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Fierce Kingdom
Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
It tore at every maternal fibre in my body. I couldnt put it down. Fiona Barton, author of THE WIDOW ************ 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. ************ Unbearably tense and yet beautifully written, Fierce Kingdom demands to be read in one sitting. After finishing, I pulled my loved ones a little closer. Paula Daly
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geener
Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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I heeded the advice from a few reviews on Litsy - do not start this unless you‘re ready to get through it in one sitting. Wow! I could not put this down, and it had my heart racing almost immediately.

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Moony
NACHTWILD: Thriller | Gin Phillips
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Ok. My current reading pile isn't high enough... but yesterday a friend told me he bought this book. It's also on my TBR-Pile, so we'll read it toghter. But he really wanted to start today, so another current read on my list... 😂😂😂 #thriller #zoo #buddyread

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MsLeah8417
Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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My heart was racing for the last 1/3 of this book!!!

JamieArc I read this over a year ago and I still remember how much it kept my heart racing! 5mo
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MsLeah8417
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This my first time reading a book annotated by the author. It‘s been quite ride and I‘m only 82 pages in.

rather_be_reading so cool!! i love tht book too! 5mo
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Dragon
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Started this one yesterday, finished this morning, a well written thriller about a mother and her 4 year old son trapped in a zoo with an active shooter. The bond between mother and son is so well developed, I‘m still tearing up. Trigger warning ⚠️ this is a pulled out of the current headlines story.

Centique This would give me nightmares for YEARS. 😱😱😱 5mo
Dragon Thanks @Centique it was quite nerve wracking. 5mo
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Dragon
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Starting this one today, but I‘m already freaking out, maybe I should have stayed with my historical romance binge 😱. Love 💕 Dragon 🐉 fruit refreshers 🤩

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Cconnolly
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I believe it‘s 300° with the heat index, so I‘m audiobooking indoors while I eat lunch at work. I really liked this story. The suspense kept me wanting to listen on my commute to and from work. In the end, it makes you think about choices we make, what drives people to behave the way they do under stress. Gunmen on the loose at the close of day at the zoo, perfect summer read!

sprainedbrain It feels like somewhere around 250 degrees. Stop exaggerating! 😂 6mo
Cconnolly @sprainedbrain , ok, 250°! I think it‘s down to 150° now, AC still running. Book sale at the ICPL tomorrow is on my agenda for tomorrow, because I don‘t have enough unread books! 6mo
sprainedbrain @Cconnolly I‘m doing #24in48 all weekend... let me know if you find some good books! 6mo
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Skeeterisme
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Couldn‘t put it down. Holy cow.

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Beccacraft
Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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This book about a shooting at a zoo was gripping, and scarily resonating in light of so many mass shootings. I found it horrifying, realistic, and gut-wrenching, and it made me question what I would do in a similar situation.

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Skyrimir
Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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I ordered this used and when I got it realized it has all the author post its from Pagehabit. Pretty cool! I never ordered from them but was always curious about the notes.

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CharleaFinley
Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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I loved reading this story until I didn‘t anymore. It counts for my reading goal, but that‘s about it.

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cherinium
Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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I really enjoyed this one. For me, there was just the right amount of tension. The active shooter situation unfolds in real time, and the reader gets to experience the frustration of hiding with a child and no reliable way to know what is happening and if help is on the way. I have worked in one zoo and my husband still does (at a different one). I was pleasantly surprised to have no major quibbles with the way the zoo was portrayed. 🌟🌟🌟1/2

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cherinium
Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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#currentlyreading This is a page turner!

bookandcat Loved this one but it was so stressful!!! 8mo
cherinium @bookandcat Stressful is right! Phillips has done a great job of making the fear tangible. 8mo
bookandcat @cherinium I had to stop reading it at night for that reason! 🙈 8mo
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CharleaFinley
Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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This is an INTENSE read! I‘ve cleared my schedule for the next couple of hours. I need to know what happens ASAP! #fiercekingdom

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maleahrae
Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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This book was STRESSFUL!! You definitely shouldn't start it if you can't finish it in one sitting.

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Kerrioke
Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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If I hadn‘t been interrupted by social obligations, I would have finished this book in one sitting! It was fast-paced, it was engaging, and it made my heart race in all the right ways. I think the fact that this book is about a mother trying to protect her four year old son made it resonate with me more, since I have my own four year old boy at home. An enjoyable read if you‘re looking for a quick thriller.
#LitsyAtoZ @BookishMarginalia

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Kerrioke
Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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Reading in bed and cuddling with #NelsonKitty. A good way to spend a day off 😊 #catsoflitsy #BotMTBR

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OrangeMooseReads
Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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I think I‘m going to continue with this. Not because I feel like “oooooh this is good I have to find out what happens”, but because I feel more like it‘s a train wreck that I can‘t look away from. It‘s not the writing, they writing is good for the most part. It‘s the story. The story is severely lacking, but I really want to know where the hell the author is going with this mess.

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OrangeMooseReads
Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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Started this one last night. Only about 50 pages in and it‘s not terrible, but I hope it gets better.

Mccall0113 Don‘t hold your breath 1y
MadsReadss Definitely was not my favorite read. Good luck! Lol 1y
Mccall0113 It wasn‘t terrible. Just anticlimactic 1y
mdhughes72 Interesting, but not for the reasons I was expecting. 1y
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Ashley85
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My mom anxiety won‘t allow me to read this book yet, but I heard it‘s pretty good! #kindledeal

MicheleinPhilly I‘m not even a mom but I found this book to be SO stressful. 1y
alanacristin Ouf, yes! I couldn't put it down a couple months ago and i still get flashbacks to the panic i felt trying to make decisions alongside the mom 😖it was a good read though! 1y
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mdhughes72
Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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Mehso-so

I finished this earlier today and am still not sure how I feel about it. I was expecting a suspenseful procedural about a heinous crime. What I got instead was a rich psychological study of a world that a mother co-creates and co-inhabits with her young child. A world that she tries to hold together under extreme duress. It felt both fascinating and indulgent. Does anyone know how this story ends?

Reggie I want to know what happened to the baby!!!! Lol 1y
BarbaraBB Me too, @Reggie ! Then again, i didn‘t like this book at all. I was annoyed by the mother throughout the whole book. 1y
mdhughes72 @Reggie, I choose to believe that the baby is found alive by police or, better still, by the person that put it there. I suppose then that I choose to believe that Joan survives but I feel like that‘s being overly optimistic. 1y
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Gizmo86
Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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I think that the fact that it took me a day and a half to read this says alot. It started off a little shaky- I struggled to connect with Joan or Lincoln but it really picked up. I did find some of the storylines around the shooters a little loose and could have been tighter and Lincoln for the most part was quite irritating. Still a great read though

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Gizmo86
Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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Looking forward to getting into my new read 🤓📚

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nelehelen
Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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Bought these goodies at the Civic Center Block Party today! Paperpacks were $7 and hardcovers were $10. It‘s not that cheap, but cheap for SF! And, all proceeds went to SF Public Library. 😃😃😃

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alanacristin
Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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So I've been to the zoo with my toddler twice since I've read this book, and it continues to haunt me 😖 i keep looking for exits and was pleased to find potential escape routes that i might could pull off if i brought the baby carrier 😮 anyhow, i rarely reflect on books this often in such a short period but this one really hit home. #mommyreads #thriller

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Mccall0113
Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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Lunch reading from yesterday!

rather_be_reading so good!! 1y
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nikki.82
Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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I saw plenty of bad reviews on this book so I was very hesitant to start it but it wasnt that bad. A bit predictable, but it kept my interest and was a fast read. The book focuses on the now all too common problem of mass shootings and shows what people are capable of when put into that situation.

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booknerdbobbie
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Well-ReadNeck
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BridgetteM Agreed! This is a good book. 2y
BarbaraBB I was so disappointed by this one... 2y
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Effischer
Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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This is exciting @Mommamanzi Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips is one of my recent faves :)

Mommamanzi Oh I will have to read it! I have something off your tbr list! Go ahead and email me your name and mailing address and I‘ll send it out to you! Nicoleorlando@hotmail.com📚❤️ 2y
Effischer Awesome @Mommamanzi 😃😃 thank you!! 2y
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eloreads
Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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I wanted to like this, it had an intriguing premise and the first 80 pages or so were good enough, but I ended up really disliking it and found it boring. (Full review on Goodreads)

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eloreads
Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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Trying to catch up on my #BOTM backlist
I‘ve been subscribed since Jan 2017 and have way too many unread picks.

stuck.in.the.stacks I have the same goal for the next few months and I recently read this one. It was definitely a page turner for me. Hope you enjoy it! 2y
eloreads @felinesandfiction it really is a page turner, I just started it and can‘t stop reading it! 2y
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AnansiGirl
Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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Pet sitting adventure of the day - Hoping the fur babies nap long enough to get some reading accomplished.

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GirlWellRead
Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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Phillips' primal and raw novel illustrates the powerful bond between a mother and her child and the lengths a mother will go to in order to protect her child. This riveting novel pits a mother's love against fear, good against evil, and instinct against rationality. Spanning three hours, this incredible story will have you mesmerized and your heart pounding until the very last word.

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Nitpickyabouttrains
Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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This thriller kept me on my toes. It all takes place over the course of a few hours. There was one main narrator, but what stuck with me was actually a secondary character - a teacher- who you get the POV of a few times.

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JoyNorstrom
Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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Great book! (The cider wasn‘t bad either😉). Lots of tension and it keeps you turning pages. Relatable main character in an awful situation.

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Bookishgal71
Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips

Ok ladies. I need help deciding what to send along for our group. I have it narrowed down to three: Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood or Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. What do you want to read? Majority wins. #groupq #lmpbc

JenlovesJT47 I‘ve read Me Before You. I‘m up for whatever! 2y
Cinfhen I‘m not in the group but this book is AMAZING 2y
sweetpealsd I have Fierce Kingdom and Me Before You so I‘d prefer All the Ugly and Wonderful Things. But I‘m okay if you decide to send the other two. I‘ll just read em again 😊 2y
mklong I‘ve heard great things about All the Ugly and Wonderful things. So that would be my pick. 2y
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DimeryRene
Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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I don‘t usually go for books with younger kids as a main character. I don‘t usually go for books about mother/son relationships and protecting kids. But this one was good. Between a pick and a so-so. I liked the writing style. Played out in my head so easily. And I loved going back and forth a little between the hunters and the hunted. That was a great contrast.

LauraBrook LOVE your hair!!! 😍 2y
DimeryRene @LauraBrook Thank you! Got it redone yesterday, so really needed to show it off. 2y
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DimeryRene
Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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New book! Who dis?! Starting off the #13inThree while Christopher plays Pillars of Eternity. @Samplergal

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kimgnix
Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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Page turner, for sure!

rather_be_reading loved this one! 2y
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alanacristin
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Finishing a book within twelve hours?! I feel like pre-motherhood me! Though this was a heart pounding read because it was so relatable as the mom of a young child. I don't feel any better prepared for such a horror, but I'll definitely be paying more attention next time I'm at the zoo, just in case. The ending worked despite some lingering questions. Reminded me of Room a bit with the close mother/son focus. #mommyreads #thriller #ebook

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alanacristin
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I really shouldn't have started this at 11pm in bed next to my sleeping toddler 😱😱😱#mommyreads #scary #parenting #thriller #ebook

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Meredith3
Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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Joan and her young son were some of the #lasttoleave the zoo right around the time when shit got REAL- Real effed up. The time frame of this book is only a couple hours and it is NUTS. Totes thrilling. #aprella

cariashley Has anyone tried this one on audio? Wondering how it is in that format! 2y
InBooksILive This sounds like one that would make me cry! 😥 definitely going on the TBR list! 2y
Meredith3 @InBooksILive it is super intense and frightening !! 2y
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Reviewsbylola This one freaked me out. 2y
emilyhaldi New hashtag #totesthrilling ✌🏻 2y
JamieArc @cariashley That‘s a good question! I read it a few months ago and it had my heart thumping hard the whole time! 2y
Cinfhen Great pick and awesome hashtag❣️❣️❣️❣️This was quite the adrenaline rush but the ending was pretty flat 🙄 2y
BarbaraBB Good choice for the prompt. Hated the book though (that mother, brrrrr😬) 2y
Mdargusch Yes! Perfect for the prompt ! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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LisaJo
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Gin Phillips & Bryn Chancellor spoke about and read from their books. I have read Fierce Kingdom and really liked it. Looking forward to reading Bryn‘s Sycamore. I placed it on my library hold list before I left the festival. #alabamabookfestival

RebelReader Sycamore is very good. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I can't wait for her next one. 😀 2y
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Jprglisa
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Mehso-so

It was good but I found it got a little slow in the middle and dragged a bit for me. I wish it was a little more complex.

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Lova
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Every time I go to this zoo it makes me think of this book. In my mind this is where it took place. There‘s the dirt hill where he played and the Christmas lights hanging to light up the walkways... I can‘t picture it anywhere else. And this is 2/5 of my pack :)

GatheringBooks they look beautiful! :) 2y
Lova Thank you @GatheringBooks (edited) 2y
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Lova
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1. Fried dill pickles- but I don‘t get them very often
2. Fierce Kingdom (I admit- I couldn‘t resist the cover)
3. No allergies
4. I‘m messy. Wish I wasn‘t but alas it is not so...
5. Matilda (with my kids)- yes I love that movie.
#humpdaypost @MinDea

tammysue I love that movie too (and fried pickles lol😋) 2y
MinDea We are a friend pickle household! So yummy! 2y
ChelseaM6010 Fried Pickles are my jam! I love them!!!! 2y
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xicanti Mmmm, fried pickles. 2y
hes7 Yum! 😋 2y
Lova @MinDea @whatshesreadingnow @Chelsealpatt @xicanti @hes7 So glad there‘s other fried pickle lovers out there- no one else in my family has the refined tastes needed to appreciate them! 2y
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Cinfhen
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A solid three star thriller with some 4 star moments. The premise is terrifying, a shooting situation inside a zoo where the killers aren‘t the only dangerous creatures. A mother & her 4yr old son must think like a predator to outfox the killers. Some heart-stoping passages but a weak and flimsy ending. Between a pick & so-so...

MicheleinPhilly Agreed. This had some moments that sent my heart into my throat but ultimately it was a bit of a let-down. 2y
Mdargusch Great review! 2y
missbrewbrew I finished this recently too. The ending definitely felt pretty flat. 2y
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Reviewsbylola I felt exactly the same. Some heart pounding moments for sure, but it felt watered down. 2y
Reggie What happened to the baby?!!!!!! Lol 2y
Cinfhen Exactly @Reggie 😱😱 2y
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Bookworm22
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It was very tense and I really liked how the mom thought about her actions and anticipated her son's behavior. However, I thought that the plot was a little bit weak and the ending was rushed and just not that great.... Also. A VERY BIG THING IS LEFT UNRESOLVED. Not cool Gin Phillips.
I thought this book was about what a mother will do to save her child. It kinda was, but not in the way I expected. More emotional problems than physical violence.

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Cinfhen
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Dealing with a migraine today 🤕😥🤯I was only able to read a few chapters of tagged book and nothing from #ThornBirds 🙄Fierce Kingdom is tense....🎡🎠Hope everyone is enjoying their day💚

MissAimz_55 Argh migraines suck , hope it gets better soon 2y
DGRachel That stinks. I hope it breaks for you soon. 😢🤕 2y
Mowen036 Loved fierce kingdom!!! I read it all in one day. Feel better! migraines are a pain. (edited) 2y
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Mdargusch Feel better soon. 🦋 2y
Sarah83 Hope you feel better soon 2y
Bostonmomx2 Ugh. That‘s not good. Hope you find relief soon. 2y
Kalalalatja Hope you feel better soon 🤞❤️ 2y
LauraBeth Feel better 😘 2y
TrishB Hope you‘re feeling better soon 💕 Migraines 🤢 2y
cobwebmoth Hope you feel better soon! 2y
LeeRHarry Feel better soon - migraines suck! 💕 2y
Jas16 Hope you feel better soon. 2y
wanderinglynn Migraines suck! I feel your pain as a fellow migraine sufferer. Hope you feel better soon. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope you feel better! I‘m sorry you feel bad... 💗💗 2y
Sue Hope you feel better soon! 💜💜💜 2y
Cinfhen Litsying really helps😊 as does all your messages 🙏🏻thanks so much...I‘m sure it‘s a combination of late nights, hot weather, noisy meals, too much wine and forgetting to take my medicine 😜 #migrainessuckforsure @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @wanderinglynn @Jas16 @LeeRHarry @cobwebmoth @TrishB @LauraBeth @Kalalalatja @Bostonmomx2 @Sarah83 @Mdargusch @Mowen036 @DGRachel @MissAimz_55 #theresalwaystomorrow 2y
Cinfhen Thank you @sue💚 2y
LeahBergen Oh no! 😕 2y
TheLudicReader So much love for The Thorn Birds. Are you of the right vintage to remember the mini series? 2y
emilyhaldi Ugh, migraines sound terrible. Hope you feel better soon and don‘t have to take too long of a break from 📖 and 🥂 2y
Crazeedi @Cinfhen , so sorry to hear, especially if you're laid up but can't read! That sucks!😕 2y
Tereses Read Thornbirds many years ago. love it. 2y
CarolynM Feel better🌺🌷🌸 2y
Dragon Hope your migraine resolves quickly! Take care of yourself! 💐 2y
bookishbunny Hope you feel better soon! 2y
Cinfhen Thank you...took a three hour nap 😴that seemed to really help @bookishbunny @Dragon @CarolynM @Crazeedi @emilyhaldi @LeahBergen 2y
Cinfhen Yes @TheLudicReader I do remember the miniseries but I was still on the “young” side 😉I actually read the book MANY YEARS AGO @Tereses but I don‘t remember much 😬 2y
TheLudicReader I think I was in high school, @Cinfhen & I was totally invested in the romance between Father Ralph and Maggie. I thought Richard Chamberlain was so hot. Many many years later I rewatched and it was squirmy bad. 😀 Loved the book. 2y
Cinfhen BTW @TheLudicReader I‘m reading Fierce Kingdom based on your review a few weeks ago...it‘s good so far😍 2y
Reviewsbylola Fierce Kingdom is a toughie. It had my stomach in knots. I hope you‘re feeling better! 🤕 2y
rohit-sawant Hope you feel better soon! 💕 2y
DebinHawaii Ugh. Hope you feel better! 🤕💜 2y
BarbaraBB Looking forward to your thoughts on Fierce Kingdom; I couldn‘t relate to it at all (still being a good mother though - I think 😂). Get well soon 😘 2y
Cathythoughts Hope the migraine is easing. They are the worst . I hope you feel better ❤️ 2y
Centique Get better fast C 💕🤞🌸🙁 2y
Godmotherx5 Hope you feel better. Being part of the #Litsymigraineclub is not easy. (edited) 2y
kspenmoll Hope you are much better now. So sorry! 2y
Cinfhen Thank you❣️❣️I am feeling better today @kspenmoll @Centique @Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB @DebinHawaii @Reviewsbylola @rohit-sawant ugggh, sorry you‘re a migraine sufferer too @Godmotherx5 ☹️❤️ 2y
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