I inhaled this book in a day.
Three Hours is about a school, in Somerset, under siege by a shooter. The narrative follows different characters: various children within the school, teachers, parents and law enforcement.
The book raises issues of what can happen when an individual is lonely, vulnerable and taken advantage of. It also raises subjects of terrorism and racial discrimination against innocent and, also, vulnerable individuals in their own unique circumstances.
I think what shocked and struck me most whilst reading this book was that this could truly happen to any institution, any where in the world. I feel like as someone living in the UK, I find myself so distant and unable to relate to the shootings happening in America more frequently. I’m aware that terrorist attacks happen in the UK, but it’s a lot rarer to hear of instances of shootings – in particular, school shootings that are more typical to the US. This thought process scared me because it shows what can happen when someone is isolated or treated badly by peers. It teaches us that, no matter how far we think we are from being attacked, we have no clue when or where bad things can happen. This book opened my eyes to the realisation that everybody is vulnerable and should be taken care of.
I couldn’t recommend this enough. For some reason, I’m attracted to these types of stories – one of my favourite books is We Need to Talk About Kevin. It’s a fascinating, yet gripping, read that will keep you completely hooked throughout.
This is also a perfect lockdown read – considering the school is in lockdown! Go read it – there are no excuses.