In rural Somerset in the middle of a blizzard, the unthinkable happens: a school is under siege. Pupils and teaches barricade themselves into classrooms, the library, the theatre. The headmaster lies wounded in the library, unable to help his trapped students and staff. Outside, a police psychiatrist must identify the gunmen, while parents gather desperate for news. In three intense ours, all must find the courage to stand up to evil and save the people they love.
I firstly want to say a huge thank you to Rosamund Lupton, and Ellie from Penguin Random House/Viking UK for my physical copy, and for giving me the chance to review on the blog tour.
Three Hours is written so the book actually follows three hours, it starts at 9.16am and ends at 12.15pm. I loved that it was written this way, and made me wonder how hard it actually was making sure all of the things in the book could actually happen over that set time. The school has a shooter, and lockdown procedure is happening. But there are kids and teachers all over in different parts of the school, and the school isn’t all in one building either. There is junior school, old school, and a separate pottery room in the woods. When there is a gunman on the loose, how do you know where to go?
The book follows a few different peoples perspectives. To name a few, there is Beth, who’s son Jamie is in the school and isn’t answering his phone. There is Rafi, a refugee from Syria who’s little brother Basi is down in the Junior School building, which is down a private path in the woods, away from the old school building. Hannah is in the library with a lot of other scared kids, and their headteacher who has been hurt bad.
The story had me on the edge of my seat, I needed to know these kids were going to be alright, and if any weren’t going to be alright, who would it be? There were a few shock moments throughout, more so in part 2, and it added a great element to it with a few twists along the way.
I have read one school shooting novel before and it was done so well, it did make me wonder how well this one would stand up against it. But Ms Lupton done great, and I read so much of this in one day. I would recommend this to everyone who likes thrillers and suspense.
Make sure to check out the other stops on the blog tour!!
Out in Hardback now, and paperback on October 29th.