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Eleven Hours

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  2,325 ratings  ·  136 reviews
It's every woman's worst nightmare. And now it's the next eleven hours of Didi Wood's life. From the international bestselling author comes a harrowing, riveting novel of suspense that's going to make you look over your shoulder foreverYoung Didi Wood, in her ninth month of pregnancy, is abducted from a shopping mall in Dallas. Thus begins a terrifying eleven hour ride acr ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 1st 1998 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1998)
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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
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 t ...more
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",
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.
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. Sa ...more
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 t
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
Rachel Zylstra
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 f ...more
Julia Sandler
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!
Having never read books by this author, I have no comparison about her writing style as other reviews have given. I am therefore basing my review on this book alone. I picked this up as a free secondhand book, for a holiday read. I read it in a day - partly because it is not a long book but also because the story was gripping from the start.
I was easily drawn into the heat of the sun, and the instinctive worries of Didi. I found her a likeable and understandable character, and understood her th
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.
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
Pam Mason
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
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
Liam Terblanche
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.
Wow…this got my heart racing. Very tense and thrilling read.
Clare Evans
Excellent, read it in one go as I couldn't put it down.
Trisha • Devoured Words
Had me in it's grasp from chapter one as I went further into the story I couldn't keep it down. Finished it one sitting. Didi was a brave woman, hated Lyle (obviously) but had to say it. If it weren't for him there wouldn't be this story.

This is one heck of a thriller. Had me in knots. At times when I wanted to read faster and see what happens I was like trying to push my way faster to the ending.

Didi liked to believe that there is good in everyone but there are times when reality slaps you in
Eleven Hours follows the traumatic events that are imposed upon Didi, a happily married mother who is 9 months pregnant and lives a usually happy and uneventful suburban life. One day, a run-of-the-mill trip to the shops to buy a few last-minute bits and bobs for the birth takes a sickening turn when she is kidnapped by a stranger. The chapters alternate between Didi's perspective and that of her husband Rich, who, together with the FBI, tries to track her down before it's too late.

This is certa
This was very different from any of the other books by PS that I have read. It was a quick and easy read, with an insight of what it's like to be kidnapped at the hands of a crazed mad man with a sickening motive in mind.

The book alternated between the goings on of the kidnapped Didi and her frantic husband Rich, who with the aid of the FBI is on their trail. You are kept in suspense throughout, wondering what Lyle the kidnappers' next move will be, and I was left hoping that Didi and her baby w
Od kilku lat chciałam przeczytać tą książkę. Czytałam o niej, że to jakiś niesamowity thriller, który do końca trzyma w napięciu i że nie można dojść do siebie po jej przeczytaniu. Niestety, książkę bardzo ciężko dostać. Nakład jest wyczerpany a na allegro jej ceny dochodzą do 100 złotych. Na szczęście, w końcu udało mi się ją znaleźć w formie e-booka i od razu zabrałam się za czytanie.

Didi Wood jest w ostatnim stadium ciąży. Za kilka dni ma termin porodu swojego trzeciego dziecka. Będąc na zak
I picked this book up while I was doing a late shift at work and literally I could not put it down! The story is so unusual but that's what kept me reading this book. Didi's character is so strong and I can't believe that she went through so much especially being 9 months pregnant. I felt hatred towards Lyle because he was so weird and creepy, almost perverted. But that is what made the book so great. It was very captivating and heart throbbing. I loved this book.!!
Lisa (scarlet21)
When nine months pregnant Didi Woods is kidnapped whilst shopping she has no idea why the mad man would pick on her and as she experiences the nightmare journey cross country we live the terror with her. As the title infers this unravels over eleven hours and switches between Did's ordeal and that of her husband Rich and the search to find Didi.

I wouldn't say it was a fabulous book but the tale does grip you and you keep reading to find out what happens, so it is a page turner but not a very inv
it was much better than i expected! at the start I thought it was a little boring but it got better and better along the way. I didn't expect it to end that way either! the ending was so badass!! it was really great. i really recommend this book. i like the friendship built between Rich and Scott but i do think the characters could have been a bit better. Didi is still awesome though! she kicked some butt
Amanda Lombard
I can unashamedly say I love this women and everything she does. This book is a real tense, edge of seat page turner. It is a heart wrenching demonstration of what happens when your instinct kick in, in the most terrible situation. Please don't read this if you are pregnant or a little bit fragile. In would highly recommend reading this and everything she does.
This book had me guessing to the end!! Suspenseful and exciting!
I just couldn't put it down.....
The fact you knew what had happened and who did it was nothing in comparison to the feeling that was therenkeeping you reading to find out why they had done it...
The switch in views also allowed you to see different sides of the story as it progressed which also kept you hooked!
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
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.
Who is he?
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 betwe
Lisa Burke
Initially promising, but quickly melodramatic. Perhaps better written as a 3-character novel, as the merging of two characters (Rich and Scott) into sole chapters completely lost me. As if an average Joe like Rich would fly in FBI helicopters, tag along on swat raids, furnish weapons, etc. Farcical by the end.
Zobacz naszą opinię na temat tej książki tu: >>>>> KLIK Zapraszamy :)
Fast paced page-turner read in a couple of sittings. Scary and gripping. The climax was a bit much - unnecessary gore and filth which kind of wrecked it.
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Paullina Simons was born in Leningrad, USSR, in 1963. At the age of ten her family immigrated to the United States. Growing up in Russia Paullina dreamt of someday becoming a writer. Her dream was put on hold as she learned English and overcame the shock of a new culture.

After graduating from university and after various jobs including working as a financial journalist and as a translator Paullin
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