Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips
A Novel

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Fierce Kingdom is a novel that crackles with tension and danger. The pacing is urgent, as befits the topic. It’s a keep you up all night speed race to the finale...
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“Expertly made thriller . . . clever and irresistible.” —The New York Times

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.

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?
 

About Gin Phillips

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Gin Phillips (www.ginphillips.com) has written several critically acclaimed books for adults, and this is her children's book debut. Gin lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, children, and dog.
 
Published July 25, 2017 by Viking. 285 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Autumn Markus on Aug 14 2017

Fierce Kingdom is a novel that crackles with tension and danger. The pacing is urgent, as befits the topic. It’s a keep you up all night speed race to the finale...

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Lizzie Skurnick on Jul 27 2017

Because we make fun of helicopter parents for the lengths they go to to keep perfectly safe children even safer, we can can forget that, for children, safety is a kind of love — and that makes Fierce Kingdom a terrifying book, but more importantly, a beautiful one.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Jennifer Senior on Jul 19 2017

Phillips, the author of four previous novels, including two for middle-grade readers, beautifully captures the quirks, tedium and magic of parenting a young child....“Fierce Kingdom” is a diabolical enactment of a mother’s most tortured and catastrophic thoughts.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Alison Flood on Jun 13 2017

It is also – and this was unexpected, in such a page-turning, adrenaline-soaked read – an eloquent and meditative insight into motherhood and what it means, its many small trials and joys and wonders.

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Toronto Star

Good
Reviewed by Sue Carter on Jul 14 2017

Despite its cinematic cat-and-mouse setup — a film adaptation is in early stages with actor Margot Robbie’s production company — at its heart, Fierce Kingdom celebrates the bond between parent and child, and a mother who embraces her role.

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