Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year break. I’m dipping my toe back into the world of blogging because I’ve been reading some great books and there’s only so much shouting into the Twitter void a gal can do!
The first book review from me for 2020 is Rosamund Lupton’s Three Hours.
About the author:
ROSAMUND LUPTON’s new novel “Three Hours’ is published in ebook on Monday January 6th, the hardback comes out on Thursday 9th January
Her debut novel ‘Sister’, was a BBC Radio 4 “Book at Bedtime”, a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller, winner of the Strand Magazine critics award and the Richard and Judy Bookclub Readers’ Choice Award. Her next two books ‘Afterwards’ and ‘The Quality of Silence’ were Sunday Times bestsellers. Her books have been published in over thirty languages.
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.
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I read Three Hours back in November, but it is still as clear as day in my head. I think that’s because of a couple of things. Firstly, it is a beautifully written novel, but secondly, it spoke to my heart as a parent. It took one of my worst fears, and realised it on paper. Albeit it in a stunningly eloquent and emotive way, but it really hit me hard.
I knew going into Three Hours that it was not going to be an easy subject to read about. School shootings are sadly becoming more prevalent in today’s increasingly warped world, and any book that deals with it is going to be an emotional gut punch. Bring that location to the UK, as the author has done, and it becomes closer to home (I’m in Ireland) and more tangible.
I, as a rule, tend to stay away from books that involve kids these days. I have no doubt that its since I became a parent. I am hard-wired to feel a constant fear of the “what if?” for my kids, and reading books in which there is the threat of harm etc ramps that up exponentially. So it was definitely with a little trepidation on my part that I picked up Three Hours.
Rosamund Lupton has written a thoroughly compelling book in Three Hours. I felt like I was right there with the characters the whole way through, and I was emotionally wrung out upon finishing it. I had tears in my eyes more than once while reading, and it takes A LOT to make me cry, so that is testament to the strength and depth of feeling in this book.
On the face of it, its about a school siege and told through their viewpoints of the various characters as the actual three hours pass. But it is also about resilience, bravery, honesty, and most importantly, love. Love is the thing. Immeasurable, messy, complicated in many forms, but the nuances in Three Hours will make you see love differently.
Heartbreaking, compelling and utterly brilliant, I loved Three Hours.