Rosamund Lupton

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Three Hours

book | Fiction | Sep 2019
UK & Comm → Viking (Ed. Venetia Butterfield)

Three hours is 180 minutes or 10, 800 seconds.

It is a morning at work, a performance of Macbeth, a snowy trek through the woods.

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

Or it is infinite when describing the sacrifices we would make for those we love.


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Forlaget Turbulenz
Meulenhoff Boekerij

An incredible, unbelievably powerful book. The heart-stopping tension is so real it hurts, but it's the deeply moving courage that makes you cry. An utterly plausible, terrifying book that should come with a health warning: this will hurt your heart. I forgot how to breathe as it explored what it means to be human - for better or for worse. It's taut, it's tight, it's appalling, it's uplifting, it's extraordinary. Simply stunning.

Dinah Jefferies

Beautifully, elegantly written, SO gripping, intelligent, timely, affecting and moving.

Marian Keyes

Unbearably tense and emotionally note-perfect, Three Hours is a first-rate thriller that reaches in through your throat and grabs hold of your heart and doesn't let go until the very last page.

Tammy Cohen
author of They All Fall Down and When She Was Bad

This is an incredible novel: a heady combination of elegant writing, nuanced characterisation, deep emotion and heart-stopping tension. I was torn, all the way through, between wanting to slow down in order to relish the detail, and wanting to speed up in order to find out what was going to happen.

Elizabeth Brooks
author of Call of the Curlew

Wow! This is a stunner of a book [...] staggeringly good.

Jane Fallon
bestselling author of My Sweet Revenge, Faking Friends and Getting Rid of Matthew

Three Hours is a brilliant novel - moving, relevant and honest. Rosamund Lupton takes us through the story of a siege in an English school, building on the tension and our emotions as the story speeds to its conclusion. She handles difficult subjects with sensitivity and intelligence, focusing on the heroism of the individual. An exceptional and heartbreaking read.

Jenny Quintana
author of The Missing Girl

There's no one else writing quite like Rosamund Lupton in fiction today - the way she combines high tension thrillers with a compassionate and humane take on the world is unique. Three Hours is exceptional - at turns heartbreaking, warm, terrifying, perceptive and grippingly page-turning, this novel will have you up to the small hour desperate to find out the fate of a little school in the heart of rural England.

Kate Hamer
author of The Girl in the Red Coat

Lupton tells her story with searing beauty and unbearable tension. Exquisite. Compassionate. Painful. Fantastic. A word of powerful imagination that wears its intelligence lightly. Absolutely terrifying and nail-biting. Don't read this if you want to be able to put it down.

Kate London
author of Gallowstree Lane

Three Hours is Rosamund Lupton's best book yet, and that is high praise. A monster story for our fractious historical moment -- the age of the internet and of Columbine, of terror and mass migration -- when the monsters often look an awful lot like our own children. Chilling, suspenseful, humane, and brave.

William Landay
author of Dagger Award-winning Mission Flats

Mind-blowing. It's so fast-paced and credible that at times I felt like I was watching rolling news coverage of a real incident where I knew the victims. I had that same pulse-racing, queasy feeling -- the same inability to look away. It's a horrifying story but told with such compassion and humanity. A large cast of characters and yet you feel genuinely emotionally engaged with each one. Amazing.

Francesca Jakobi
author of Bitter

Three Hours has a voice all of its own. Character and plot leap out at you from the first line. Rosamund Lupton makes you race through the pages with her irresistible storytelling. Impossible to stop until you reach the poignant end!

Jane Corry
author of My Husband's Wife

I read Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton in two days, in awe. It's breathtaking. A modern rumination on the issues that divide 21st century life, a celebration of refugees, of mental health, of love and hope and bravery. I loved it more than I can say. 

Gillian McAllister
author of Everything But The Truth

Three Hours is one of the most exhilarating reading experiences I've ever had. Rosamund Lupton takes a dark, painful subject and turns it into a novel full of hope and compassion. An amazing achievement.

Emma Healey, author of Elizabeth is Missing

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