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.
– 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
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