‘Three Hours’ by Rosamund Lupton

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This was the first book I finished in 2020 and Rosamund Lupton has set a very high standard for the year. Three Hours tells the real-time story of a school in rural England under siege from masked gunmen during a blizzard.

It is a bold and thrilling book which will have you gripped from the very first page. There were a couple of twists towards the end which caused me to audibly gasp.

What could easily have become a story told purely for thrills is given real heart and substance through the backstory of Rafi and Basi, brothers who came to the school as refugees from Syria.

I don’t want to say too much more for fear of offering any spoilers, only to say that Three Hours should make its way straight to the top of your reading list.

Out now, Penguin Viking Buy now