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Three Hours

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  7,950 ratings  ·  1,084 reviews
The extraordinary new novel everyone is talking about from the Sunday Times best-selling author of Sister

Three hours is 180 minutes or 10,800 seconds.

It is a morning's lessons, a dress rehearsal of Macbeth, a snowy trek through the woods.

It is an eternity waiting for news. Or a countdown to something terrible.

It is 180 minutes to discover who you will die for and what men
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 9th 2020 by Viking
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Lyn Ryan I thought this was a fairly big flaw in an otherwise pretty tautly scripted thriller. Why would the children (and their teachers) leave what they thou…moreI thought this was a fairly big flaw in an otherwise pretty tautly scripted thriller. Why would the children (and their teachers) leave what they thought of as a safe haven with some hair-brained scheme to save the pottery class? How could they have saved them? With some branches and quotes from Shakespeare? They would have simply been mown down by the automatic weapons which the terrorists wielded. No sane teacher would have allowed them to go outside. And it's not like there wasn't another solution available to the author: one of the children could have discovered the bomb in the props area where it was apparently hidden. This is much more pedestrian than the poetic re-enactment of Macbeth, I realise, but slightly more realistic. (less)
Sandy Heinsch They haven't released this that I can tell anywhere but other than purchasing it. Not at any of out libraries, Audible, Scribd, etc. Poor marketing or…moreThey haven't released this that I can tell anywhere but other than purchasing it. Not at any of out libraries, Audible, Scribd, etc. Poor marketing or planned? (less)

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Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself" (Rumi 1207-1273)

Rosamund Lupton begins this superb novel that could have been ripped from our troubled world's recent news headlines, with the above quote, for in the midst of the nightmare that descends on a rural Somerset school on a cold, dark and snowy November morning, teachers and children's lives are to be changed forever. Their courage, love, fortitude and sense of community rises to the surface as their innocence is shattere
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, thriller
Rosamund Lupton is a gifted author that masterfully develops plots, where great characters portray human emotions and relationships in scenarios that test what it means to love and hate, to be fearful and brave, and how selfless and frightened people often excel in times of danger.

Three Hours is the story of a school campus being held hostage by a gunman with murderous intent. Unfortunately, a scenario that has played out for real in our society with shocking news coverage. Rosamund dra
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book from an outstanding author. The start of the book is extremely dramatic and tense with students and teachers hiding in classrooms and the school theatre from gunmen and there are some superb images such as children piling books against the library door to prevent entry. This is every parents, teachers and students nightmare but the book goes deeper into issues that are so pertinent and relevant that from time to time I had to pause in the reading to reflect.

As well as th
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh no! I’m still breathing heavy! It’s stunningly hooking, terrifyingly growing on you and even though the high tension story building gave you nightmares and so many times you want to scream and say; “enough is enough”(as like most Americans say right now!!), taking breaks to clear your mind, you cannot put it down because you have to… correction: You need to see what’s gonna happen next.

3 hours: 180 minutes: 10,800 seconds! TICK TOCK! TICK TOCK!

We’re taking our first steps into the school lo
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton is my first book by this author and my god what an emotional start.
I read this in 2 days with my heart either in my throat or my stomach it has so many up down moments ( I now know what an emotional rollercoaster is now 😢)
The story is just horrifying (a school under siege with children of all ages inside) but the character's in this book get stronger and you fall a little in love with them, you also feel like you're there on the sidelines cheering for them to make
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars rounded up to 3.
There is no doubt this is a well-written book that addresses relevant social and political issues. When I read the synopsis and the many positive reviews, it was a book I was anxious to read. Since it is not yet available in North America I ordered a paperback copy from overseas. I can understand why the book has gained so much praise, but I regret that I was disappointed.

A school in England is comprised of two main buildings. There is the Old School where classes ar
Hannah and Rafi were holding hands as they hurried through the woods to their class – they didn’t want to be late. It was cold, and the light fall of snow worried Rafi – so much that he hurried away from Hannah without an explanation. He needed to get to his little brother, eight-year-old Basi, so his fears wouldn’t overcome him. The noise was unexpected; when Rafi saw it, it took him back to the bad times when his parents were murdered. He must get to Basi…

Students mingled between Old School an
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cliff Heights School – located in rural Somerset. Progressive, liberal, co-ed, for children aged 4-18.

It consists of several buildings all isolated from one another:
New School – the largest, and the closest to the road. Contains most of the classrooms.
Old School – on the edge of the woods rests the original Victorian structure where the offices, library, and one English class are located. An enclosed glass walkway leads to a newer addition – the theater.
The Pottery Room – a shed deep in the wood
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, contemporary
Quick but a very intense read!

A secular school in the English countryside is targeted by masked gunmen who shot the Headmaster and threaten the children. The book covers a three hour span during which the children barricade themselves inside the school and police is trying to negotiate with the gunmen to prevent any more shots being fired.

I read the book in a couple of days, completely engrossed in the story. This is a chilling and terrifying read that had my heart racing in the critical moments
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton was a book that I could not put down and read in one day.
A school in Somerset is under siege. There are masked gunmen on the premise and the headmaster has been shot. Groups of children and staff have barricaded themselves into classrooms. Emergency services and police can't get into the school and are trying to negotiate with the gunmen. There is a snowstorm outside and panicked parents begin to arrive.
I really enjoyed getting to know the characters in this book.
Peter Boyle
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
I've just had a look at some of the media's reviews of Three Hours and I have to say I'm a bit baffled. "One of the most exhilarating reading experiences I've ever had", "This could be one one of the thrillers of the new decade... It is that good". I feel like I've been reading a different book entirely.

The story is set during three hours of a rural English school under siege. Gunmen storm the building early one morning and shoot the principal, injuring him seriously. The children scatter to hid
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
But then the story cant not be.....
A thriving tolerant and liberal independent school in Somerset set within its own forest land with various out buildings comes under attack via a bomb and ‘terrorists with guns’ and as the title would imply there is ‘3 Hours’ to ‘sort it’ and save lives

Its very difficult to say what is good, what is bad, which parts were thrilling and which parts were not so without giving any of the plot away and thus ruining the element(s) of surprise throughout the bo
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very moving, emotional roller-coaster of a novel. It is snowing, November, and we are at a school in rural Somerset, with cliffs on one side and woods surrounding the spread out building – including a theatre, pottery building, and Junior and Senior School (named Old and New School). This book begins with a gunman shooting Headmaster, Matthew Marr, in the head. Dragged into the library by some pupils, the events of that day unfold, as the school goes into lockdown.

Characters include t
Sep 29, 2019 rated it liked it
A Somerset school is under siege, it has been taken over by armed gunmen who have shot the headmaster Mathew Marr. Pupils at the school have barricaded themselves in their classrooms. There has been a snow storm and the police and emergency services are struggling to attend and are trying to find out who has a grudge against the school. Is it a disgruntled ex employee or pupil?

Although the timeline for this story is short, it delivers a chilling and mesmerising read. A tale of courage in adversi
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Three hours is 180 minutes or 10,800 seconds.
It is a morning’s lessons, a dress rehearsal of Macbeth, a snowy trek through the woods.
It’s an eternity waiting for news. Or a countdown to something terrible.
It is 180 minutes to discover who you will die for and what men will kill for.

I am glad I got the chance to be part of the blog tour for Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton. I was reading this book while I was on a plane, travelling to
Love is the most powerful thing there is…

I read this book in one sitting I could not put it down. So beautifully written, the courage, love, compassion, vulnerability and sense of community in this book. It will be one of my favorite reads of this year.

The atmosphere in this book its dark and eerie. It’s a snowy November morning in the small mountainous town of Somerset. School is about to begin, when 16-year-old Rafi walking in school grounds with his younger brother Basi hears a bomb exploding
Liz Barnsley
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Love is the most powerful thing there is”.

So says one character in Rosamund Lupton’s Three Hours, an incredibly powerful, heart breaking and undeniably brilliant novel, the thing is you know, I believe that’s true. If you read this you’ll believe it too.

Three Hours. One School. A life threatening and life changing event.

Reading this book was both the best and most difficult three hours (ironically) I’ve spent inside a story for years. Gripping, almost gently breaking down your defences, that th
Tracy Fenton
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's taken me a couple of days since I finished Three Hours to think about this extraordinary story and what I can write in my review.

Three Hours is based on every parent's worst nightmare - a school siege, young pupils held hostage, teachers being shot and gunmen surrounding the school seemingly uninterested in negotiating.  What makes this particular story stand out from others in this genre is that the school in question is based in Somerset, UK and in the midst of a fierce and unrelenting s
Louise Wilson
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Set in Somerset.

When the pupils of Cliff Heights school arrive that morning they did not k ow that the next three hours would be the most scariest and life changing hours of their lives. Their school is under siege. The headmaster, Matthew Marr has been injured. There is three gunmen. One is walking up and down the corridor, one outside in the woods but where is the third one? The snow has started to fall, hampering the rescue attempt.

This book is a out a hate crime. It's emotionally fraught an
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 rounded down

My issues with this were similar to those with the last book I read (Blood & Sugar) - there are tonnes of rave reviews for both out there so I went in with high expectations, only to find a predictable, averagely-written book with a rote narrative riddled with cliches. Both had relatively large character lists and very little actual character development which are two things which, when in conjunction, are a pet hate of mine. Sigh.

I suppose this is fine if you’re into that sort o
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Three Hours is bestselling author Rosamund Lupton's latest standalone thriller; I particularly love how her novels are packed with emotion and many perceptive and moving moments but that it never results in the plot lacking in terms of thrills and excitement or it being watered down essentially. This is the most powerful and affecting story I have read in a long time and it's timely and topical given that America has a huge problem with youngsters shooting up schools right now. It centres on a t ...more
Alayne Emmett
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was such a good book to read. At times it was very tense as it reminded me of all the awful school shootings in America. Something I find very hard to watch. This book was very well written by an author I’ve read before. I’ve read The Sister which I throughly enjoyed so I was pleased to see she had this one.
I read this very quickly as I just wanted to find out who it was and how it all turns out.
My thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this book in ret
Oct 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
Sounds interesting, might read it very soon
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mindblowing and breathtaking!

A school compound is held hostage by white supremacists, one inside, one outside and possibly a third one out in the woods. The reader is guided through the different sections of the school holding children of different age groups. We learn how each responds to the drama unfolding.
Tension is slowly building on all fronts in this extremely well crafted story. Fast paced, exquisite writing. Indepth characters have me sitting right next to them holding hands, praying al
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, crime
I love Rosamund Lupton and this book was fabulous. Very scary scenario with a school held hostage by a gunman planning to kill so many people. At times like this, some people step up and become heroes while others become frightened and debilitated. Quite often it's not who you expected to behave in a certain way that causes the surprise.

My head and heart experienced a bashing, hope and heartbreak. Three hours of living under the threat of a gunman will live with you forever. A very sensitive sub
C.L. Taylor
Immersive, terrifying, moving, intelligent and highly recommended.
Dannii Elle
I added this book to my list of ones I was immediately interested in and promptly forgot about what exactly it contained. The school shooting this focused on could have been nothing but harrowing to read about but felt that much more shocking for how unprepared I was to discover it here.

I have read a handful of stories featuring the abhorrent circumstances depicted here but none, I believe, have been set in Britain. Facets of this setting felt familiar to me, which only served to, again, heighte
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Three Hours is incredible. This story of a school under siege is horrifying, terrifying and a true emotional rollercoaster. I read it mostly over the course of a day and evening, and ended feeling completely wrung out. I don’t want to say too much, though, because it’s best discovered for yourself.

Cliff Heights School, set amid woodland on the Somerset coast, is the last place you would expect to be terrorised by gunmen over a period of three traumatic hours. We see the story as it unfolds from
Amelia Strydom
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All the stars for an absolutely spellbinding read! I loved it even more than Sister, and that says a lot. I already know that, no matter what amazing books I happen upon in 2020, this will remain in my top 3 reads.

Ms. Lipton has crafted an unforgettable literary thriller that has it all:
1. A setting that is both magical and chilling (in all senses of the word, I was literally cold most of the time). Picture a school in the middle of the woods on a snowy day. A very special school: The architectu
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rosamund Lupton’s debut “Sister” was one of my most frequently-recommended books in the years after it came out, so I was really excited to read her latest offering.

I haven’t read a book this gripping from page 1 in a long time. The opening paragraph is a stunning piece of writing, dropping you right into the action with a wonderfully poetic description of the firing of a gun – the smallest movement of a finger that will change the lives of everyone in this book.

Three Hours was so difficult to p
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