Fierce Kingdom - Gin Phillips | ARC Review


Book Details:
Pages: 275
Format: Paperback
Publication: Viking 

Release Date: July 11, 2017
How I got the copy: Penguin Random House Canada
Rating: 5/5 


Summary:
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.

Joan’s intimate knowledge of her son and of the zoo itself—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.




Review:
Fierce Kingdom is a page turning suspense novel that I enjoyed reading every minute of. It's so suspenseful, I didn't want to put it down and when I did I couldn't wait to pick it back up again! I couldn't wait to know what'd happen next! Fierce Kingdom happens in a span of a day but while reading the story it feels like hours have passed after each chapter! The premise of the book is horrifying. Prior to reading Fierce Kingdom, I'd heard some people say the book was good but I think it deserves more than just "good", it was great! 

It's about Joan and her four-year-old son, Lincoln, trapped inside a zoo hiding from two armed men. The story is mostly told in Joan's perspective but we also get a few sporadic chapters from one of the armed men. Joan's primal instincts kick in once she notices they're in danger and Joan realizes she'll do anything to protect her son and herself. 

Lincoln is a good child but of course, there were moments I wanted Lincoln to fully understand what was happening and to just shut up. Hiding out from two armed men with a child added to the suspense of the story but I found it realistic. There wasn't a time I thought Lincoln was written as an unbelievable child or with unbelievable characteristics. From the beginning, Lincolns traits and characteristics were consistent and made sense to him as a character.

I recommend Fierce Kingdom to anyone looking for something to read. It's a great choice for someone looking for a page turning suspense novel, looking to get into the genre or just looking for another great read.

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