Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips (3 out of 5) 

Joan and Lincoln’s trip to the zoo turns into something completely terrifying. There are gunshots heard, and Joan sees zoo workers lying on the ground and bleeding. She takes Lincoln, her son, and they find a secluded part of the zoo in which they hide. But…are they in plain sight? What’s going on? Thankfully, in this day and age, cell phones with their scrolling news feed inform her that there have been multiple shootings and a hostage situation. Joan’s husband Paul corresponds as much as he can, but to avoid being discovered, Joan has to create a distraction with rocks and her phone is discovered. Thankfully, her and Lincoln are not. It isn’t long before Joan discovers there are others hiding and they need to figure out how to outwit the killers and/or get out unharmed with the kids. Can they do this? How nerve wracking can this be? Turns out…not as much as the cover jacket promises. I wasn’t very frightened at all, and the story plays out like the six o’ clock news. The beauty of this book- the fierce kingdom, if you will- is the unwavering bond between mother and child. That’s the greatest part of this story. The rest is window dressing. It’s out now (in hardcover) from our friends at Penguin Random House.

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~ by generationgbooks on August 5, 2017.

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