Three hours

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3 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 180 minutes to discover who you will die for and what men will kill for. In rural Somerset in the middle of a blizzard, the unthinkable happens: a school is under siege. Told from the point of view of the people at the heart of it, from the wounded headmaster in the library, unable to help his trapped pupils and staff, to teenage Hannah in love for the first time, to the parents gathering desperate for news, to the 16 year old Syrian refugee trying to rescue his little brother, to the police psychologist who must identify the gunmen, to the students taking refuge in the school theatre, all experience the most intense hours of their lives, where evil and terror are met by courage, love and redemption.

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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

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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

‘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

Additional information

Weight 256 g
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2 cm
Author

Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

307

Language

English

Edition

1st paperback ed

Dewey

823.92 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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