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. 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.
Today is my stop on the tour for Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton. Wow, what a book to start 2020!
When I saw the synopsis of the book I knew it was going to a memorable read. It was so topical and the subject matter itself was sensitive and controversial. But Rosamund has taken us on a journey that was utterly unforgivable. what I have experienced was a mastery of story crafting and story telling. You should have seen my face while I was reading it. The tension and the suspense! I could not put this book down.
I have read a few books in the past about school shooting and Three Hours was the best I have read so far. What I loved the most about this book, and in my humble opinion made this book one of the most unforgettable one for me was the way Rosamund unfolded the story. It was told from various perspectives as time went on. Each perspective has different focus which added so much more dimensions to the story. We as readers were able to experience the event just as the characters in the story did. It was gripping and utterly suspenseful.
The writing is phenomenal. Rosamund was able to capture the ugliest side of a human being but was also able to portrait the most beautiful characters of what it meant to be humane with grace: love, courage, hope.
Three Hours is dark and heartbreaking but it is also hopeful and inspirational. It really was amazing! Highly highly recommended.
Thank you so much Ellie and Viking Books for sending me this beautiful copy to review!
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