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Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

Fierce Kingdom

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June 2017 Book of the Month.

We are in America. Joan takes her four year old son Lincoln to the zoo regularly. She knows the layout, the areas, the animal enclosures and roughly how long it takes to leave the play area and get to the exit as the zoo closes. On this day she hears what she eventually discovers is gun fire. She sees bodies and runs, carrying her son. She is aware the porcupine died and the zoo had not yet replaced him so his pen is empty. An ideal hiding place and so it proves to be until the boy wants supper and Joan goes to the snack slot machine to feed him. The tension up to this point is tight but once she meets others the tension ratchets up to breaking point. This is a terrifying read, compulsive from the start. The publishers blurb has indeed prepared us for horror, what we discover is a couple of crazed gun men, interesting characters, bent on killing anything that moves be it elephant, monkey or child. How to stay alive is the problem. This is truly frightening stuff, highly recommended. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

If you like Gin Phillips you might also like to read books by Derek B. Miller, Mary Higgins Clark and Scott Smith.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Michelle Hodson - 'Wonderful original plot. Believable characters. This story hooked me and dragged me along for the ride. Highly recommended.'    
  • Trilby Humphryes - 'This book is equally traumatising, captivating & ridiculously tense... It makes you question how you might react in the face of death and how far you might go in order to protect those you love.'
  • Sarah Harper - 'With tense, edge-of-the-seat action from the get-go, my heart was in my mouth the whole time. This packs a real punch.'
  • Sabine Little - 'The book leaves the reader contemplating parenthood – not necessarily the dangers that might await their child, but more aware of how fleeting these moments truly are.'
  • Dana Captainino - ' of the most gripping, thrilling and downright scary stories I have read in a long time...Read this - you won't be disappointed.'
  • Sue Burton - 'Fantastic first novel and would recommend this book to everyone, once you start reading it you will not want to put it down.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'Could have been a compelling read – the extremes a mother would go to protect her 4 year old son – but wide of the mark with the plot.'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'How far would you go to protect your child/children? Fierce Kingdom makes you ask yourself those questions and the answer is as far as you need to go!'
  • Edel Waugh - 'I loved this! Anyone who wants a book to keep you on the edge of your seat needs to read this. Awesome!'

Win Books from the Manon Bradshaw Thriller Series!

Persons Unknown, the second book in Susie Steiner's crime thriller series, is now out in paperback and to mark the publication we are giving away paperback copies of both Missing, Presumed and Persons Unknown to THREE lucky winners!

To have a chance of winning one of these fantastic prizes, click the button below. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once.

The draw closes on 30 April 2018. The winners will be notified by 14 May 2018,

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Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

Lincoln is a good boy. At the age of four, he is curious, clever and well behaved. He does as his mum says and knows what the rules are. The rules are different today. The rules are that we hide and do not let the man with the gun find us. When an ordinary day at the zoo turns into a nightmare, Joan finds herself trapped with her beloved 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; between humanity and animal instinct. It's a line none of us would ever normally dream of crossing. But sometimes the rules are different.


'I devoured it in one breathless sitting. Outstanding.'
Clare Mackintosh, author of I LET YOU GO and I SEE YOU

'Fierce Kingdom is a bold exploration of the ferocity of a mother's love - riveting and beautiful, and all too real. You'll find yourself asking, what would I do? It's brilliant.'
Shari Lapena, author of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR

'I was absolutely captivated by this book. So, so tense, but wonderfully written. The perfect book.'
Gillian McAllister, author of EVERYTHING BUT THE TRUTH

'It tore at every maternal fibre in my body. I couldn't put it down.'
Fiona Barton, author of THE WIDOW

About the Author

Gin Phillips

Gin Phillips grew up in Montgomery, Alabama, and has been writing for as long as she can remember. After earning a degree in Political Journalism, Gin worked as a freelance magazine writer for nearly a decade. She's lived in Ireland, Thailand, New York, and Washington, D.C. Gin now lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, her kids, and her schnoodle.

Author photo © Brad Daly

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15th June 2017


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Doubleday an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd


288 pages


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