BOTM, Suspense, Thriller

Review: Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

Title: Fierce Kingdom

Author: Gin Phillips
Edition: Hardcover
Genre: Thriller
Pages: 288
Source: Book of the Month
Publication Date: July 2017
Rating: 3.5/5.0


I chose this book for my Book of the Month for August 2017 because I love psychological thrillers. They really have the ability to grab me and keep hold until the end.  I may have also chosen this book a little because of the terrorism element.  This may seem a bit odd, but a part of my Master’s degree was studying terrorism, so this subject is always interesting to me.

This is a story of Joan and her four year old son Lincoln and their day at the zoo.  It begins as any other day at the zoo for them.  Lincoln is happily playing trying to get in a few final minutes before it is time to head back towards the exit for closing.  As they approach the exit Joan seeing something that makes her turn and run the other way, Lincoln held tight in her arms.  Here begins the next four hours of terror.
This is a gripping story told in real time over the course of the evening in which Joan and Lincoln are trapped in the zoo.  It is mainly seen from the view of Joan while she is trying to find a safe hiding place for her and her son while at the same time trying to keep him calm and quiet.  Being that Lincoln is only four years old, it is not as easy for him to grasp what is going on around them and the importance of being quiet.

I read this book in two sittings because I found myself wanting to know what was going to happen next.  I was a little disappointed though that there were a few subplots that were not wrapped up by the end of the book.  This was not enough of an issue to ruin the book for me, though the reason for the 3.5 rating, and I still found the book to be very suspenseful and enjoyable.  I found that I was able to easily able put myself into Joan’s situation and thought about what I would do if I were her.  Sadly, we live in a world today that this type of scenario is a potential reality.

This book really demonstrates the bond and protective nature between and mother and her child and asks the question, what would you do to protect your child?

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