The possibilities seemed endless, which made it all the more exciting, since possibilities are so much more thrilling than certainties — or so I’ve always thought.
Title: The Grave’s A Fine & Private Place: A Flavia De Luce Mystery
Author: Alan Bradley
Page Count: 363 pages
Genre: Mystery // Fiction
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Doubleday Canada, an imprint of Penguin Random House
Release Date: January 30, 2018
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
Flavia is enjoying the summer, spending her days punting along the river with her reluctant family.
Languishing in boredom, she drags a slack hand in the water, and catches her fingers in the open mouth of a drowned corpse.
Brought to shore, the dead man is found to be dressed in blue silk with ribbons at the knee, and wearing a single red ballet slipper.
Flavia needs to put her super-sleuthing skills to the test to investigate the murder of three gossips in the local church, and to keep her sisters out of danger.
But what could possibly connect the son of an executed killer, a far too canny police constable, a travelling circus, and the publican’s mysteriously talented wife?
My immediate reaction to this book was YES, KRYSTEN RITTER WROTE A BOOK! And when I realized it was actually fiction and not a memoir like many celebrities tend to lean towards I was even more excited. My first experience with Ritter as an actress was in Gilmore Girls, a side character. Second experience was watching her in Don’t Trust The B**** In Apt 23, and finally my favourite role of hers was Jessica Jones. That performance was amazing and so unlike anything she’s done before I absolutely loved it! I knew when I saw that she had written Bonfire we’d experience some of the grittiness of Jessica in this book. And it worked! And I loved it! Read on for reasons why Bonfire should be your next read!
1. The main character!
Abby is strong, complicated and although unreliable at times you find yourself rooting for her the entire way. Think Jessica Jones without the super powers.
2. The town of Barrens.
A small town full of mystery, suspense, hidden secrets and disappearances. I loved the backdrop of this book and the dark, gritty tone.
3. The mystery of the disappearance of Kaycee.
Now this was one of the focal points of the plot. A girl goes missing out of high school and no one has heard from her in over 10 years. Abby haunted by this returns to the town to uncover the truth.
Ritter did such a great job fleshing out Abby’s growth and the mystery surrounding the town. Her fresh take on suspense is excellent and I loved the flow of her writing. Looking forward to her next book!
**Thank you Penguin Canada for sending me a finished copy! It was such a compelling read.**