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Fierce Kingdom

by Gin Phillips

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The air crackles with malevolence and unbearable tension, as even the zoo animals, locked in their cages, sense the approaching violence.

Why I love it

Fight or flight. Rage or relief. A good suspense novel evokes our most primitive emotions. The adrenaline spikes as we desperately need to know what happens next. And if the book is really good, time spent in the grip of mounting fear pays off with an explosive and cathartic ending. _Fierce Kingdom_ delivers a level of pure fear that I hadn’t felt in ages. It’s the story of Joan, a mother who s...


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...


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