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**BLOG TOUR** Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton

In a Somerset school, the unimaginable has happened: gunmen are on the loose, stalking the grounds and corridors. The school is on lockdown, some more secure than others, each person focused on one thing: survival. With one person already seriously injured, the police have a race against time to identify the gunmen before a massacre occurs.

Ever since reading Sister in 2010, Rosamund Lupton has been one of those authors whose books I always look forward to. I was absolutely thrilled, therefore, to be given the opportunity to share my review of her latest book Three Hours as part of the blog tour. I knew that this was going to be a book that I would enjoy, buy I was not prepared for the emotions that I would go through whilst reading.

Told in real time, the siege has a very true to life feel about it as we see it from the perspective of all those involved. As someone who works in a similar environment and has had experience of a staged lock down situation, I was able to immediately put myself in the pages of the book and wonder how I would react if I were placed in the same terrifying circumstances. The bravery and resilience shown by the staff and pupils was immense and I was in awe at how some of the characters responded to this inconceivable horror. From the teenage girl who tries everything in her power to save her headteacher, to the deputy head who is fighting depression yet showing tremendous courage to protect others, we witness the best of people in the worst of situations.

I was impressed by the stoicism of the children and staff in the theatre as they continued with their Macbeth rehearsal. The parallels between what the children were rehearsing and what was going on outside were evident, with power and manipulation being common themes. Macbeth is my favourite Shakespeare play and I was delighted to see it playing such a huge part in the culmination of the plot.

My favourite character in the book was Rafi, the teenage boy who has escaped untold terror in Syria with his young brother, Basi. My heart really went out to both boys as they found themselves involved in yet another terrifying incident, Rafi’s love for his sibling shining through. It was heartbreaking reading what they had been through and Rosamund Lupton’s writing really highlighted the dangers faced by child refugees.

With such an emotive, hard-hitting plot, it may sound strange to say that I found Three Hours a very heart-warming story. At a time when true horrors were being experienced, we saw the very best of human nature and it is a huge lesson in how important it is to stand together against acts of terror. It may only be January, but I think it is safe to say that this will be one of my favourite reads of the year – the plot will stay with me for a long time to come.

With thanks to Viking Books UK, Ellie Hudson and Rosamund Lupton.

 

The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton

23310342I received this proof-copy from Net Galley in return for an honest review.

Ever since reading ‘Sister’ and ‘Afterwards’ I had been eagerly anticipating Rosamund Lupton’s third offering. The joy of this author’s books is always having to expect the unexpected as they are not as formulaic as other suspense books I have read. This was no exception.

Yasmin and her daughter Ruby have arrived in Alaska to meet up with Matt, her film-maker husband only to be met by officials who break the news to her that her husband has died in a devastating fire. Refusing to believe what she is hearing, the story follows the two main characters on their terrifying journey across the formidable Alaskan terrain, desperate to prove that Matt is still alive.

Lupton succeeds in creating a clear image of the desolate yet beautiful landscape and makes it even more poignant by having much of the story told by Ruby, who we soon find out is deaf. The fear of loneliness is a recurring theme, especially for Ruby, for whom darkness is the enemy.

Although this did not have the shock factor of ‘Sister’, I enjoyed this just as much, and struggled to put it down. The only downside is now having to wait so long for the author’s next book!

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