Snark Squad Pod #005 – Bonfire with Rincey Abraham

Previously: We took a break from specific media to talk about Chosen Ones with Ceri Riley!

Marines: Welcome back, friends! This continues to be a really exciting time around Traumaland and I’m sorry if we’ve now said that a million times to you, but we are really excited about this project. Thank you so much for your support and we appreciate you all taking time to listen, subscribe, share and comment!

This week, we’re talking about actress Krysten Ritter’s debut novel, Bonfire. To join us in this discussion, we invited our friend Rincey, who in addition to having some of the best and most consistent content on BookTube, is a regular contributor on BookRiot and their podcast Read or Dead. (She also took me to eat phenomenal doughnuts in Chicago and for that I will forever be grateful.) We’re real lucky to have her and we hope you enjoy us trying to decide how much we liked this book and how much we actually just like Jessica Jones:

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As always, thank you to Stefan Chin for our delightful theme music.

For those of you watching and reading along, here is our planned upcoming media in the order they’ll be released: Midnight Texas, After Dark, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time, Marvel’s Runaways and Atomic Blonde.

Finally, here is this episode’s media mentioned:

Jessica Jones
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Erin Brockovich
Veronica Mars
The Fever by Megan Abbot


See you next week!


Marines (all posts)

I'm a 20-something south Floridan who loves the beach but cannot swim. Such is my life, full of small contradictions and little trivialities. My main life goals are never to take life too seriously, but to do everything I attempt seriously well. After that, my life goals devolve into things like not wearing pants and eating all of the Zebra Cakes in the world. THE WORLD.


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  • Terrible_Person

    I haven’t read Bonfire, but from what you’re saying, Krysten Ritter seems to have been somewhat inspired by both of Paula Hawkins’ novels. You mentioned The Girl on the Train, but there are some Into the Water elements there as well. The main character going back to a small town that holds unhappy memories from her childhood, the feeling of everyone in the town having some secrets (this one may just be because it’s a mystery/thriller) and the themes of abuse, at least. Not really a criticism of Bonfire, just interesting to note the similarities to other recent books.