Fierce Kingdom
“It tore at every maternal fiber in my body. I couldn’t put it down.” —Fiona Barton, New York Times bestselling author of The Widow

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?

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    Jul 15, 2017

    I held my breath all the way through and couldn't stop reading this Unputdownable book. What should have been a lovely outing at the zoo turns out to be a nightmare. An active shooter at Belleville Zoo reportedly shifts to hostage situation. Three men shoot some people at the zoo. Joan...

  • Linda
    Jul 14, 2017


    The ol' Animal Kingdom.Some species walking on all fours in cages. Some species walking on two and needing desperately to be caged.Gin Phillips creates a familiar environment known to the majority of us: spreading landscapes of various attractive foliage surrounding outdoor and indoor ...

  • Deanna
    Jul 3, 2017


    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...2.5 StarsI really struggling with a rating for this book. I think I landed on 2.5 because I was caught up in the story and had to know how it was going to end. However, I did have some issues with it. When I read t...

  • Miriam Smith
    Jul 3, 2017

    Miriam Smith

    When an ordinary day at the zoo turns into a nightmare, Joan finds herself trapped with her beloved 4 year old son. She must summon all her strength, find unexpected courage and protect Lincoln at all costs – even if it means crossing the line between right and wrong!As a mother m...

  • Brooke
    Jul 3, 2017


    *I received an ARC from Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest & unbiased review. Many thanks to Viking Books, Random House & Gin Phillips for the opportunity.* I'll admit I struggled with this one. The premise is fascinating - examining the lengths a mother will go to...

  • Zoe
    Jul 1, 2017


    Gripping, intense, and downright eerie!This is an adrenaline-filled thriller that brings a mother’s worst nightmare to life and explores the anxiety and terror involved in protecting one’s child.The characters are a mix of protective, determined and strong, and young, callous...

  • KC
    Jul 1, 2017


    Thanks to Goodreads, I won an advanced readers copy and in exchange I have written an honest review. This book is a fast paced thriller with unrelenting suspense throughout it's pages. Joan and her 4 year old son, Lincoln were spending a leisurely day at the local zoo. Getting ready to...

  • Dannii Elle
    Jun 28, 2017

    Dannii Elle

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Gin Phillips, and the publisher, Viking, for this opportunity.This book has the terrifying premise of following the perspectives of the multiple individuals involved in a terror attack. The intima...

  • Karen Mace
    Jun 16, 2017

    Karen Mace

    This was a book that I couldn't put down once I had started! It is a book that appeals to every humans' nature of wanting to protect their loved ones, and how would you do that if you're trapped!Joan and her son, the very smart 4 year old Lincoln, often stop by the Zoo to visit the ani...

  • Angela
    Jun 14, 2017


    This is an amazingly tense and impacting story. It's set over just a three hour timeline with very few characters, in fact, most of the book is mother and four year old son, Joan and Lincoln.Very briefly so as not to give too much of the plot away, Joan and her son Lincoln are packing ...