Readers who are searching for a complex thriller with a heart should look no further than Dan Moore’s Haunted Fields. The novel is a gripping tale full of sharp twists and dramatic turns, leading the reader on a path that keeps them guessing until the end. Haunted Fields appeals to a range of readers; it contains an excellent mixture of murder mystery, heart warming romance, chilling ghost story and coming of age tale that blends into a fast-paced thriller that does not disappoint.
Haunted Fields follows Freddie, a disillusioned, rebellious teenager, as he hopes to find a place, and a family, in which he can belong. Unceremoniously sent to spend his summer of freedom at Ridge Farm by his father and his less than popular stepmother, Freddie learns a lot more than how to lift bales of hay. He enters a close-knit rural community who are all connected by a tragic past, and becomes embroiled in a dark secret that threatens to endanger Freddie and the families it involves. Freddie experiences life as an outsider in the isolated farming village, but eventually finds this position advantageous – can he shed light on the mystery that has haunted the villagers for generations?
The novel moves quickly, bringing in new elements to the mystery in every chapter, but this can sometimes cause some areas of the plot to not be explored as fully as they could be. However, the conclusion to the novel is strong; both a twist and a cliff-hanger, it jolts the reader and Freddie back to the reality of life outside Ridge Farm and leaves them wondering what will happen next. Engaging and intriguing to the final line, Haunted Fields is set to become a firm, pulse-racing favourite for any reader.
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