Thanks for stopping by! Today you can catch my review for Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton. With thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for my copy. First of all though let’s take a look at the description for the book…
ABOUT THE BOOK
Three hours is 180 minutes or 10,800 seconds.
It is a morning’s lessons, a dress rehearsal of Macbeth, a snowy trek through the woods.
It is an eternity waiting for news. Or a countdown to something terrible.
It is 180 minutes to discover who you will die for and what men will kill for.
In rural Somerset in the middle of a blizzard, the unthinkable happens: a school is under siege. Told from the point of view of the people at the heart of it, from the wounded headmaster in the library, unable to help his trapped pupils and staff, to teenage Hannah in love for the first time, to the parents gathering desperate for news, to the 16 year old Syrian refugee trying to rescue his little brother, to the police psychologist who must identify the gunmen, to the students taking refuge in the school theatre, all experience the most intense hours of their lives, where evil and terror are met by courage, love and redemption.
I have to start off my review by saying that there was so much more to this story than what I was first expecting. This book made me sit up and take notice from the very first page! The plot itself is a rollercoaster ride but the characters who have found themselves in this terrible situation also made it even more compelling for me. As I sat down to write this review I thought about each character and how much they all brought to the story. How this event impacted all of them and how their stories combined to create something powerful, dark and at times haunting too.
I felt the tension throughout and even when I wasn’t reading this book I was thinking about it. Three Hours shows you the students and their teachers who are caught up in this nightmare situation. You meet the police and experience their efforts to investigate who is behind everything along with seeing the anguish faced by parents as they wait anxiously for news. I thought the use of flashbacks to earlier in the day helped to build up an even deeper connection with the characters along with letting me take a breath. It allowed that little bit of relief even just for a short time from some of the intensity and the pressure. All of these different threads came together to create an addictive story and also to show the strength of these characters.
The fact that this book takes place over three hours really makes an impact. I guess in the grand scheme of things three hours doesn’t really seem all that long. However put yourself in the characters shoes and that time becomes a terrible and harrowing experience. The entire book brought forward different emotions and I have to admit that I had tears in my eyes as I finished the final page. Three Hours is a story that made me think about love, hate, fear and everything in between!