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The Institution

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A claustrophobic, haunting crime thriller that will keep you up at night, perfect for those who couldn’t pause The Sanitorium and The Hunting Party.

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Helen Fields


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?


‘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

‘Brilliant! The Institution will grab you from the first page and not let go until the final paragraph. The novel finds author Fields, a master of psychological suspense, in top form as she spins a harrowing, nonstop story populated with complex, fully formed characters – notably Connie Woolwine, a true hero for the ages! I’d say the novel is the perfect weekend read, except it won’t last that long; you’ll consume it in one sitting.’
Jeffery Deaver

‘A superbly written thriller – intense, disturbing and atmospheric – Helen Fields delivers!’
Alice Hunter

‘From the moment I opened the first page, I was drawn into the dark world of psychological profiler, Connie Woolwine. A terrifying, shocking, pulse racing thriller creating a brilliant sense of claustrophobia and suspense. The Institution is certainly one of the best crime novels I’ve read in a long time.’
Jacqui Rose

‘Dark and atmospheric with some brilliantly horrific characters and some excellent twists. Compelling and unputdownable’
Catherine Cooper

‘Helen Fields has delivered yet another unputdownable read. The Institution is a gripping, taut and tension-packed thriller, that pulls you in from the very beginning’
Lloyd Otis, author of Dead Lands

‘What a read!’
Nina Pottell, Prima

‘I was on the edge of my seat’
That’s Life

‘It shows Fields at her compelling best as a mistress of suspense and tension’
The Daily Mail

‘A haunting story that will definitely have you gripped’
Alison Peters

‘This twisty, claustrophobic thriller is ideal for fans of The Sanatorium’
Candis This Month Books

‘Fields has written yet another haunting and absorbing thriller.’
My Weekly

‘The Institution is a truly mysterious tale that will have you dreading what’s on the next page but unable to resist reading on’
The Winnipeg Free Press

Deliciously dark and utterly compelling – I couldn’t put it down.’
Clare Mackintosh

Tautly plotted and written, grisly in the extreme and brimming with high-stakes jeopardy, this is definitely not one for the faint-hearted’
Sussex Life