Monday, October 22, 2018

The Field By Ian Dawson Review

Twenty-five years ago author Ian Dawson was kidnapped by two older teen boys in a field behind his home in Redding, California. They held him captive for several hours and assaulted him before finally setting him free. This traumatic experience became the inspiration behind his debut YA thriller novel, The Field (BookBaby, Sept. 28, 2018).

The Field follows fourteen-year-old Daniel Robinson. When he is abducted during a game of hide-and-seek, his focus switches from enjoying his summer vacation to simply staying alive. He must find the courage and strength to escape his captors and get home, no matter what it takes. Will he survive? Or is this a nightmare that's too real to escape? As Daniel finds himself at the mercy of his captors, his best friend Kyle sets out to bring him back to safety. With nothing but teenage instincts to guide him, Kyle's quest could result in a happy ending—or in tragedy.

The 411:

The Field by Ian Dawson was very interesting, quick read. There were moments when I laughed and moments when my mouth hung open. The Field is about Daniel and Kyle who have been friends forever. They spend their days at school and after school they head out riding their bikes. Hanging out, laughing, farting, joking, and supporting each other. It seems like a normal teen friendship story until the introduction of another set of friends. Austin and James who have the opposite relationship of our first two boys. These two boys are together out of fear.  Austin is a mean boy who spends his free time killing animals and he has James in a scary situation that James doesn't know how to get out of.  When Austin kidnaps two boys things start to get out of control. 

I was honestly floored with where this book went. It was a hard read at times. It was scary in a "real" way but the writing was riveting and I couldn't put it down.

There are moments in the book that some readers will have difficulty reading. One child gets burned with cigarette lighters another boy is burned. It is action packed and readers will enjoy reading about the friendship and bravery of Daniel and Kyle.


  1. This book seems like a story that would keep you on the edge of your seat, my kind of book.

  2. Jennifer Carroll9:55 PM

    This seems like a very interesting book.

  3. looks like a great book

  4. Sounds like a good book that I would enjoy reading.

  5. Daniel M8:35 PM

    looks like a fun one

  6. Wow, based on the author's own experience?! That really adds to the intrigue of this book!


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