Three Hours

Three Hours : The Top Ten Sunday Times Bestseller

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THREE HOURS TO SAVE THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE

SHORTLISTED FOR THE THEAKSTON OLD PECULIER CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2021
LONGLISTED FOR THE GOLDSBORO BOOKS GLASS BELL AWARD 2021

A TOP 10 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
THE TIMES THRILLER OF THE YEAR
A BEST BOOK OF 2020 IN THE SUNDAY TIMES, TIMES, GUARDIAN, MAIL, EXPRESS, MIRROR, LITERARY REVIEW, STYLIST, RED AND GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
A TIMES & SUNDAY TIMES THRILLER OF THE MONTH
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In rural Somerset in the middle of a blizzard, the unthinkable happens: a school is under siege.

Pupils and teachers 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 hours, all must find the courage to stand up to evil and save the people they love.
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WHAT EVERYONE'S SAYING ABOUT THREE HOURS

'If you read only one thriller this year; make it this one: it is that good' DAILY MAIL

'Superb' KATE MOSSE

'It's beautifully, elegantly written, SO gripping, intelligent, timely, affecting and moving' MARIAN KEYES

'A brilliant literary thriller... moving, masterly' SUNDAY TIMES

'Kept us on the edge of our seats from start to finish' INDEPENDENT

'Brilliant' LEE CHILD

'Gob-smackingly, heart-stoppingly, breath-holdingly brilliant' RUTH JONES

'A novel that you live rather than merely read' DAILY TELEGRAPH

'Amazing' DAVINA MCCALL

'An electrifying, pulse-racing novel' RED

'Wow! This is a stunner of a book, staggeringly good' JANE FALLON

'An emotionally devastating and beautifully observed literary thriller' OBSERVER

'Astonishing, powerful, terrifying, heartbreaking' EMMA FLINT

'Three Hours intersperses scenes of breath-sucking tension with stirring meditations on human nature' SARA COLLINS, GUARDIAN

'A brave, timely and intricately crafted work' EMMA STONEX
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 20mm | 256g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9780241374511
  • 2,878

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Three Hours is both a gripping thriller and a beautiful meditation on the nature of family, friendship, courage and unintended - lethal - consequences. Superb.
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Three Hours is both a gripping thriller and a beautiful meditation on the nature of family, friendship, courage and unintended - lethal - consequences. Superb. Wow! This is a stunner of a book. Staggeringly good -- Jane Fallon ASTONISHING. Powerful, terrifying, heartbreaking It's beautifully, elegantly written, SO gripping, intelligent, timely, affecting and moving -- Marian Keyes There's no one else writing quite like Rosamund Lupton in fiction today - the way she combines high tension with a compassionate and humane take on the world is unique. Three Hours is exceptional - at turns heart-breaking, warm, terrifying, perceptive and grippingly page turning -- Kate Hamer Three Hours is Rosamund Lupton's best book yet, and that is high praise. A monster story for our fractious historical moment -- the age of the internet and of Columbine, of terror and mass migration -- when the monsters often look an awful lot like our own children. Chilling, suspenseful, humane, and brave -- William Landay An incredible, unbelievably powerful book... I forgot how to breathe as it explored what it means to be human - for better or for worse. It's taut, it's tight, it's appalling, it's uplifting, it's extraordinary. Simply stunning -- Dinah Jefferies This is an incredible novel: a heady combination of elegant writing, nuanced characterisation, deep emotion and heart-stopping tension. I was torn, all the way through, between wanting to slow down in order to relish the detail, and wanting to speed up in order to find out what was going to happen' -- Elizabeth Brooks I read Three Hours in two days, in awe. It's breathtaking. A modern rumination on the issues that divide 21st century life, a celebration of refugees, of mental health, of love and hope and bravery. I loved it more than I can say' -- Gillian McAllister Three Hours is about hate crime, but what rings out from its pages - what is likely to stay with you long after you've read that magnificent last line - is love. I wanted to read Three Hours slowly to savour every beautiful word, yet it is so compelling that I couldn't put it down. This one is destined for the best-sellers list, I reckon, and rightly so. It is phenomenal -- Fiona Mitchell Beautifully written, emotionally note-perfect and nail-bitingly tense. It's BRILLIANT -- Tammy Cohen I finished Three Hoursin the wee small hours of this morning. It's mind blowing. I'm still feeling jittery. It's so fast-paced and credible that at times I felt like I was watching rolling news coverage of a real incident where I knew the victims. I had that same pulse-racing, queasy feeling - the same inability to look away. It's a horrifying story but told with such compassion and humanity. A large cast of characters and yet you feel genuinely emotionally engaged with each one... Amazing -- Francesca Jakobi Three Hoursis a brilliant novel - moving, relevant and honest. Rosamund Lupton takes us through the story of a siege in an English school, building on the tension and our emotions as the story speeds to its conclusion. She handles difficult subjects with sensitivity and intelligence, focusing on the heroism of the individual. An exceptional and heartbreaking read -- Jenny Quintana Lupton tells her story with searing beauty and unbearable tension. Exquisite. Compassionate. Painful. Fantastic. A work of powerful imagination that wears its intelligence lightly. Absolutely terrifying and nail-biting. Don't read this if you want to be able to put it down. -- Kate London Three Hours has a voice all of its own. Character and plot leap out at you from the first line. Rosamund Lupton makes you race through the pages with her irresistible storytelling. Impossible to stop until you reach the poignant end! -- Jane Corry I've just finished reading this. Exceptional - so well planned and written. I'm also in awe of Rosamund Lupton -- Sarah Edghill Like a breath of icy air. . . Not since Smilla's Feeling for Snow have I shivered like this. -- Emma Donoghue on 'The Quality of Silence' Like Kate Atkinson, Patricia Highsmith and Ruth Rendell * New York Times on 'Sister' * Devastatingly good, and announces the arrival of a truly original talent * Daily Mail on 'Sister' * Three Hours is one of the most exhilarating reading experiences I've ever had. Rosamund Lupton takes a dark, painful subject and turns it into a novel full of hope and compassion. An amazing achievement. -- Emma Healey, bestselling author of 'Elizabeth is Missing' and 'Whistle in the Dark'
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About Rosamund Lupton

Rosamund Lupton is the author of Sister, a BBC Radio 4 "Book at Bedtime", a Sunday Times and New York Timesbestseller, 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 (also a Richard and Judy pick) were Sunday Timesbestsellers. Her books have been published in over thirty languages.
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Rating details

12,213 ratings
4.21 out of 5 stars
5 48% (5,813)
4 33% (4,018)
3 14% (1,706)
2 4% (459)
1 2% (217)
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