'If you read only one thriller this year; make it this one' Daily Mail
'Gob-smackingly, heart-stoppingly, breath-holdingly brilliant' Ruth Jones
THREE HOURS TO SAVE THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE
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.
A TOP 10 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
THE TIMES THRILLER OF THE YEAR
A BEST BOOK OF 2020 IN THE SUNDAY TIMES, TIMES, GUARDIAN, MAIL, MIRROR, LITERARY REVIEW, STYLIST, RED AND GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
A TIMES & SUNDAY TIMES THRILLER OF THE MONTH
'Brilliant' Lee Child, Better off Dead
'A brave, timely and intricately crafted work' Emma Stonex, The Lamplighters
'Superb' Kate Mosse, The City of Tears
'It's beautifully, elegantly written, SO gripping, intelligent, timely, affecting and moving' Marian Keyes, Again, Rachel
'A brilliant literary thriller... moving, masterly' Sunday Times
'Kept us on the edge of our seats from start to finish' Independent
'A novel that you live rather than merely read' Daily Telegraph
'Amazing' Davina McCall, Menopausing
'An electrifying, pulse-racing novel' Red
'Wow! This is a stunner of a book, staggeringly good' Jane Fallon, Just Got Real
'An emotionally devastating and beautifully observed literary thriller' Observer
'Astonishing, powerful, terrifying, heartbreaking' Emma Flint, Little Deaths
'Intersperses scenes of breath-sucking tension with stirring meditations on human nature' Guardian
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This is a fiercely riveting thriller about a three-hour siege at a Somerset school, but to call it simply a thriller feels woefully inadequate. Framed within those tense 180 minutes is a beautiful and moving study of humanity, as various characters—teachers, pupils, desperate parents, counter-terrorist police—reveal fortitude, courage, love, hatred, fear and countless other emotions in the most intense circumstances. Three Hours may provide a chilling portrait of how atrocity and terror can emerge in modern society but it’s also a hugely uplifting tribute to the strength of human spirit.
Astonishingly good read
This book will have you in tears of sadness and joy at the braveness of others and the brute force power of hate versus love.
An awesome read
A powerful, moving and touching book. Even though the incident described in this book was horrible, there was a beautiful human story inside. Lots of them, in fact. This book would genuinely touch your soul.
So many themes run through this novel demonstrating real talent. Thank you a wonderful read and images of events unfolding on every page.