‘The Three’ by Sarah Lotz – Book review and giveaway!

Another book review to share with you today, and yet another when I’m lucky to be able to give a copy of the book away to you too! As always, review first, giveaway at the bottom.

The book, today, is ‘The Three’ by Sarah Lotz – The story is based around what happens after four planes crash, at the same time, all around the world and on three of them there is a lone survivor, a child, who is unhurt. The basic plot line was one that was going to have me intrigued, immediately, the synchronised plane crashes have an eerie feel to them, as well as singular survivors for three of the crashes – I challenge anyone to not want to know what on earth could have caused that, and why?!

I loved the cover, it’s simple but it gives you a glimpse into the story and gives you an idea of what you’re going to encounter. It’s remarkably clever for a cover to do that by doing so little! The only down side of the cover is that the sleeve is a matte effect, black, and it collects finger prints which are a nightmare to get off (hence the photo, sorry).

It’s a long book, coming in at 472 pages, but it’s a real page turner. When I started reading it took a little while to get used to the unconventional format but, even though I was a little distanced by that, I couldn’t put it down! The story is seeped in mystery and has a beautifully subtle undertone of horror – It keeps you hooked from beginning to end because you just Have, To, Know, What’s, Going, To, Happen. I apologise for the daft punctuation but I think it illustrates that sort of feeling that you get when you’re so gripped by a book that you want to skim to the end to find out yet you can’t because you Have to keep reading to find out How and Why.

I mentioned, before, the format and I think that that is one of the cleverest aspects of this book, as well as a thoroughly intriguing plot, because it’s very different but it really really works. The book starts by allowing you to follow the journey of one of the passengers, in one of the planes that will crash but once that part is done you go straight in to the book within a book. This fictional book is made up of ‘factual’ accounts, and research, from various people within this fictional world, all brought together by the fictional author who’s written ‘Black Thursday – From Crash to Conspiracy’. The format is just fantastic because it allows a totally unique insight into the story and allows the author to incorporate so many different characters and personalities without having to invest in any one. Also there’s the unnerving story which feels even more so because it’s written as though it were fact. I absolutely loved the way that this book was written and think that it just worked perfectly with this type of story.

Hard to ignore a recommendation from Stephen King – I’m a massive fan and, so, it definitely put me in the right frame of mind when I started reading and thankfully the book lived up to my hope and I really did enjoy it (as far as you can enjoy something which is very eerie, of course).

Why did the planes go down? Why was there only one survivor in three of those planes? Why was there not a survivor on the fourth plane? What happened to them afterwards? How did the world react?

Well if you want to find out you’ll have to read for yourself! The hard back edition of the book will be available in only a few days time on the 22nd May and you can get it on Amazon – http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Three-Sarah-Lotz/dp/1444770365  You can also enter my giveaway to win a copy of this book – Just see the rafflecopter below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

– You must be 18 or over to enter the giveaway
– The Giveaway is open to residents of the UK only
– The winner will be picked via Rafflecopter
– There will be one winner
– The winner will have 28 days to respond to my email informing them of the win, if they do not respond another winner will be drawn.
– The giveaway runs until midnight on 3rd June 2014
– The winner will need to supply me with their details in order for me to pass those on to the company who’ll supply the prize

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  1. Tracey Peach May 20, 2014 / 9:28 am

    I don't have a favourite author but do love the book Becoming Mrs Walsh

  2. Katies GrazingPages May 20, 2014 / 11:06 am

    I have a few favourite authors. Patrick Ness is one of the first that come to mind. His writting style is incredible but his imagination tops that any day.
    Another is Marion Keyes. She is fantastic! She's a contemporary writer that writes about deeper topics filled with humour. My favourite by her is Rachel's Holiday where we follow Rachel as she goes into rehab. Such an incredible story. Who knew that a story could be so factual but completely hilarious at times.

    Katie | http://www.bloglovin.com/grazingpages

  3. Hannah Clementina May 20, 2014 / 12:40 pm

    A book I read when I was younger called "Wait ti Helen Comes" has always stuck with me. It is a young readers book and I haven't read it in years, but I might just have to go and pick it up!!

  4. Tracy K Nixon May 20, 2014 / 2:42 pm

    I am really loving Victoria Hislop at the mo – I have just finished reading The Island (loved it) and I am now reading The Return!

  5. The Glim Glam May 20, 2014 / 3:11 pm

    I cannot wait to read this book! judging by the reviews I've read so far I'm going to love it!

  6. Sarah@Blusherobsession May 20, 2014 / 5:14 pm

    i have a lots of favourite authors, chevy stevens, karin slaughter, rebecca chance…

  7. Justine Meyer May 20, 2014 / 8:19 pm

    I read anything and everything but love Mandasue Heller, John Grisham, James Patterson to name but a few

  8. Amy May 21, 2014 / 8:17 am

    The Count of Monte Cristo, it's a very favorite book of mine.

  9. cathyj May 21, 2014 / 2:24 pm

    love mystery books and agatha christie

  10. Ailsa Sinclair May 21, 2014 / 5:14 pm

    my all time favourite author is nicholas sparks – love a good romance novel 🙂

  11. Claire Brownbill May 23, 2014 / 7:44 pm

    John Green is currently my favourite author – I love him so much! I recently read a book called The Accident by C.L.Taylor and it was fantastic! Can't wait to review it!




  12. Stevie Fairbairn May 24, 2014 / 5:23 pm

    At the moment I'm on Ken Kesey. I don't know much about his range but I'm going to have a good look.

  13. Isis1981uk May 25, 2014 / 11:41 am

    I love Haruki Murakami & Isabel Allende.

  14. Erica Price May 28, 2014 / 5:55 am

    I read so many things. Really enjoy CJ Sansom

  15. Lorna MacFadyen May 30, 2014 / 9:28 am

    I love getting lost in books! My favourite author is Ian Rankin.

  16. kasza June 1, 2014 / 11:00 am

    I like reading books by lee Child

  17. Alison June 2, 2014 / 4:41 am

    I love lots of authors and books, at the moment John Grisham

  18. Laura Claridge June 2, 2014 / 9:29 am

    My fave authors are Lesley Pearse and Patricia Cornwell! 🙂

  19. techeditor June 2, 2014 / 1:49 pm

    I have favorite authorS (Richard Preston, Laura Hillenbrand, Mary Doria Russell, Dennis Lehane, Joseph Kanon, and a couple others) and favorite bookS CUTTING FOR STONE and THE STORY OF EDGAR SAWTELLE and ATLAS SHRUGGED).

  20. Maria Jane Knight June 2, 2014 / 4:28 pm

    For me it's Sophie Kinsella – I feel every emotion reading her books and I simply cannot put them down! x

  21. Solange June 2, 2014 / 4:36 pm

    Dean Koontz

  22. Rachel June 2, 2014 / 7:20 pm

    I don't have a favorite author rather a list o them – stephen king, kresley cole, poppy z brite, nancy c collins – to name but a few

  23. Lani Nash June 2, 2014 / 7:52 pm

    I love many but my favourites are Margaret Atwood and Stephen King

  24. Anonymous June 2, 2014 / 8:51 pm

    My favourite author is Stephen King

  25. laura avery June 3, 2014 / 6:37 am

    I don't have a fave author but i do read a lot of wartime woman books, Angela huth, Meg hutchinson etc.

  26. Angela Paull June 3, 2014 / 7:52 am

    Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett – epic tale 🙂

  27. IRIELADY June 3, 2014 / 10:20 am

    No favourite author or book really as I'm a bit of a book tart!

  28. Nokinator1 June 3, 2014 / 2:03 pm

    At the moment – John Grisham 🙂

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