The Fields

The Fields
Genre : Fiction
Published : 28 Apr 2022 - Hodder & Stoughton
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. For Sergeant Riley Fisher, newly promoted to head of investigations at the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office, an already horrific crime takes on a personal edge when she discovers the victim is an old friend, from a dark past she thought she'd left behind. Rumour travels fast in small towns, while sweltering heat and state-wide elections only add to the pressure-cooker atmosphere. When another body is found, Riley is in danger of being engulfed by the fear and the frenzy. Something deeply disturbing is out there - and it reaches far beyond Black Hawk County.

Beautifully written and masterfully crafted, THE FIELDS is a stunning crime debut.


Loved the vivid sense of place. Hints of TRUE DETECTIVE & THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. EXCELLENT.

Will Dean

Eerie and engaging. THE FIELDS is one of the best procedurals I've read in a good long while.

Ace Atkins

THE FIELDS is a gripping and original crime-thriller that doesn’t let you go. I was transported to the Iowa cornfields, enthralled and terrified by turns. Murder, politics, family secrets, an iconic main character, and a fiendish plot. What’s not to love?

Laura Shepherd-Robinson

Young delivers a disturbing, twist-riddled thriller stocked with well-drawn characters.

Publishers Weekly

Utterly gripping - THE FIELDS whips along at an incredible pace and it left me breathless. Young's novel is both a brilliantly imagined police procedural and a nightmarish horror story that will keep you glued to your seat and struggling through the cornfields of Iowa in the same moment.’

Marina Palmer

With an eye for detail, Erin Young has provided a timely tale of mystery. Not only will the reader come away with a formidable knowledge of the changing landscape of our heartland, but Ms. Young introduces a strong female character who defies the odds to uncover the truth behind the murders in a previously quiet community.

Killer Nashville

This is going to be big. A jet-black and compulsive thriller set against the backdrop of Iowa’s agri industry. Corruption, murder, elements of horror and an engaging female lead detective. Brilliant writing from Erin Young.

Anna Mazzola

This terrific debut from Erin Young nails its characters from the outset: real people you care about caught up in a thrilling plot. It gave me Mare of Easttown vibes. Surely a bestseller on both sides of the pond. Can’t wait to see it on screen.

Elizabeth Freemantle

A gripping panorama of characters, and a detective who will pull you round and break your heart, Erin Young takes us deep into the Fields -- a dark heart of cruelty, conspiracy, betrayal, a web of lies, secrets and love. A world you don’t want to leave, an all-out, edge of your seat thriller you can’t put down.

Kate Williams

An immersive unravelling of small-town America with a gloriously chilling mystery at its core."<br /> <br />

Anna Bailey

This is her first crime novel and it’s a big, ambitious, angry story… the ultimate message that good intentions are no guarantee of a good outcome adds a sense of tragedy to the novel.

Literary Review

…provocative and gripping…

Crime Monthly

[A] chilling crime novel about a murder in an Iowa cornfield. The investigator on the case—a woman who was a friend of the deceased—fears the murder might be linked to industrial farming. Young's novel will be the first in a series that promises cold cases and cornfields.


A story as gripping and sinuous as Jane Harper’s THE DRY. There could be no higher praise.

Daily Mail

Fisher is a credibly drawn lead, and this is a series that, if it can plough a distinctive furrow, may go on to put down roots.

The Times

A razor sharp procedural, a protagonist you'll root for, and a twist that you will never see coming."<br /> <br />

Anthony Riches

Just brilliant.


I read this in one go, over a Sunny day and it was wonderful. If you watched and enjoyed True Detective (with a hint of The Silence of The Lambs – you’ll see why) then this is for you.

Belfast Telegraph

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. This is a classic crime series in the making.

Cristina Alger, bestselling author of GIRLS LIKE US

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