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  • Amazing

    I was gripped from beginning to end. I was with each and everyone of them, willing them on, wanting the police to find out who it was. Unputdownable, one of the best reads in a long time. Five stars.

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  • Wow, a gripping read

    I have literally just finished reading this book, I am sat here my heart is pounding, and a single tear runs down my cheek, what a read, despite this not being out until the beginning of January I have to put it in my top reads of 2019. This is most definitely a book to look out for early 2020. Gripping, engrossing, thrilling, heart pounding, exhilarating, terrifying. When the pupils of Cliff Heights School arrive for their daily lessons little did they know that the next three hours, 180 minutes or 10,800 seconds. Would possibly be the longest three hours of the pupils lives, the most scariest, and life changing. When their school is under siege, the headmaster Matthew Marr is injured and two pupils Hannah and David who have undergone first aid are battling to do what they can to save him, until emergency services can get to him. The pupils are in several different locations, with a gunman walking up and down a corridor outside where some of them are situated, another one in the woods outside, but is there a third one? With snow falling, the weather is hampering a rescue. Rafi Bukhari and his younger brother are refugees from Syria the headmaster has brought them to Somerset, and they are with a good foster family and have just settled into school life, after seeing atrocities in their young lives that no one should have to see, there are flashbacks given in the story as to what they went through to escape Syria, to get to the UK. Never to see their parents again. Beth Alton is desperate to find where her son is, as he is not in any of the places the other pupils are, she goes over everything they have been through over the previous few months, from being bullied, to finding and reading his diary. She desperately keeps calling Jamie’s mobile wondering if he is dead or alive. Det Inspector Rose Polstein is in charge of trying to work out who and why the school is being attacked and by who, she is a Forensic Psychologist assigned to her are three officers she has never worked with DS Thandie Simmonds, DS Amal Ayari, and DC George Hail they have their work cut out trying to find out any information they can, anyone with a grudge, ex employee’s or ex pupils from the school. Simon Letwynd Bronze Commander in charge of the armed men on the ground, once the know what they are dealing with. parents all anxiously waiting for news about their children, all sitting in a hall together, sometimes silent, sometimes trying to guess who is to blame.

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  • A Masterpiece!

    I’ve been a fan of Rosamund Lupton’s writing ever since reading Sister. It was the author's understated, subtle, elegant, yet effective writing style that won me over then, just as it is with Three Hours. A school is under siege. Students of varying ages are trapped in different buildings and rooms, as are teachers, and the headmaster, trying to keep each other alive, in the library, the pottery room barricading the doors with books and their own bodies. Teenagers are rehearsing Macbeth in the school theatre, and one boy is trotting through the snow in a blizzard to make sure his little brother is safe. From everyone inside the school and the parents desperately waiting for news, to the police psychologist who must identify the gunmen, all experience the most intense three hours of their lives. A standalone thriller, I particularly like that this story is packed with emotion and many moving moments that never results in the plot losing momentum, nor lacking thrills or excitement. A powerful and affecting story set in rural Somerset, it is topical and highly relevant to current events. Told through the eyes of those inside the school building at the time, the reader gets to witness to the sheer terror, confusion and disbelief about what is happening. Three Hours is an explosive mix of raw emotions and hard realities. It is a cocktail of what is untainted and pure in everyone versus the very worst. Three hours is complicated, stunning, riveting and absolutely impossible to put down. I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my request, from Penguin Books (UK) Viking via NetGalley and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • Suspenseful!

    I was holding my breath while I was reading this book. It’s one of those books you can’t put down. Just brilliant. Although I thought the end was a little sudden. But still brilliant.

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  • Full of suspence

    This book is so exciting couldnt put it down. Characters were very real you felt a real empathy with them. So well written and an imporant story to tell. Excellent.

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