Monday, 5 November 2018

Book Review: Fierce by Gin Phillips


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 back into the zoo, her child in her arms. And for the next three hours—the entire scope of the novel—she keeps on running.

Joan’s intimate knowledge of her son and of the zoo itself—the hidden pathways and under-renovation exhibits, the best spots on the carousel and overstocked snack machines—is all that keeps them a step ahead of danger.



Fierce, by Gin Phillips, was such a powerful read. So powerful, in fact, that the feelings and thoughts this novel inspired in me are still with me months after reading it. 

Fierce marked the first time I took part in a readathon. For three hours, which is the entire scope of the novel, I read this novel alongside many others. And what an experience that was. 

It's easy to read this novel in the three hours the story plays out over. Because it's just so enthralling and gripping; once you pick it up, you won't want to put it back down again. I certainly didn't, I even took it in the bath with me! This really is an incredible read; fraught with danger and terror, gripping and enthralling. 

I can't recommend Fierce by Gin Phillips enough. It really is a fantastic read; one I'd be happy to come back to again in the future for a re-read. Perfect for fans of Emma Donoghue's Room. Or for fans of anyone looking for an exciting, dangerous and gripping read. 

Have you ever taken part in a readathon?

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