- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 3 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
- Audible.com Release Date: June 15, 2017
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XT5LCLG
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You definitely want to read this one.
Very briefly so as not to give too much of the plot away, Joan and her son Lincoln are packing up to leave the zoo close to closing time. Lincoln doesn't want the zoo trip to finish and Joan is having a tussle getting him to put a spurt on before the zoo gates are locked for the night. As they get close to the gates, it becomes clear to Joan that the cracking noises she's been hearing are gun shots and around the exit path are bodies laid dead. Thinking quickly, Joan back tracks with Lincoln to try to hide from the gunman/men. I will say no more of the story, you really need to read this for yourself.
Every moment with Joan and Lincoln is tense and gripping. Imagine trying to keep a four year old quiet and occupied for goodness knows how long the siege will last. Joan doesn't want to frighten Lincoln with the reality of what's happening, that could lead to noise and tears, but she needs to instill in him the seriousness of their situation to make him obey her instructions.
The chapters are set into time frames starting at 4.55pm when Joan is coaxing Lincoln to get ready to leave the zoo which closes at 5.30pm, through to the nail-biting concluding climax at 8.05pm. There are some lovely moments of tender conversation between mother and son and also times of great frustration with such a young child needing the toilet, food and non-stop chatter.
This really is one of the most intensely riveting books I've ever read. I found it difficult to put down for a meal and at bedtime, and my thoughts stayed with the siege at the zoo for days afterwards. It's certainly a book to be recommended and an author to watch out for.
As a mother myself, I couldn't imagine the horror of trying to protect my children from gunmen trapped in a zoo and it was this frightening thought that kept the storyline going for me as I needed to see how the ordeal ended. Once more characters were introduced the story started to take more shape - I did find Joan a little frustrating at times, but who knows how you'd cope in a terrifying situation like the one she and her son found themselves in.
I found the first half of the book a little too slow for my liking, although it did pick up in the second half and by the end I had enjoyed reading it. It's definitely a book in my opinion more about the protective bond between a mother and son rather than a fast paced thriller so I imagine unless you actually have a child I'm not sure you'd be drawn to this book as much.
It wasn't a book that would keep me past my bedtime though still worth a read, it's well written, very descriptive and I imagine will do well. If you like your thrillers to be slow burning, tense with an unusual setting and premise then "Fierce Kingdom" by Gin Phillips is the book for you.
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