Bonnie Kistler’s Heart-Wrenching New Novel: House on Fire


“Evocative writing and wholly realized characters complement a multifaceted tale that’s both harrowing and profound.” —Kirkus

“Relatable and thought-provoking. . . Readers who enjoyed Ian McEwan’s The Children Act (2014) and especially Emily Giffin’s All We Ever Wanted (2018) should be guided toward this absorbing read, which deftly examines the meaning and strength of family bonds and forgiveness. Kistler is a promising new voice in the legal-mystery world.” —Booklist

“This is an instantly compelling and compulsively readable novel, and I would not be surprised to see Kistler achieve the same level of fame as LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE author Celeste Ng.” —

“Kistler has a clear mastery of the legal drama but also a deft touch with complicated family dynamics and the tightening noose of a trauma that refuses all efforts at a cut-and-dry solution.” —, which named House on Fire as one of the most anticipated crime reads of 2019

“A nuanced and compelling story of a family in crisis. Kistler handles a tragedy and the questions that swirl around it with a depth that will take your breath away and have you asking yourself—what would I do? Outstanding!” —Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke, bestselling authors of The Good Widow and Girls’ Night Out

“Bonnie Kistler captures the madness of losing a child with profound  understanding in House on Fire. My anxiety rose with each page…, but somehow Kistler manages to hold the reader’s exploding heart safe as this gut-wrenching story unfolds. I lived inside this novel with every word.” —Randy Susan Meyers, bestselling author of The Widow of Wall Street

House on Fire named one of 30 Must-Read Books of 2019 —PopSugar 


In the bestselling tradition of Jodi Picoult and Celeste Ng, a tightly wound and suspenseful novel about a blended family in crisis after a drunk driving accident leaves the daughter of one parent dead—and the son of the other parent charged with manslaughter.

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Bonnie Kistler

About Bonnie

Bonnie Kistler is a former Philadelphia trial lawyer. She spent her law career in private practice with major law firms and successfully tried cases in federal and state courts across the country, as well as teaching writing skills to other lawyers and lectured frequently to professional organizations and industry groups. She and her husband now live in Florida and the mountains of western North Carolina. They have two daughters.

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