGillianFlynn) December 18, 2017
“Wow, @Krystenritter you kinda KILLED that whole first-novel thing.” Flynn writes in the caption of an image shows the author nose-deep into Ritter’s book wearing her spiffy reading specs. “CONGRATS! #weeklyread #bonfire.”
The famed writer also took her admiration to Facebook on Tuesday (December 19) to express her love of Ritter’s exciting debut.
ICYMI: The author, who is better known for her on-screen performances on shows like Jessica Jones and Breaking Bad, made her badass breakout this November with her first novel, Bonfire, a story of a lawyer named Abby Williams, who, in her effort to rid her memory of her native Indiana, is pulled back to her origins after a case surrounding the disappearance of a popular girl from Abby’s childhood emerges.
Here’s an official synopsis of the book, courtesy of Goodreads:
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?
Ritter’s novel sounds very much like Flynn’s own premiere, Sharp Objects, in which the protagonist, too, is made to confront the demons of the home life she tries diligently to vanquish from her memory. If anything, Flynn’s praise signals the arrival of a fascinating new talent with Ritter’s first go.
Luckily for me, I already own a copy and I’m more pumped than ever to crack it open!