*Book Review* The Three

A while ago I ran a competition to win a copy of Sarah Lotz new book The Three. It took a while for a copy to turn up for me to review and I was itching to read it after reading the ebook teaser and seeing the trailer for it.

It was so different from my usual taste in books I had high hopes it would be a good read. I had planned to read it asap but as you know I had a last minute place on a training course for work taking up 3 weeks of my time. 3 weeks in which I had virtually no time to do anything else but concentrate on the task at hand, so the book has been patiently waiting to be read sat on my bookcase awaiting its turn. And let me tell you it was completely worth the wait. I read the whole book in under one day.

Stephen King said The Three is really wonderful, a mix of Michael Chrichton and Shirley Jackson. Hard to put down and vastly entertaining.

Big words and I have to agree, here is an taster of what the book is about.

‘They’re here … The boy. The boy watch the boy watch the dead people oh Lordy there’s so many … They’re coming for me now. We’re all going soon. All of us. Pastor Len warn them that the boy he’s not to–’ The last words of Pamela May Donald (1961 – 2012)
Black Thursday. The day that will never be forgotten. The day that four passenger planes crash, at almost exactly the same moment, at four different points around the globe.
There are only four survivors. Three are children, who emerge from the wreckage seemingly unhurt. But they are not unchanged. And the fourth is Pamela May Donald, who lives just long enough to record a voice message on her phone. A message that will change the world. The message is a warning.
In THE THREE, Sarah Lotz has created a chilling world in which normality is a thing of the past and suspicion runs rife through society. A gripping read that pulls at your imagination and unearths your deepest fears.

I loved the way the book was set out, starting off as a book but then becoming a book within a book kind of. Split onto sections almost like it is a real life account being catalogued written by completely different people. As the book is set in different parts of the world, UK, Japan, USA and Africa, for me it felt like it was giving you a more personal insight into the story and how it happened from more personal points of view. It gives a more indepth view almost to the point of almost forgetting it actually hasn’t happened in real life. As a fan of biographys and reading about real life events I loved this format and it worked perfectly with the story. Changing from one person account to another as it slowly (not too slowly) built the story without actually telling it if that makes sense.

At first I was intrigued by the whole supernatural aspect but it gave way to all different kinds of theories from Pastor Lens Pamelites, to aliens and a whole host of other options. Reading about the way people interpret and react to things differently, could there actually be aliens or was this God’s way of ridding evil from humanity?

Written from the point of Elspeth Martins who is writing the book Black Thursday about the events that day and the three children who survived the 4 awful plane crashes or did 4 of them survive? It takes you on her journey, shows you the things she came across and discovered whilst researching her and what happened to her afterwards. Would she find out exactly how the children survived and why? Where they still the same children who boarded the flights? And was Pamela May Donald right in her message? And how on earth do you pick up the pieces after a tragedy of this magnitude?

I was gripped the whole way through wanting to read more and know more. A page turner at it’s best and a 5/5 from me.

You can find this book on Amazon, watch the trailer below or read the free ebook sampler

*Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book to read and write about my thoughts. All thoughts and opinions are my own*

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  1. Oooh this sounds fascinating, will add it to my list of 'must reads'! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

  2. ooooh sounds good! great review too, glad it finally turned up for you – I know how much you were waiting for it! x

  3. Brilliant review, I read this book too and it really got me thinking, very intriguing book!!! thanks for linking up with #ReadWithMe I have tweeted and pinned this post x