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Monday, January 24, 2022

Review: The Fields by Erin Young

The Fields
by Erin Young

Thanks so much to Flatiron Books for this gifted copy.

Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publish Date: January 25, 2022
352 Pages
Series: Riley Fisher #1
Genres: Thriller, Police Procedural, Crime Fiction

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.

My Review:

Holy cornfields!  This first-in-a-series, debut crime novel, from Erin Young starts off gritty and dark.. and y'all know how I love it this way - the grittier and darker the better!  So let's meet Sergeant Riley Fisher.  Newly appointed head of investigations and her first crime scene unfortunately stars a childhood friend.  Let's go!

This is definitely a darker thriller and we all know corn fields can be quite scrumptiously creepy.  Unfortunately I did have some issues.  It is definitely clear that this is set in Iowa and touches a lot on the Big Agro, or whatever, and that (for me) got to be too much.  My eyes glazed over a lot during these parts.  And at times it almost felt like two different stories and I just wanted to chop this part out.  I don't think it took completely away from the rest of the story and I understood (kinda) why there was so much of it.... it just didn't quite work for me. 

What I love about this book is the writing.  I would definitely pick up book two and hope for less... politicalness? *shrug*  I also wouldn't mind never seeing the word corn again.  But I'm easily annoyed (y'all remember my Bunny rant(s)?) haha.  In any case, I definitely see this author as one to watch.  I have a feeling we're going to see some amazing books by Young with some very dark crimes that Riley will need to solve.  Can't wait to see what comes next.


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