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From the Sunday Times bestselling author of Sister comes an electrifying, pulse-racing new novel that takes us deep into the heart of what it means to be human.

In rural Somerset in the middle of a blizzard, the unthinkable happens: a school is under siege. Three Hours is 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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  • Three Hours

  • THREE HOURS TO SAVE THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE

    A TOP 10 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER & A BEST BOOK OF 2020 IN THE SUNDAY TIMES, TIMES, GUARDIAN, TELEGRAPH, STYLIST, RED AND GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

    A TIMES & SUNDAY TIMES THRILLER OF THE MONTH

    In rural Somerset in the middle of a blizzard, the unthinkable happens: a school is under siege. Children 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.

    'A brilliant literary thriller... moving, masterly' Sunday Times

    'Amazing' Davina McCall

    'Extraordinary... Three Hours is much more than a nail-biting thriller; it is a disquisition on values: of love and hate, of sacrifice for others, of risk-taking and courage' The Times

    'A novel that you live rather than merely read' Telegraph

    'It is early days, but this could be one of the thrillers of the decade. If you read only one thriller this year; make it this one: it is that good' Daily Mail

    'Three Hours intersperses scenes of breath-sucking tension with stirring meditations on human nature' Sara Collins, Guardian

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