One Grey Night It Happened

Young Adult - Thriller
212 Pages
Reviewed on 06/07/2020
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

One Grey Night It Happened, penned by author Michael Fields, is a work of fiction in the thriller genre aimed at young adults. Containing some mature language and sexual situations that would suit older teen readers, the book follows the friendship between protagonists Jeremiah Willis, who has escaped from the influence of his family to enroll in a public school, and Lucas Bradshaw who is an African American student and the subject of a nationwide manhunt following a school shooting in Virginia. As the two support each other in adapting to their new reality, they’re forced to work together to overcome corrupt cops, school bullies, and greedy realtors.

Author Michael Fields has crafted a highly engaging work of interpersonal drama which also delivers thriller, suspense, and mystery elements as the plot deepens and increases in complexity. Jeremiah and Lucas are well-developed heroes whom young adult readers are certain to relate to, for very different reasons depending on their background and character development. The emotional arc of the story is powerfully atmospheric and serves as a backbone to a well-plotted series of events that will keep readers racing from chapter to chapter to see the novel’s conclusion. The mature content is very appropriate to the realism of the piece and elevates the work to a level that both mature teens and adult readers are sure to appreciate. Overall, One Grey Night It Happened is a highly recommended read for its realism, emotional resonance, and accomplished writing style.

Rabia Tanveer

One Grey Night It Happened by Michael Fields is a thriller that young adult fiction enthusiasts will enjoy. Jeremiah Willis hadn’t had the best life. Living in the Willis clan was a constant battle for survival, so he packed up his bags and left the only place he knew as home. He was looking for a fresh start and he got it at the last place he thought he would. He enrolled in a high school where he met Lucas and they became friends, a luxury Jeremiah never had. However, Jeremiah doesn’t know it yet but something from Lucas’s past is coming back to haunt him. As they try to navigate school life and avoid bullies, they also have to make sure Lucas stays out of the problems that are somehow always following him. Can these two friends find a way to keep each other safe and out of trouble?

One Grey Night It Happened by Michael Fields was such a good story. I loved reading Jeremiah and Lucas’s interactions and how they grew to like each other. The way they became brothers in arms and how their relationship grew was amazing. While Jeremiah is a confident young man, Lucas is a little unsure of himself. They balanced each other out and had each other’s backs. I liked the suspense regarding Lucas’s past and how hard he tried to stay clear of it all. I loved how each little piece of the mystery was unveiled and allowed the plot to fully bloom along with that. The narrative is incredibly rich and the characters are given ample opportunities to grow and become bold. This is definitely a must-read!

Romuald Dzemo

One Grey Night It Happened by Michael Fields is a tale with strong hints of coming of age, a story that deftly handles the themes of family, love, friendship, and tragedy. Jeremiah Willis ran away from a violent environment, escaping the Willis clan. Now in a different school environment, he begins to build new friendships. He is close to Lucas Bradshaw, a black teen, but a school shooting in Virginia gets his new friend hunted down like an animal. This time, Jeremiah is not going to run away from the bad guys. Teaming up with Lucas, they work hard to expose corrupt police, bad realtors, and to stand against bullies. But how much fight can they muster in a world that breathes so much evil?

The lyricism in the prose, the author’s ability to conjure beautiful images gripped me. I like it when an author makes me feel part of a setting and Michael Fields does just that. The characters are just as gorgeous as can be. They are flawed, and genuinely so, and they are human, like any of us, and so we are forced to feel their pain, thanks to the realism that breathes through the writing. One Grey Night It Happened is a story that inspires young readers to fight for justice and to take their stand against those who make life difficult for others. Told in a powerful narrative voice, Michael Fields’s story is a thoughtful tale that entertains and pulls the reader into a world where rules are defied. An exciting story with memorable characters, and one that speaks to all of us.