By: Erin Young
Publication Date: 01/25/2022
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
My Rating: 4 Stars
A breakneck procedural that is beautifully written and masterfully crafted, Erin Young's The Fields is a dynamite debut―crime fiction at its very finest.
Some things don't stay buried.
It starts with a body―a young woman found dead in an Iowa cornfield, on one of the few family farms still managing to compete with the giants of Big Agriculture.
When Sergeant Riley Fisher, newly promoted to head of investigations for the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office, arrives on the scene, an already horrific crime becomes personal when she discovers the victim was a childhood friend, connected to a dark past she thought she’d left behind.
The investigation grows complicated as more victims are found. Drawn deeper in, Riley soon discovers implications far beyond her Midwest town.
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“Fast, smart and authentic. Riley Fisher is a bold new character on the crime scene, grounding this eerie and engaging thriller. The Fields is one of the best procedurals I’ve read in a good long while.”
―Ace Atkins, New York Times bestselling author of The Heathens
"The Fields is my favorite sort of novel: the sharp prose and explosive plot immediately drew me in, but the richly textured exploration of life in rural America stayed with me long after I finished. I hope to see more of Sergeant Riley Fisher, the novel's dynamic female protagonist. This is a classic crime series in the making."
―Cristina Alger, New York Times bestselling author of Girls Like Us
“This is superb. Dark, immersive and seriously gripping. Hints of True Detective & The Silence of the Lambs.”
―Will Dean, author of The Last Thing to Burn
“Young delivers a disturbing, twist-riddled thriller stocked with well-drawn characters.” ―Publishers Weekly
“What could be more all-American than a small town amid rolling fields of corn? But when a woman’s body is found in those same fields, the dark truth beneath that wholesome image begins to emerge.... From potential serial-killer investigation to high stakes political intrigue... The Fields is an impressive debut.” ―Mystery & Suspense
About the Author
ERIN YOUNG is the pseudonym of acclaimed historical novelist, Robyn Young, author of eight internationally bestselling novels. She has been published in 19 languages in 22 countries, selling two million books worldwide. She lives and writes in Brighton, England.
Erin Young’s debut thriller, The Fields, was inspired by an article she read about the menacing power of Big Agriculture. A decision to set the novel in Iowa, corn-capital of the world, led her to make a fascinating journey across the state – from chance encounters with cops and farmers, and an audience with a local mayor, to shooting Glocks and getting caught in supercell storms.
Having grown up in a fishing village in Devon, Erin feels drawn to the claustrophobic dramas of rural small-towns and the secrets they hide. WEBSITE
ERIN ALSO WRITES HISTORICAL FICTION AS ROBYN YOUNG
Robyn’s first novels, The Brethren Trilogy, set during the crusades and following the story of Knight Templar, Will Campbell, became an international success, published in 21 countries in 19 languages, selling over 2 million copies. She was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller. Robyn went on to write the highly acclaimed Insurrection Trilogy, which tells the story of Robert Bruce and his struggles against King Edward I of England. Her latest series, New World Rising, follows Jack Wynter, from the bloody turmoil of the Wars of the Roses, through the chaos and splendour of Renaissance Europe.
Find Robyn Young here: www.RobynYoung.com