Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips, 275 pages
An afternoon at the zoo turns deadly when the kid-friendly attraction becomes the scene of a mass shooting. Fierce Kingdom follows 40-year-old Joan and her 4-year-old Lincoln as they attempt to escape the notice of the shooters during a siege that stretches way longer than the short but devastating events that so often happen. In this tight, gripping thriller, Phillips creates a story that tugs at every protective, parental instinct a reader has while twisting us through the minds of Joan, one of the shooters, and, briefly, two other women caught in the zoo. More than any spooky supernatural story, this is true horror, well done.