THE TIMES THRILLER OF THE YEAR AND A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
'If you read only one thriller this year, make it this one: it is that good' DAILY MAIL
'Gripping...impossible to forget. It should be on every reader's bookshelf' MICK HERRON
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.
WHAT EVERYONE'S SAYING ABOUT THREE HOURS
'I read Three Hours in two days, in awe. I loved it more than I can say' GILLIAN MCALLISTER
'Superb' KATE MOSSE
'I love crime fiction which has an emotional pull, and this one is amazing' CLARE MACKINTOSH
'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
'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
'Brilliant' LEE CHILD
'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
- SHORTLISTED FOR THE THEAKSTON OLD PECULIER CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2021
- LONGLISTED FOR THE GOLDSBORO BOOKS GLASS BELL AWARD 2021
- A BEST BOOK OF 2020 IN THE SUNDAY TIMES, TIMES, GUARDIAN, MAIL, EXPRESS, MIRROR, LITERARY REVIEW, STYLIST, RED AND GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
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.