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.
Suddenly, mother and son are as trapped as the animals. Joan’s intimate knowledge of this place that filled early motherhood with happy diversions–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.
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book was just one big crazy ride. If i didn’t have to stop for being an actual adult, i would’ve been reading it in one sitting. The story is disturbing. especially in a world like the one we live in, where shootings seems to happen everyday. It’s heart breaking to see a mom just wanting to protect her child with everything she has. Scary to have chapters set in the shooters mind. Don’t pick up this book expecting an action pack thriller, it’s not that. it’s a more quiet type of story. It’s dark, it’s heavy, it’s a psychological horror that could be taken out of the news. The ending leaves us not knowing much, i kind of like it to be honest, but i can easily see why other would not. The writing was beautiful. I liked seeing Joan thoughts as the day goes by, from lovely memories to horrible possibilities, you can see horror unfold in her head. She’s a smart main character, she use her head when other panic. It was really interesting to see the mother/som relationship put in such a tense situation, seeing both character react in their owm way. Lincoln is adorable. So lovable and just a great kid. Even in this situation he managed to make me smiled.
Fierce Kingdom : 4/5