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Eleven Hours
Da Paullina Simons
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One pregnant woman. One deranged man. Eleven hours of hell. Abducted from a shopping mall in Dallas, Didi Wood, in her ninth month of pregnancy, is taken on the most dangerous, horrifying ride of her life, as a madman drives her across Texas. While her husband and the FBI try furiously to track them down, they can only hope to find Didi -- and her unborn child -- alive.

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data di revisione 04/21/2020
Ilana Marban

So glad I am reading more books of a 'thrilling' nature!

This ripper of a book packed a quick, fast punch. It covers, as the title suggests, an eleven hour time frame, where there's no room for anything else but good solid reading, that I did not want to put down for a moment. Everything there is to like is here, as nine month pregnant Didi is enjoying the air con in the dead of summer, minding her own business and filling in time till she meets up with her loving husband, Rich, for lunch. This leisurely afternoon of shopping and pretzel eating (I loved the little nuances, yes Didi you should take two - why not?!) turns into a nightmare for this lovely glowing pregnant woman. The descriptive nature of Didi for this entire book was extremely vivid and needed to be.

I found the FBI/husband combo amusing to an extent, Rich was entrusted to help closely, and I also enjoyed seeing this play out.

Highly recommended, quick effective reading, which I really enjoyed for a couple of days. Things in this person's daily routine got somewhat ignored. Definitely a good sign for this reader!
data di revisione 04/21/2020
Yeh Hitchingham

Nine months pregnant Didi Wood had a little over an hour to kill after her doctor’s appointment before she met her husband Rich for lunch. She decided to go to a nearby shopping centre where it was air conditioned – it was a crushingly hot day – she needed to get some wooden blocks for her daughter Amanda; a few other bits and pieces. She wouldn’t be late for lunch with Rich but she would enjoy her slow wander around the shopping centre. When a young man offered to carry her bags, she declined the offer – there was something about him that made her wary. Then as she entered the car park and moved toward her car, anxious to get inside out of the heat she heard the voice again – it was behind her – suddenly she felt an unnamed fear; was she being irrational?

Rich couldn’t work out where Didi was – she was often a little late but would always call – it was totally out of character for her to not contact him. Then with the police finally involved, plus the FBI as well, Rich was desperate. What had happened? Where was she? The FBI agent seemed confident they would locate the abductor sooner rather than later, but Rich was not at all confident…

As Didi struggled with disbelief, fear and terror, she frantically tried to come up with a plan to help herself. She needed to stay calm; but the heat, the discomfort, her need to go to the bathroom; it all overwhelmed her. What would she do? What potuto she do!

This would have to be the best psychological thriller I have read in a long time. The pacing was electric with the book almost impossible to put down. The suspense and tension had me on the edge of my seat from the very beginning and I just couldn’t stop reading! This is my first by author Paullina Simons, and it will definitely not be my last! Highly recommended.
data di revisione 04/21/2020
Koosis Loughrey

Extremely forgettable. I have finished it 5 minutes ago and I already struggle to remember what this book was all about.

Painfully cartoonish, monochromatic characters, and a dull and predictable plot with abundant platitudes littering the narrative, all strongly characterize this book and make it an excruciating reading experience; moreover, the leading character is so painfully stupid, in her mixture of dumb consumerism and Christian fundamentalism , that the only missing ingredient in her story is some "make America great again" statement. Brain-damaging. The pretentious "philosophical" debates, within and between the main characters, are pathetic in their shallowness.

Very disappointing, especially considering that the author also wrote "The Bronze Horseman", which I quite enjoyed. What a waste - I want my reading time back.
data di revisione 04/21/2020
Joelly Eshbaugh

EXCERPT: Didi wanted to speak but found she was made speechless by her heart ramming itself against her chest. She didn't need to turn around. She recognized his voice. It was the manin the jacket. She felt slightly nauseated.

'Did you hear me, ma'am?' the voice said. 'You shouldn't be carrying those heavy bags. It's not good for the baby.'

Didi turned around.

The man was standing in front of her, hands in his jacket pockets. The heat index was up to 120 and he was wearing a jacket over his white shirt. The incongruity of the jacket hadn't registered in the cool mall, but now it seemed distinctly out of place.

She stared directly at him without averting her gaze. His upturned nose made him look petulant, as if he'd been waiting for a bus too long. His mouth was upturned too, in a semblance of a smile. It looked as if he was grimacing, stretching his thin lips upward, toward eyes that weren't smiling. They were blue and they were cold, and she saw that they lacked something essential. The expression in the eyes, like the jacket, did not belong in a mall parking lot on a hot summer day.

Didi held onto the bags as she and the man stared at each other. She tried to focus, but all she saw was dark spots instead of his face. Wait, wait, she said to herself, narrowing her mental vision. Think! It's not so bad. Maybe he is really concerned about the bags. Remember? He said the same thing to me in the mall.

Wait a second. Who said he'd followed her? Maybe he hadn't followed her. Maybe his own car was parked here and he was on his way home.

Didi had been silent too long. She tried to swallow, but her mouth was too dry and her heart was beating too fast.

'You don't need to help me. My car is right . . .' She stopped, already regretting what she had been about to say. Take it back, fool, take it back. Why would she want him to know they were in front of her car?

The man said "What I 'd like to do is help you to my car.'

Didi lost her breath and opened her mouth.

'I'd rather not do that,' she said, her voice breaking. 'I'm meeting my husband for lunch.' Her knees began to shake. To steady herself, she leaned against the minivan.

The man stretched his lips sideways, exposing his teeth. 'I think he'll be eating alone today,' he said.

THE BLURB: One pregnant woman.
One deranged man.
Eleven hours of hell.

Abducted from a shopping mall in Dallas, Didi Wood, in her ninth month of pregnancy, is taken on the most dangerous, horrifying ride of her life, as a madman drives her across Texas. While her husband and the FBI try furiously to track them down, they can only hope to find Didi -- and her unborn child -- alive.

MY THOUGHTS: I love this book.
The sun beats down on the parking lot of a Texas shopping mall.
Heavily pregnant and not at all comfortable in the relentless heat, Didi Wood is moving through her rgular routine of shopping before leaving to meet her husband for lunch.
And then she is kidnapped and bundled into a car by a desperate young man.
Chi è lui?
What does he want?
Where are they going?
This book is taut and gripping.
It is the book by which I measure all others in this genre.
The story telling alternates between Didi herself trapped by a sometimes violent but always unpredictable kidnapper, and her husband Rich with Scott, the FBI agent assigned to catch the kidnapper.
I re-read this book every few years.
Neither the magic nor the suspense ever dims.

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data di revisione 04/21/2020
Kristian Kahn

I don't know exactly why but I keep reading other novels by Paullina Simons looking for the same feeling "The Bronze Horseman" trilogy left me, which I devoured in no time (and they are not short books at all!).
This is my second book by Simons after the trilogy, and again, I feel more than disappointed, I feel disgusted.
No trace of the smart and subtle prose of her most acclaimed series, just another impossibly likable characters in a superficial story not believable at all...

In this "thriller", we meet nine-month pregnant Didi (short name for Desdemona...) who is kidnapped by a disturbed young man in the parking of a mall (going shopping stupid make up and underwear when you're due any minute?). We are supposed to wonder why he kidnaps her, and even though it isn't revealed until the last pages, it's completely obvious from the beginning, which makes all the story even more pointless...
Her husband Rich tries to save her with the help of a typical film FBI Agent, half stupid half funny (or at least he tries to be...).
Plus I couldn't help but dislike Didi; she seemed false and swallow, her supposed Christianity and her willingness to save everybody didn't match her passion and strength in her fighting of the last pages, I doubt a pregnant woman mistreated the way she was could have the nerve to react the way she does in the last chapter.
All in all, the novel failed to move me, I found it charmless and predictable and vulgar.
And let me warn you, there are some passages with explicit violence, disgusting detailed descriptions of physical abuse and torture, which I personally found unnecessary.

So, if you're looking for a thriller, go for a Stephen King's or even a James Patterson's and don't bother with this novel.
In fact, I think I won't bother myself with Simons anymore...
data di revisione 04/21/2020
Bernita Quinones

Extremely scary, extremely suspenseful story of an extremely pregnant woman who is kidnapped outside of a mall. From the beginning, with the slow stalking of Didi, with the creepy guy who is just slightly inappropriate and giving off the weird vibe, but who doesn't do anything obvious enough for Didi to scream for help or call 911 or ask mall security for help, the book is great. I think ALL women have been there—with a creepy weirdo who is asking to carry your bags, who is making you uncomfortable but it's such a minor thing that they are doing so we ignore our intuition that says RUN. The author does a fantastic job of describing this, and I completely felt the whole “Boy, this guy is icky” feeling, but society tells us we are overreacting if we do anything about it!

Lyle forces Didi into his car and is driving her to Mexico. Rich, her husband, is trying to get the police and FBI to jolt into action and SAVE HIS WIFE—but it seems they are more interested in catching the bad guy than they are with saving Didi's life. Oh, that is when they are not accusing Rich of having done something to his wife himself--you know, the husband is the most likely suspect. You feel the anger and frustration that Rich feels with the police and with the situation as a whole.

The tension is further racheted up by the fact that Didi is so completely pregnant and ready to pop at any second! Great plot twists, and exciting conclusion.

I have enjoyed everything that Paullina Simons has written, and this book is perhaps my favorite of hers!
data di revisione 04/21/2020
Yann Kuehne

Eleven was a fast paced thriller by Paulina Simons. Though it was
completely different from her The Bronze Horseman series and not the type of book I usually gravitate to I found it very readable and I sped through it with ease.

Didi Wood is very pregnant, I mean due to deliver any time now kinda pregnant, when she has the misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Lyle Luft is a most disturbed fellow and as far as antagonists go he was a scary piece of work - volatile, eratic and unstable. Lyle kidnaps Didi and as their story progresses we get some insights into his mental state and there were moments when I almost felt sorry for him. Quasi .

The title of the book describes the elapsed time from abduction to the end of Didi's ordeal. Told in alternating chapters we not only knew what was happening to Didi but also what was going on in the search from her husband Rich's perspective. There were some elements that seemed unplausible to me. On the whole this was a good quick read but I definitely preferred her historical fiction.
data di revisione 04/21/2020
Bust Strater

This is a book that was hard to put down. The tension rose. Poor Didi! From shopping the mall, munching on almond pretzels, her day just went steadily downhill. The pain, the thirst, the worry, the heat, the dirt and the blood all mounted up, and the poor reader is trapped there with her. It's an uncomfortable and unpleasant ride, but there's no escape. Not until the end. The suspense was killing.

I read it as quickly as I possibly could. Within the span of a day, which is pretty good for me now.

Didi and the kidnapper were entirely credible. Well, mostly. The kidnapper was crazed enough to make his odd behaviour understandable. He had a plan to follow and he was following it, even if Didi was making things difficult.

Didi. Geez. Don't get in the car! You're nine months pregnant, a few minutes away from having lunch with your husband, there is nothing good coming out of a car ride with a strange man who spooks you out. And I don't care how strong he is, he's not going to be able to carry or drag a nine-month pregnant screaming woman through a car park without interference.

After that, well, the violence keeps her in line.

What jarred was the police/FBI side of things. The police sounded realistic enough, but the FBI end of it was way out of whack. As Megan notes, the husband isn't going to be that closely involved. Questioned closely, sure, but his place then is at home, looking after the kids and keeping the relatives calm. He's not going to go flying around in helicopters, dressing up in combat vests and fiddling around in crime scenes, destroying evidence.

Sure, it gives the reader a lot of dialogue with him and the cocky FBI agent - and why just one? Wouldn't there be a team of a dozen or so, manning an office full of ringing phones and buzzing computers? Sure, it keeps the reader in he action seat, looking at the developing crisis from both sides. But it's so terribly unrealistic.

My feeling is that this is a movie script in book form. It's got Hollywood all over it, with the simplistic setups and the talky philosophical debates. and the violence.

Right. I read it quick, but I didn't like it much. I'm not inspired to go out and read more of this author. Not unless she does a whole heap more research.
data di revisione 04/21/2020
Chon Pampusch

Kind of excruciating. The guy is a stereotype of every creep and psycho ever written and the plot moves really slowly over exactly what he says and does.

Didi is not very likeable. She's an empty-headed "little woman" who married the boss and had kids and lives to shop (and even buys special expensive lingerie to give birth in). Not judging, just 11 hours with her is too long even if she does get tough (finally) and do something about the situation after trying everything else first (including religion).

The religion that wound its way through the plot seemed excessive and not plausible. Ok so he sells religious books (and is damn rich from it) so she has this very strong faith and her conversations with her abductor and thoughts are full of that but then they also say things like "karma" and sort of mix their faiths a fair bit in anachronistic ways. I know people in real life DO have very personal blends of faiths but there is not enough story and characterisation here to make it believable.

The FBI guy is both a set of stereotypes and a foil for Rich (the aptly named husband) to illustrate his masculinity on/against/with). There are parts in their interactions which seem played for comedy, which falls flat when you consider how creepy and sleazy the other chapters (ie what is happening to Didi) are.

Basically the author had too many different intentions and not it seems the discipline to pare out the ones that don't add anything, also nothing much to say. I guess in a sense a suspense novel is always this predictable, the "bad guy" was written all over the place as if the author herself couln't completely decide what she thought of him or what made him tick. I was glad he wasn;t more human/relateable but I was not glad then to spend so many hours profitlessly in his company.

The book is only about 300 pages long but seemed twice that. I had to read in very short bursts because I don't like rapey scenarios and there was little here apart from that.

This is th second time I have not enjoyed this author. I have another of hers coming up on my TBR shelf but I may not bother
data di revisione 04/21/2020
Mattie Napoletano

This held my interest to the end, but I wasn't able to really invest in the characters. In many ways this read like a book I'd read before - no surprises and not much suspense for a book about a kidnapping.
data di revisione 04/21/2020
Swan Meggitt

It is remarkable how much power Paullina's writing has over me.
There is quite a lot of 'God' involved in this as the main character named Didi, who gets kidnapped by a very unstable young man, is religious. Normally I would have minded this as I am one of those who believe that God, if he is out there, is rather a bystander and doesn't get involved in the matters of humans and our drama (most of which is self-inflicted). But - it read so well. Every element of the story worked exceptionally well and I ended up really connecting with pregnant Didi, her desperate husband Rich and the FBI agent who was helping find her. I also wanted to absolutely smother Lyle but as I couldn't figure out why exactly he was doing what he was doing, reading about him was as fascinating as watching documentaries about serial killers is (you hate them all but you can't get enough of the most sordid, horrifying stories; must admit that is best done from the comfort of your couch, with a blanket, cat and a glass of wine so you feel REALLY safe).

Paullina never disappoints!
I would recommend it to her fans who has never read it before (as I hadn't for the longest time!) and for those who enjoy thrillers and/or mysteries and don't get spooked if there's talk about God in books. The writing is captivating, as always.
data di revisione 04/21/2020
Nell Kuzio

Personal Response: I thought that “Eleven Hours” by Paullina Simons was a good book. It took me awhile to get into it but once I did it was hard to put down.
Plot: Didi Woods, at eight months pregnant, was shopping at the mall and this guy as she was walking to her car asked if she needed help with her bags. She said no thank you and kept walking but he followed her to her car. He said that she was hurting herself and the baby because she was carrying those bags. Once she go to the side of her van he forcefully pushed her up against it and said “let’s go for a ride together” but she said no because she had to meet her husband Rich for lunch at 1. But the guy took her by the arm and tried to lead her to his car but she yelled help me to two ladies walking into the mall, and as she did that this guy took her face in his hands and kissed her very hard. Now Didi knew something was wrong. He dragged her to his car where he shoved her to the seat and made her sit. They took off on the highway at a really fast speed. When it is 1:45 and Didi isn’t at the restaurant Rich starts to get worried so he goes to the mall and started to look for her white van. He found it eventually and looked inside, but found nothing except on the outside was a crumpled pretzel back white her hand lotion smell on it. Rich only knew it was her because he watched her put it on that morning. He noticed something else on the bag, it was blood, Didi’s blood. He ran inside the mall to the security room and told them what he found and demanded them to help find his eight month pregnant wife who he think was forcefully taken. Security took him to the pretzel place and asked to see the worker that was working at the time on the receipt. They took him and Rich to a private room where they were both asked questions. After they got some of the answers they wanted, they took Rich to the downtown police station, where they were asked more questions. Rich did everything and anything he could to get the officers to help him look for his kidnapped wife. Meanwhile Didi is in a car with a crazy mad man. He wants only her baby and nothing to do with Didi, but that is only because his wife and child were taken from him by God. His wife got sick right after birth and died and the son was born 3 months too early so he couldn’t survive on his own. On her treturous ride, she has to keep herself and her baby alive. They stop at a gas station quite a ways away from where they first started, they stopped after the Didi and Lyle, the kidnapper, played a game of guessing each other's names. They stopped so Lyle could get gas and get Didi something to drink. Didi went to the bathroom to freshen up and as she was about to leave she wrote a note on the mirror with her lipstick saying “Help me please! I’m Didi Woods and I’ve been kidnapped by a man named Lyle. He’s driving a Tan Ford Taurus Station Wagon Please Help!”. Someone must’ve seen the note and the guy that Lyle killed because apparently he wasn’t a nice man, because they called the guys Rich was with, Scott and the FBI. So with that news they were up in the helicopter in 2 minutes flat. They were heading there and they sent out ads on TV and the radio looking for Lyle and Didi both. Back in the car they were driving and needed a pawnshop because Lyle needed cash in his hand. He made Didi take off her engagement ring after he sliced open her fingers because she wouldn’t give it to him, and then took the phone from the glove box that he threw in there from Didi’s purse. Rich got the call and was frantically looking for his wife. They tracked him down
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data di revisione 04/21/2020
Shaine Distaffen

This book was only written two years before the Bronze Horseman, and it was so incredibly different and so badly written (comparatively) that I feel very fortunate I didn't read this first. I surely would never have read the Tatiana and Alexander series.

This was a really quick read, and had an interesting angle...pregnant woman kidnapped from the mall for no apparent reason, guy is a psychopath, doting husband knows she is missing very quickly, etc etc. I could identify with Didi, because even though I've never been kidnapped, I have been 9 months pregnant a couple of times. It was not very hard to imagine how helpless she would have felt, in her condition, in her situation. Didi's part was very real. We never really got a look inside the kidnapper's crazy, twisted ass mind, and Scott, the FBI guy, was a little too flip and friendly to be believed. Not that I know what a real FBI guy would act like in this scenario, but I don't think it would be quite like that.

Perhaps it is not fair to compare the works of an author, but the Soviet Russia/WWII books were so good, so well written and so believable that I just wanted to gobble up all the rest of her books. This didn't even feel like the same author. I do think I will read another one by her, though. I am interested to see if she really improved that much in two years. Maybe she's just that versatile, and is able to change her "voice" to suit the narrative.
data di revisione 04/21/2020
Obe Depuydt

Sometimes it seems like Simons is two different authors. She moves between brilliance and mediocrity so easily. This was down the mediocrity end. Not terrible, readable, but she's capable of so much more
data di revisione 04/21/2020
Danila Kagawa

GRIPPING. i couldnt put this book down until i finished it (about 11 hours as it happens) and even after finishing, i sat feeling quite dazed, the story has quite an impact. excellent read, one that i'd go back to quite happily but only if i had time to read it from cover to cover, absorbing
data di revisione 04/21/2020
Clintock Shimsky

Didi is 9 months pregnant and due to give birth anytime soon.some last minute shopping before lunch with her husband,proves to be her last moments being terror free.a man kidnaps her and threatens her for 11 hours.killing anyone who may recognise her,from a cop to a guy at a gas station.will didi manage to save herself in time or will he murder her?will she save her pregnancy or lose her baby in those hours?
data di revisione 04/21/2020
Schapira Nabritt

"A heavily pregnant young woman is leaving the shopping mall to head home on a horribly hot day in Texas. Her normal life of shopping, husband, children, with the extra excitement of the imminent baby, stretches before her. And then she is bundled into a car and kidnapped by a desperate young man."
data di revisione 04/21/2020
Monika Latouf

Amazing. Harrowing. Gripping from page 1 to the last.

The story is strong I think because of the bravery of the subject. Paullina writes of a heavily pregnant woman kidnapped and battling for her survival in extreme heat and terrifying circumstances. I found this story shocking and Paullina brave to put a pregnant woman into this sort of situation and to be so graphic about the happenings. This story is gutsy and really does punch you in the stomach right to the end. You feel the desperation of this woman and understand her actions instinctively, you feel her reasoning through your whole being through your essence as a human. Paullina also does not yb any means romanticise the situation or the kidnapper as some writters tend to do and I appreciated this for the truth of the situation. It is a no holds barred ride which will leave you literally breathless.
data di revisione 04/21/2020
Rigdon Ridout

I read this book in one day. It's not a big book, but is certainly a rollercoaster ride! Paullina Simons wastes no time getting to the point. Very different to her other books, I couldn't imagine her writing something like this! While reading it you come up with a hundred scenarios of where you think the book is going to go. It was hard because I felt such anger and frustration towards Didi's kidnapper, but then towards the end of the book I was crying for him and felt so sad. But then after a few more pages I was filled with rage again! Paullina never fails to create strong characters and I really enjoyed this book.
data di revisione 04/21/2020
Jarek Belvin

This was certainly an un-put-downable read.

Highlights were definitely the Didi and kidnapper parts, well written and credible. I could really FEEL the unbearable heat of the day, the blind panic of Didi's, the dirt, the pain and the thirst. It was all so vivid.

What was not so credible was the husband/FBI side of the story. The husband being so involved in the search for Didi was just not realistic. Donning bullet proof vests and flying around in helicopters is just too unbelievable...seriously. As if the police/FBI would willingly put another civilian at great risk like this.

Overall, a 4 star great read.
data di revisione 04/21/2020
Groot Sulloway

Another great read by Paullina Simmons. Obviously this is no Bronze Horseman but I've long since stopped searching, but I was in the mood for a thriller and she delivered what I wanted. Moves fast, usual brilliant characterisation as I've come to expect from her. Kept me turning pages right to the end. It's not 5 star, but it's a great read. My only gripe was the main characters religious ramblings got on my nerves but that's probably because I'm particularly intolerant of anything religious. Says more about me I guess.
Great book. Love Paullina.
data di revisione 04/21/2020
Fran Tomisin

Pretty much read in one sitting. I can't remember the last time I read a book that I felt I literally could not put down. Incredibly compelling - if you could be on the edge of your seat whilst reading, then I was. The writing was simple, yet efficient and powerful; certainly not top-shelf 'literature' but exceptionally great entertainment. More a long novella than a novel, this is a most satisfying read. Highly recommend.
data di revisione 04/21/2020
Dugas Snode

I was disappointed in this book as I have read some fantastic books by Paulina Simons. I didn't particularly like the topic and felt the book didn't have any depth. I felt it was drawn out and therefore don't recommend it
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Adlare Dittus

What a departure from Simons's other books! Riveting time-line, suspense, tension, with a continuous undertone of foreboding.

Maybe I'm biased. But Paullina Simons cannot put a foot wrong.
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Clemens Aharonof

It's a hard one to put down... gripping, suspenseful story about a kidnapping. My mate made a great point in that it would make a great Law & Order/CSI episode. I was hooked!
data di revisione 04/21/2020
Tatum Seaquist

POTENTIAL TRIGGER WARNING: This novel describes scenes of GRAPHIC sexual assault.

Desdemonda "Didi" Woods, nine months pregnant, is abducted while shopping at a Dallas mall. While the abductor takes her across the flatlands of Texas, Didi's husband, Rich, works with the FBI to try to reach her in time. There are time stamps at the beginning of each chapter, so the reader can keep track of how much time is passing.. but spoiler! the whole thing takes 11 hours. ;-)

So now that you know the general premise, let's dive into all the cringey, facepalm potholes in the sloppy writing here!

First off, this novel was originally published in 1998, so it understandably, laughably reads VERY 90s now. There's a lot of time (pages) spent on Didi's shopping spree prior to her abduction -- wracking up $200 at Estee Lauder, moving on to FAO Schwarz, Coach, I even had a big hit of nostalgia when she has a walk through a Warner Bros. store... 'memba them! But something about this shopping also put me off about Didi as a character in general when she mentions that her child had requested a set of wooden blocks... that's it, just some blocks... but Didi wore herself out so much buying bags of stuff for HERSELF that she couldn't be bothered to try to find the blocks at the end of the day.

Though it's not really noted anywhere in the synopsis, once you get into the meat of this story, there is a noticeable Christian Fiction lean to the tone, which only gets progressively stronger as the plot moves along. Even Rich's job in the story is "national sales manager for a religious publisher based in Dallas."To be honest, the heavy-handed preachy tone laid over the suspense just got tiresome. But weirdly, on the flip side, there's also a strong dose of profanity and crudeness to the material here.

The kidnapper character is mildly disturbing but only shows minimal physical violence for most of the story. It's mostly just bursts of verbal abuse, but it's likely that you've read much worse characters in more recent crime novels. One scene that was really bothersome though was when Didi is searching for something in her purse or on her person that she could possibly make into a weapon later, "anything that might help" as she says... but chucks a paperclip at the bottom of her bag. Pages later, her tormentor makes a lewd comment toward her and it's written, "she wished she had something sharp and ragged in her hands at that moment"... oh, what? like a paperclip maybe??!

Then there's the super team of Rich and the FBI. If you watch the time stamps on the chapter headers, Didi is abducted at 1:30pm. By 4:15 SAME DAY, the police are already saying "it doesn't look good." Wow. Just throwing in the towel then, boys? Later, when Rich is conversing with Scott, one of the FBI agents, Rich pleads, "Tell me it's going to all be okay." When Scott does, Rich snaps back, "You're lying." Here, with this crew, lies Didi's hope at being saved. Precious time being wasted with this BS back and forth.

Just in general, the writing is not stellar. One line that actually had me laugh out loud at how terribly lazy it was: Didi purchasing Sun Ripened Raspberry lotion from Bath & Body Works, which... keep up now... "smelled berryish". This is the same author who went on to write the pretty successful Bronze Horseman trilogy. We all gotta start somewhere, I guess.

I'll end on a positive though. There was a conversation near the end between Didi and her abductor where he reveals why he did what he did. Not saying it made the guy innocent, but it did have me feeling a moment of honest pity for him. Around these chapters were also some moments of honest suspense that I wished would've been consistently present throughout the rest of the novel.

Note to readers: This novel contains spoilers for William Shakespeare's Othello and Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities.
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Dylane Ailts

Book Review: Eleven Hours by Paulia Simons⁣
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“One pregnant woman. One deranged man. Eleven hours of hell.”⁣
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Abducted from a shopping mall in Dallas, Didi Wood, in her ninth month of pregnancy, is taken on the most dangerous, horrifying ride of her life, as a madman drives her across Texas. While her husband and the FBI try furiously to track them down, they can only hope to find Didi -- and her unborn child -- alive.⁣
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This is the first book I have ever read by this author and won’t be my last. The writing was so descriptive and vivid. I can still remember most of it from when I read it years ago. It is a great physiological thriller with mystery and suspense that kept you captivated and wanting to continue turning the pages. There was a lot of tension that kept me on the edge of my seat as I just wanted to find out what ends up happening.⁣
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The POV’s switch from Didi and her husband showing each of the sides and what they were dealing with. You could to feel all of their emotions with them and also experience the horrifying scenario yourself, as if it was happening to you which gave me the chills. ⁣
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The storyline to be action-packed and brought a quick and fast punch along with it. By the end of the novel I had learnt lessons and found it to be very eye opening to the reality of what some people are capable off and to always be careful.⁣
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Highly recommend this quick read and will definitely be a re-read of mine.⁣
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Bonnie x

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