What I liked: I absolutely loved getting this back story on Taylor and Samantha. I've read a few books in each series and just took a break and never got back to either one. Ms Ellison's characters are what kept me invested in Field of Graves.
I enjoy the utter humanness of each one. They have problems, they try to deal with them but as in real life, the solution isn't always a quick fix. In this prequel to both series, we get a more complete story on each main character along with some quite gruesome murders.
The plot is good; the clues are sparse so you don't get smacked over the head with the reveal. I live in Tennessee and love the way Ms Ellison is true to the descriptions. Field of Dreams flows smoothly from one scene to the next and was extremely easy to read. I didn't feel lost in facts or emotions. Each character had a part to play and the tension kept me turning the pages.
My favorite thing about Field of Graves were the characters and the attention to detail given each one. They were very well developed and portrayed in each given situation. I adore character driven books and Ms Ellison does a bang up job. That's not to say the plot was mediocre. As a matter of fact, the murders were gruesome and you do get a feel about the "why" of the murders but even the villain was portrayed in a way to capture the reader's attention.
What I didn't like: There were a few times when I felt burdened with details but by the end, I'm glad the attention was paid to the details.
If you've not ready any books in either the Jackson or Owens series, Field of Graves should be read first to get the full enjoyment of each series. You could skip it but it's a powerfully written story and why not start at the beginning!!
I received an ARC from NetGalley for a fair and honest review.