Fierce Kingdom

May 10, 2017 Review 0 ★★★★½

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Fierce KingdomFierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips
Published by Viking on July 25th 2017
Genres: Thriller
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
An electrifying novel about the primal and unyielding bond between a mother and her son, and the lengths she'll go to protect him.

The zoo is nearly empty as Joan and her four-year-old son soak up the last few moments of playtime. They are happy, and the day has been close to perfect. But what Joan sees as she hustles her son toward the exit gate minutes before closing time sends her sprinting back into the zoo, her child in her arms. And for the next three hours--the entire scope of the novel--she keeps on running.

Suddenly, mother and son are as trapped as the animals. Joan's intimate knowledge of this place that filled early motherhood with happy diversions--the hidden pathways and under-renovation exhibits, the best spots on the carousel and overstocked snack machines--is all that keeps them a step ahead of danger.

A masterful thrill ride and an exploration of motherhood itself--from its tender moments of grace to its savage power--Fierce Kingdom asks where the boundary is between our animal instinct to survive and our human duty to protect one another. For whom should a mother risk her life?
I didn’t mean to read this when I did. I was all “I’ll just read the first paragraph…” and then somehow I had read the entire book. All in one sitting. This was followed by much flailing and going “oh my god”.

This book had my pulse racing, and had me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen, and what would I do if I was in that same situation. I doubt I would have handled it nearly as well as Joan does with Lincoln.

I’m disappointed at the lack of resolution in exactly why Robby and Matt were doing what they did, but at the same time since the focus is mostly just on Joan that makes sense. I felt, though, that since we did see some of the story from Robby’s point of view that there could have been more explanation. That, or just leaving out Robby’s PoV entirely.

Mrs Powell seemed pretty out-of-place as well. We had a short bit of her point of view at the start, then she showed up later, but didn’t seem essential to the story. At least with Kaitlynn, Joan was provoked into doing more than just hiding with Lincoln which helped to develop the story some.

All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book. It was breathtaking in its intensity and had me hooked within moments.

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