Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

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I read this in a day, back when it arrived as a proof. See?

(I’m pretty much avoiding twitter all the time now. You’d think I’d have more time for blogging, but mojo has deserted me. Ah well. It will return. Am reading more though, so there could be more book reviews.)

I promised a more detailed review back in that insta post didn’t I? Well, for starters, they haven’t updated the clothes on the cover.

And that’s about it for negative comments. Sorry. This is a really immersive book, that will catch you up and keep you turning pages somewhat frantically, running as breathlessly as the characters do. And yet at the same time, there are some delicate, so true to life moments of motherhood that will hit you just so.

This isn’t the kind of book I read normally – I struggle with children in peril these days, as I see my own offspring overlaid on the characters. (Does everyone do that? Or am I once again overthinking? I don’t know how to set that mother part of me aside, I’m not sure it’s possible.) But once I’d started this there was no way I could put it down. The attention to characterisation and detail of parenting is astounding in the middle of mortal peril – what’s that thing about in the midst of life? This book brought that home to me in way very few other fictional accounts have.

If heart in the mouth parent related thrillers are your thing, grab this now. If they’re not, you might be surprised to find they could be. Book is just so beautifully judged, paced and delivered. Enjoy.

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