Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
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.
About: The Fields is a mystery thriller written by Erin Young. It will be published on 1/25/2022 by Flatiron Books, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, paperback, 352 pages. The genres are mystery thriller, adult fiction, and crime. This book is the author’s debut. According to the publisher’s website, “Flatiron Books is committed to publishing intelligent fiction and nonfiction with commercial appeal by authors with distinctive voices.” It is “named after the historic building in which the company is housed.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Fields on 1/14/2022 and finished it on 3/24/2022. This book gave readers some interesting farming backgrounds between big farming companies and family owned farms since the story took place in Iowa. I’m familiar with this so it was a bit slow paced for me. I do enjoyed the reminder about GMO and fortified foods that are sold in the supermarket. I don’t enjoy the politics portion much. There were some gruesome scenes. The thrilling part was when Thorne succeeded in her task at the governor’s residence. The story picked up when more bodies were found and the news outlet got their front page news that angered the police. The read got intense when Riley talked to the Senator. I enjoyed the thrilling read after that. The ending was great. I couldn’t guess who the killer was or why which made the read good!
This book started with a woman running into the corn fields from her assailant. She was injured until she couldn’t run anymore. She thought about her wedding day with James before she passed out. Then the story began with Riley, 35, Sergeant and Head of Investigation. She drove to the police station to pick up her partner Logan then dropped off her niece Maddie, 14 at her home. They got a call to the crime scene an hour ago. As she arrived, she interviewed the guy who found the body. Then she took a look at the crime scene and identified the victim. Riley recently got the promotion and many men who were interested in the position didn’t like that. Her grandfather was the town’s Sheriff and she’s now the first female sergeant. She was assigned by the sheriff to investigate the crime where the victim was her high school friend. Riley’s unforgivable past often came up. There was an anonymous view of a tortured person or a person not feeling well. Two more bodies were found later. The second view was Maddie, Riley’s niece. She liked to spend time at her friend’s house because they served home cooked meals instead of microwave meals. The third view was Thorne. She was waiting in line to have her backpack inspected. She almost got caught sneaking in something but was saved by the man with a baseball hat. They were working together and focused on politicians. The fourth view was Cole, deputy. Riley dislike him and he dislike her for losing the promotion to her and more. There were a few different quick views at the end. The investigation felt closer to Riley because her secret past was on the edge of exposing.
The Fields was an interesting read. The ending was more of a thrilling read than the beginning and middle. The ending sounds like book 2 will be coming because Riley’s past with herself and her parent’s death have been swept up under a rug. The investigation was okay. Riley’s past came up often to sidetrack the investigation of the current killer(s) to only fizzle out was disappointing. The current case was helped by the FBI and her grandfather so it didn’t really differentiate herself any different for winning the promotion over the guys. I thought she would be smart like having some kind of sixth sense where some of the guys don’t. I liked Logan’s character with his vegan lifestyle and personality. I liked the love of Cam and his wife Sue. I’m interested to read book 2 if there’s one because the author did brought up a fascinating story between killer(s) and victims.
I rate it 4 stars!
About the Author:
The Fields is Erin Young’s debut crime thriller, featuring Sergeant Riley Fisher of Black Hawk County, in the first of a planned series. Young lives and writes in Brighton, England. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Flatiron Books for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.