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Eleven Hours

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  3,648 ratings  ·  221 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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Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-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
Feb 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
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 sto
Jan 02, 2013 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
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
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
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Wow - glad not too be the heroine in this dowzy of a story. A 9 months pregnant lady is kidnapped. From an up-market shopping plaza. Slowly, very slowly; as her abductor tells her about his life - she understands why.
Fast paced writing and an unputdownable story.
Mar 19, 2013 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"
Lisa Dunckley
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 uncomforta ...more
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
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.
Sharon Metcalf
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, owned
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
Jan 26, 2011 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.
Stef Rozitis
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 re
Very interesting yet depressing book.
Normally, I would have enjoyed the thrill and darkness but with this book there was also some sadness included. The main character who was kidnapped was heavily pregnant almost at her last stage. So it was very awkward and extra scary. The things she had to go through were very horrible.

Overall, the book was very addictive. I loved the author’s writing.
Paulina (aspiringliterati)
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 wel
Tatum Williams
Oct 12, 2015 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
Sep 30, 2010 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
May 19, 2011 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
May 25, 2011 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
Jade Bull
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
Easy to read, read the whole book today. But that doesn’t necessarily mean I loved it. It’s a bit of a contradiction because it kept me reading, but I didn’t enjoy it that much.
Here are my issues with this book. Spoilers ahead....
Firstly, Rich the husband. In what world, would the husband of a kidnapped woman be able to be part of the entire investigation as if he were a cop? He slows everything down immensely with his rage and inability to think rationally. There are some forced scenes where t
Ashy Khaira
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
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Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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."
Carolyn Taylor
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-books-read
A very fast, easy read which kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. Although I found it predictable, I still enjoyed the ride.
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
May 19, 2010 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
Mar 12, 2015 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.
Sep 24, 2014 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
Dec 02, 2012 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.
Pam Mason
Jan 06, 2012 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
Liam Terblanche
Jan 24, 2010 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.
Aug 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, fiction
Wow…this got my heart racing. Very tense and thrilling read.
Clare Evans
Dec 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, read it in one go as I couldn't put it down.
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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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