“Their lives and stories weren’t their own; and all the different stories he set in motion would play out at the same time, the simultaneity generated by him.”
Published in 2020, Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton is set in a rural English village in the middle of a snowstorm, where the unthinkable happens: the school is under siege. From the brave, wounded headmaster barricaded in the library, to teenage Hannah in love for the first time, to the pregnant police psychologist who must identify the gunmen, to the terrified 8-year-old Syrian refugee, to the kids trapped in the school theatre still rehearsing Macbeth, all must find the courage to stand up to evil and try to save the people they love.
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A terrifying but also uplifting thriller, Three Hours is a gripping story full of fear and suspense.
The tension and desperation feel very real throughout. And with a brilliantly described atmosphere, you really get a feel for both the setting and the emotions that are colliding both inside and outside of the school.
Looking at the situation from the points of view of the teachers and children, police officers and parents, we follow a number of points of view of those experiencing this daunting situation all in a very different way. There are so many different aspects of the story that come together, from an exploration of human values to a reflection on culture and contemporary society, each of which makes this story all the more compelling.
The only thing that has prevented me from giving this a full five stars is that I found the ending far too ambiguous and I had to listen to it twice because I thought I had missed something. And sadly, I still do. It just didn’t feel complete enough for me, as I’m still left wondering a few things and wanting something to tie it all together a little better.
Aside from that, Three Hours is an incredible moving but also claustrophobic thriller where both emotions and tensions are running high. I definitely want to read more by Lupton!
The audiobook is narrated by Gemma Whelan who many will know from Game Of Thrones, and I’ve always enjoyed listening to her voice so I thought the narration was perfect for this. Whelan brilliantly captures all of the emotions of this story and ensures that it’s one that will stick with you.
Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton
Release Date: 6th January 2020
Print Length: 306 pages
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