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The Institution by Helen Fields

Review by Kelly Lacey

You know when you have a meal at a restaurant and you have that gorgeous feeling of being full and satisfied? Well, that is exactly how I felt when I finished The Institution by Helen Fields. 

It has everything you would want and more from a thriller. 

Dr Connie Woolwine is a tremendous character. In my head, she is played throughout by Kristen Bell. Connie is a strong female lead but as the reader, we also get to know how fragile she is too. Haunted by her past and with no real roots planted anywhere. If she was in your life she would be your huckleberry friend. A person whom you could call at any time for help and if you saw each other after a long time, there wouldn’t be any awkwardness. I love her time with the dead, the respect she gives the body and the words that she gives to their soul, it really is beautiful.

Dr Wooline first appeared in the stand-alone novel The Shadow Man, you can read my thoughts on it here. I highly recommend reading that first before The Institution, it isn’t essential but if you want to get to know Dr Wooline in the order Ms Fields wrote them. 

So locked-in thrillers are my favourite genre right now and there is a thin line between getting it right or wrong. Sometimes it is all atmosphere and the feeling of claustrophobia other times, you feel you are reading the same situation but with different characters.  Ms Fields has hit the nail on the head. With an intense setting, yes it is atmospheric but most importantly it is character driven with the location being in addition to it. Which is gold dust to a locked-in thriller. 

The intensity of being in an isolated place with all these incredibly dangerous killers. It was fantastic for the reader to get time with each one and learn their story. I loved it and couldn’t get enough it was addictive and very exciting. 

Trying to work out who was the baddie was like trying to eat soup with a fork. It was impossible, I had so many notes and all my guesses were wrong. 

If you are a huge fan of the Perfect series and are worried that the Dr Connie Wooline books will be samey or not as engaging. Then worry not, they are completely different in every way. So don’t delay getting The Shadow Man and The Institution into your collection today. 

I really hope that this can be a long series, it certainly has legs and could go on for some time. It would be really good to have Dr Woolwine have to go home to help with a case. With the added family drama it would be interesting to see that side of her.

A racing heart read as we join Connie as she gets trapped in an Institution and in her own head! 

Five Stars!


They’re locked up for your safety.

Now, you’re locked in with them.

Dr Connie Woolwine has five days to catch a killer.

On a locked ward in the world’s highest-security prison hospital, a scream shatters the night. The next morning, a nurse’s body is found and her daughter has been taken. A ransom must be paid, and the clock is ticking.

Forensic profiler Dr Connie Woolwine is renowned for her ability to get inside the mind of a murderer. Now, she must go deep undercover among the most deranged and dangerous men on earth and use her unique skills to find the girl – before it’s too late.

But as the walls close in around her, can Connie get the killer before The Institution gets her?

A claustrophobic, haunting crime thriller that will keep you up at night, perfect for those who couldn’t put down The Sanatorium and Amy McCulloch’s Breathless.

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