The Three by Sarah Lotz

The Three by Sarah Lotz

This is a novel that’s not a novel. A true story that never happened. Black Thursday is a day that will never be forgotten, the day that four planes fell out of the sky in Europe, Africa, Asia and America. There were four survivors, three children and Pamela May Donald. Her last words before her death on the way to hospital were: “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 Three is a book within a book. It is the story of those three children. What we are actually reading is Black Thursday: From Crash to Conspiracy Inside the phenomenon of The Three by Elspeth Martins. The book assumes you know the sequence of events that followed Black Thursday so when you read things like ‘the last conversation before his disappearance’ it catches you by surprise. Have you missed something? Did you accidentally skip a chapter? Is there a misprint in my book?! You read furiously to find out what happened or if you find out at all.

I was amazed at Sarah Lotz’s skills as a writer. She used so many mediums to tell her story; chatroom conversations, radio interviews, eye witness accounts, blogs. Don’t forget, this is spanning over four continents. As it’s a factual account of what happened before, during and after that fatal day, it tries to be ‘unbiased’ but it has just the right amount of hints towards the supernatural to make it a gripping thriller. A fascinating study into the power of conspiracy theories. “Aliens, horsemen or demons – oh my!”