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Eleven Hours

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  2,671 Ratings  ·  154 Reviews
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.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 15th 1999 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1998)
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Suzanne
Apr 18, 2015 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: donated
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
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Brenda
Nov 19, 2014 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-read, thriller
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
Dolors
Mar 19, 2013 Dolors rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2012
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",
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Skyring
Jan 26, 2011 Skyring rated it it was ok
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.
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Lynette
Sep 28, 2014 Lynette rated it really liked it
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
Tatum Williams
Dec 23, 2015 Tatum Williams rated it really liked it
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 va
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Stacy
Sep 30, 2010 Stacy rated it it was ok
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
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Susan
Feb 19, 2011 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Chloe
Aug 07, 2015 Chloe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Rachel Zylstra
May 26, 2010 Rachel Zylstra rated it really liked it
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
Jan 30, 2015 Julia Sandler rated it really liked it
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!
Fiona Story
Sep 10, 2016 Fiona Story rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. A fast paced, gripping read.
Laura Rittenhouse
Apr 17, 2016 Laura Rittenhouse rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
Didi has a bit of time to kill between a doctor's appointment and lunch with her husband. She opts to spend that time in a shopping mall. She's doing okay until a friendly man takes an interest in her and offers to help carry her bags. She's 9 months pregnant so his offer is chivalrous but something about him sets off Didi's radar.

What follows over the next 11 hours is the subject of the novel. Didi is abducted in the mall parking lot and misses lunch with her husband. While he's coming to the c
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Iona
Sep 05, 2014 Iona rated it really liked it
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
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MrsF
Dec 02, 2012 MrsF rated it it was amazing
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.
Claire
May 19, 2011 Claire rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 08, 2012 Pam Mason rated it it was ok
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
Clare
May 25, 2011 Clare rated it liked 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
Jan 24, 2010 Liam Terblanche rated it it was amazing
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.
Mish
Sep 26, 2010 Mish rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, fiction
Wow…this got my heart racing. Very tense and thrilling read.
Clare Evans
Dec 09, 2010 Clare Evans rated it it was amazing
Excellent, read it in one go as I couldn't put it down.
Tatum Williams
Jan 12, 2016 Tatum Williams rated it really liked it
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 in her hometown when she was starting to get followed by a strange guy who kept asking her if she needed any help with her heavy bags. She repeatedly said no but he still kept following her. When Didi was walking out the her van he came up and took her by the neck with one ha
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Trisha • Devoured Words
Aug 15, 2012 Trisha • Devoured Words rated it really liked it
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
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Marie
Jul 02, 2012 Marie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mary
Jul 19, 2010 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kate4484
Feb 28, 2013 Kate4484 rated it it was ok
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
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Zarinah
Dec 02, 2015 Zarinah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fast paced creepy story! Seriously this book was so scary. A pregnant woman is shopping in a mall minding her own business when BAM - She is kidnapped by this Sicko psycopath. As I write this I want to clarify it's not gory torture book but it's riveting with action. The chapters are time frames and you switch between the husband search and the wife's kidnap. The thing I took away from this book is I'm staying with pepper spray in my pocket at least near by.YIKES I'M totally creeped out.I ...more
Shamima
Mar 08, 2014 Shamima rated it really liked it
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
Sep 10, 2012 Lisa rated it liked it
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
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Lynne
May 25, 2015 Lynne rated it really liked it
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
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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.

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