by Rosamund Lupton
Pub Date 17 Oct 2019
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An intense exploration of fear and violence, courage and redemption, from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Sister
In a rural English village in the middle of a snowstorm, the unthinkable happens: the school is under siege.
From the wounded headmaster barricaded in the library, to teenage Hannah in love for the first time, to the police psychologist who must identify the gunmen, to the terrified 8-year-old Syrian refugee, to the kids sheltering in the school theatre still rehearsing Macbeth, all must find the courage to stand up to evil and try to save the people they love . . .
'Beautifully, elegantly written, SO gripping, intelligent, timely, affecting and moving' - Marian Keyes
'An incredible, unbelievably powerful book. It’s taut, it’s appalling, it’s uplifting, it’s extraordinary. Simply stunning.' - Dinah Jefferies
‘Wow! This is a stunner of a book. Staggeringly good.’ - Jane Fallon
'Rosamund Lupton's best book yet, and that is high praise. A monster story for our fractious historical moment. Chilling, suspenseful, humane and brave.' - William Landay
'Beautifully written, emotionally note-perfect and nail-bitingly tense.' - Tammy Cohen
'This is an incredible novel: a heady combination of elegant writing, nuanced characterisation, deep emotion and heart-stopping tension.' - Elizabeth Brooks
'Heartbreaking, warm, terrifying, perceptive and grippingly page turning, this novel will have you up to the small hours desperate to find out the fate of the little school in the heart of rural England.' - Kate Hamer