The Institution

By Helen Fields

Brilliant! The Institution is a harrowing, nonstop story that will grab you from the first page and not let go. Helen Fields is a master of suspense. You’ll consume it in one sitting.’ – International bestselling sensation JEFFERY DEAVER

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.

Readers never want to leave The Institution!

Terrifyingly brilliant and an absolute must-read for those who enjoy dark psychological thrillers.’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘A very dark and exciting read. If you want to stay up all night, love serial killers or just want a strong female heroine , The Institution is for you!’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘What a story! It gripped me right from the start of the opening chapter. Wow!’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Haunting, scary, shocking … this is a book that you won’t forget in a hurry.’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Dark and terrifying, The Institution had me committed to finishing it from the first chapter!’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Very much a chewed-fingernails read … a real roller-coaster’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Dark, atmospheric, creepy and hauntingly good, and kept me guessing until the end. I loved it.’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Format: Paperback
Release Date: 20 Feb 2024
Pages: 432
ISBN: 978-0-00-853351-9
Helen Fields studied law at the University of East Anglia, then went on to the Inns of Court School of Law in London. She joined chambers in Middle Temple where she practised criminal and family law. After her second child was born, Helen left the Bar, and now runs a media company with her husband David. The DI Callanach series is set in Scotland, where Helen feels most at one with the world.Helen and her husband are digital nomads, moving between the Americas and Europe with their three children and looking for adventures. Helen loves Twitter but finds it completely addictive. She can be found at @Helen_Fields.


”'Brilliant! The Institution is a harrowing, nonstop story that will grab you from the first page and not let go. You’ll consume it in one sitting.” - - Bestselling sensation Jeffery Deaver

”'Quite simply, wow! One of the best high concept thrillers I've read in forever. I can't decide which is my favourite character, Dr. Connie Woolwine, or the Institution itself.” - - New York Times bestseller Lisa Gardner

”'Absolutely AMAZING. Tense, engrossing and gripping with a truly unique main character in profiler, Connie Woolwine.” - Angela Marsons

”'An intense, fast paced, locked room thriller. A brilliant concept which kept me guessing right until the end. Fields is at the top of her game.” - John Marrs

”'Dark and atmospheric with some brilliantly horrific characters and some excellent twists. Compelling and unputdownable.” - - Catherine Cooper

‘A terrifying, shocking, pulse racing thriller.The Institution is certainly one of the best crime novels I've read in a long time.' - Jacqui Rose -

”'Criminally compulsive, claustrophobic and captivating, The Institution is Helen Fields at her just-one-more-chapter best. Watch out for this one, it’ll do big things.” - - Neil Broadfoot

”'A superbly written thriller - intense, disturbing and atmospheric - Helen Fields delivers!” - - Alice Hunter

'Scary, tense and totally absorbing, I just couldn't put it down. Wonderful.' - Simon McCleave -

”'A wonderful, compulsively gripping rollercoaster of a read.” - - Liz Nugent

”'A white-knuckle ride that is both completely addictive and absolutely terrifying. Chillingly effective.” - - B P Walter

”'An extraordinary novel that drew me in and spat me out, utterly exhausted. It’s the ultimate locked room mystery that terrified and enthralled me in equal measure. You’ll love it!” - - Marion Todd