Fierce Book Review #MNBookClub

Fierce by Gin Phillips is a captivating thriller, depicting every parent's worst nightmare. An ordinary day at the zoo turns into a day of terror when Joan, the lead character, finds herself and her four year old son trapped with a gunman on the loose.

I made a slight mistake in starting this book when I went to bed rather late at night. From the first page you are thrown into an incredibly stressful situation, which gets your heart racing. Adrenaline was certainly flowing and I really struggled to put it down. I ended up going to bed really late and it took me ages to get to sleep! It was the kind of book you simply cannot put down, and I finished it under 24 hours after starting it!

Fierce Gin Phillips

Joan is willing to do anything to protect her son and her mind races to find somewhere they will be safe. They are regular visitors to the zoo, so she knows there is an disused animal enclosure, and they end up seeking refuge there. Things take a turn for the worse when her son Lincoln is hungry and needs food to keep him quiet.

You are introduced to other characters as the book progresses, including the gunmen. There are other characters trying to survive as well and Gin Phillips lets you get to know them all. It is so difficult to read as a mother because you are absolutely willing Lincoln to be silent, but you know that a four year old is incredibly hard to silence, even if they were scared.

Reading Fierce by Gin Phillips

The book is frenetic in pace at the beginning and the end, and I found my mind struggling to keep up with the speed I wanted to read at. I found that the pace in the middle of the book definitely slowed down, but it didn't make it any less enjoyable. There are some really disturbing moments in the book, when Joan is pushing the boundaries between right or wrong to protect her son.

The challenge for the characters trapped in the zoo is simply to survive. It's a roller-coaster ride of emotions watching them try to stay alive. I think that because you are so invested in the characters, that the end of the book comes as a bit of a disappointment because it is ambiguous as to what has happened. I am the kind of person who likes an ending to a book, and this wasn't enough for me!

Disclosure: I was provided with this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.