Another Friday, another review from me – why is Friday the perfect time to share my book recommendations? Well, the hope is that many of you will have a weekend to relax and read, so why not share what incredible read I’ve read this week – maybe influence what book you decide to get sucked into, method to madness as they say.
Today’s object of bookish desire is Rosamund Lupton’s newly published novel, Three Hours. Published by Viking Books on the 6th of January in e-book format, then in hardback on the 9th, it is definitely one that everyone needs to pick up and read. It is also available in audible, I am so tempted to use my next Audible credit on it! I’m not sure if you’ve noticed the theme of my Friday posts but the books I’ve reviewed on this blog so far have such a deep concept, Three Hours being one i’d list under that heading.
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.
Usually, when it comes to hugely raved reads, I feel a little tad sceptical but I am also the first to admit when i’m wrong and people, I was so wrong. Three Hours deserves every single piece of praise that it is receiving, Rosamund Lupton has penned a chillingly taut novel that is filled with multiple evocative undercurrents. From the blurb, I was utterly captured by the story that has been weaved perfectly throughout these pages. If Ii could give Three Hours all the stars I would, but it gets all five I have stored away for blow me away reads – it is so worthy of them. Even day after finishing it, my heart still belongs to (some of) the characters that you’ll find here. This review is filled with bookish admiration, as well as for Rosamund’s penmanship BUT I’ve been brief, as to not spoil any aspects of the story which should be experienced in all its hard – hitting, thought provoking glory.
Immediately when you start reading, you know that Rosamund’s writing is going to seep into your heart, she’s going to make you feel every single emotion she possibly can weaponised with only her poetically atmospheric words – from anger to fear, hope to heartbreak. I’m not a reader that usually cries, that being said, I found myself tearing up multiple times while reading Three Hours. We are very quickly coaxed into a dangerous fictional situation with a very real backbone, as a group of students of varying ages and teachers are swept up in a violent situation with the aim of blood shed and nationwide fear. Whoever you are, this is a darkly captivating novel that will chill you to the bone, while the multinarrative unfolds the plotline that will have keep you hooked, chewing at your nails and quite frankly, leave you shook.
As I’ve already said, the characters, well a majority of them, stole my heart – from the police officer desperate to save everyone involved, to the teacher whose priority are the children within her theatre and the headmaster of the school who believes that acts of love are so important. I dare you not to let your heart wrench at the thought of these literary characters being locked in this nightmare. Do you know why it’s impossible? Because this happens, really happens – people go to school, work and their places of worship, not thinking that they won’t ever return. It’s heart-breaking. Rosamund not only writes from the innocents POV’s, but also dissects the psychology and reasoning’s behind the gunmen’s actions – how they’ve spiralled to this point, as well as the environmental factors that have allowed them to do so. It’ll leave you asking so many questions, it’ll make you think about the world that isn’t rose tinted. Three Hours is a tense force to be reckoned with, where three hours can feel like eternity, it can change the way you see the world – stripping away that innocent view, and it can also be the last few hours of your life. 10,800 seconds, doesn’t sound like a lot, right? But it’s long enough to make an impact, it’s also enough time to fight evil and terror with courage, love and redemption.
Not only has Rosamund crafted a powerfully poignant novel, but also created one that will ride home a story experienced by many and one that continues to repeat itself. It will not only leave you with your heart in your throat, but it’ll also unmask a world that creates fear through newspaper headlines, hurtful opinions and a place where people would rather turn to violence than understand what they do not. Three Hours is a must read, so please read it.
If my adoring ramblings of Three Hours has persuaded you to give this book a go, you can grab your copy from any of the following links:
Thanks again for popping along to give my review a read. Have you already read Three Hours? What did you think? Share your thoughts below!
Until next time,