Fierce Kingdom – Gin Phillips

It looks like July 25th, 2017 is going to be another big release day for some great upcoming thrillers! FIERCE KINGDOM by Gin Phillips is one of them.

A big thanks to Viking Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review 🙂 I know that the #CJSReads2017 ladies and I were very excited to get copies of this one.


My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!

FIERCE KINGDOM by Gin Phillips is one of those books that was getting a lot of hype, and for good reason! This book isn’t completely a thriller, but it’s an emotionally charged suspense novel. As a mother, how far would you go to protect your son?

Joan and her young son Lincoln are frequent visitors to their local zoo. They know the layout and have their favorite secluded areas. She and Lincoln go to their favorite place – a shady enclosure in the woods at the edge of the zoo. As Lincoln plays, Joan is keeping an eye on the time – 4:55pm – the zoo will be closing soon.

Then an unexpected explosion happens. Joan recognizes it as gunfire. As she tries to keep calm so she doesn’t send Lincoln into a panic, she picks him up and beelines it to the only exit (the front doors). As she makes her way there, she comes across the other visitors. The armed men have been on a killing spree and Joan realizes she needs to use her knowledge of the zoo to keep her and Lincoln safe.

Phillips does an incredible job bringing the readers through the emotional ringer. This book is told “in real time”. We start at 4:55pm and the book ends at 8:05pm for an action packed and nerve wracking read. This book had me completely drawn in, I needed to find out what Joan’s next move was going to be! How was she going to avoid being caught by the gunmen? We even got a glimpse inside the mind of the killer which only improved upon the eeriness of the book.

While this was incredibly suspenseful, I wouldn’t categorize it as a cat and mouse thriller. I definitely enjoyed this one and for a shorter story, it really packs an emotional punch! If you want a good suspenseful, character driven, and emotional read, then this needs to be on your list!


Check back soon for Chandra and Sam’s thoughts on this one!

Is this one on your TBR?


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