Book of the Month: Fierce

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Gin Phillip's latest is a thrilling novel about the primal and unyielding bond between a mother and her son, and the lengths she’ll go to protect him.

About the book

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.

A masterful thrill ride and an exploration of motherhood itself—from its tender moments of grace to its savage power—Fierce asks where the boundary is between our animal instinct to survive and our human duty to protect one another. For whom should a mother risk her life?

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About the author

Gin Phillips

Gin Phillips has been writing for as long as she can remember. She wrote Fierce when her own son was four – the same age as Lincoln in the book – and says that of all the characters she has written, Lincoln’s mother Joan is the most similar to herself. Gin lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, children and schnoodle.

Gin says: “I’m delighted that Mumsnet has chosen Fierce as this month’s book club selection. I always love how Joan’s story gets readers talking and thinking about their own views of motherhood, womanhood and life in general. I’m looking forward to hearing what everyone thinks.”

What our bloggers thought

Fierce Max and Mummy

Max and Mummy blog

“A small but mighty book that will leave you holding your breath as the story unfolds. It's one that was every ounce as tense as it was scary and thrilling.”

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Fierce island living 365

Island Living 365

“This is a clever and extremely fast-paced thriller. It will haunt you. As parents, we worry about keeping our children safe and in this novel we see what happens when that safety is ripped away from us.”

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Helpful Mum

“It was the kind of book you simply cannot put down, and I finished it under 24 hours after starting it!”

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Fierce mummy bubble

Mummy bubble

“I loved the pace of this book, which leapt straight into the action part of the story and kept me right on the edge of my seat throughout.”

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Fierce Five Little Doves

Five Little Doves

“The way that Phillips writes so beautifully, and with such vivid description, about every sound, every footstep, every moment of terror, leaves you feeling all of those emotions with every turn of the page”

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Get involved

If you're interested in joining us, do grab yourself a copy. First, check out the book by reading the extract below.

Read Chapter 1 and 2 of Fierce

Listen to an extract

Author webchat

Gin Phillips will be joining us to answer questions? about Fierce on Wednesday 26 September between 9 and 10 pm.

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