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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; New Ed edition (6 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006551114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006551119
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Paullina Simons

Tully

‘Pick up this book and prepare to have your emotions wrung so completely you’ll be sobbing your heart out one minute and laughing through your tears the next… Read it and weep – literally’ Company

Tatiana and Alexander

'This has everything a romance glutton could wish for: a bold, talented and dashing hero, a heart-stopping love affair … It also has – thank goodness – a welcome sense of humour and discernible characters rather than ciphers.'
Victoria Moore, Daily Mail

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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 leaving for home, moving slowly through her regular routine of shopping, husband, children, with the extra excitement of the imminent baby always at the back of her mind.

And then she is bundled into a car and kidnapped by a desperate young man.

What does he want? Where are they going?

Only the excruciating tension of the next eleven hours will tell.

Scenes of knife-edge drama alternate between Didi's anguished husband Rich, pursuing by car and helicopter with an alarmingly laid-back FBI man, who may or may not be as good as he thinks he is at rescuing hostages, and Didi herself, whose life is hanging by a fast-diminishing thread. 'Eleven Hours' is a tour de force of storytelling power from the bestselling author of 'Tully' and 'Red Leaves'.

"'[Tully]' reads fast, like a sudden surge of wind over the plains, and the book's momentum builds to tornado force"
USA TODAY

"You'll never look at life the same way again. Pick up this book and prepare to have your emotions wrung so completely you'll be sobbing your heart out one minute and laughing through your tears the next. Tully could be any one of us – a young woman who is strong, full of hope and carrying a lot of childhood baggage. Her experiences of pain, despair and betrayal are offset by moments of dazzling joy, love and, above all, friendship. Read it and weep – literally.
COMPANY

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Nov. 2000
Format: Paperback
this is the first book by Paullina Simons that I have read, and it won't be my last. This is one of those books that you read at top speed because you are desperate to know what happens next, and when you finally finish it, you're left breathless. Simons is an excellent writer, and I particularly enjoyed the way she tells the story from two viewpoints, that of Didi, the kidnapped woman, and also that of her husband and the police who are trying to find her. It gives the book an almost movie-like feel, and cranks up the tension. I think this book would benefit from being filmed; but, nevertheless, it is a thrilling read (take note anybody who's read Tully, which I have just started - Eleven Hours is completely different).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 April 2002
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Eleven hours is a book of desperation, survival, love and instincts. I feel that it has been well written and is a real heart renching demonstration of when your instinct kick into place. It is very tempting to just give in and turn to the back of the novel and see what happens. A really good book with a great theme and a great portrayel of emotions and characters to make that bit more special
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ms. C. Sabin on 26 July 2004
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I loved this book, really felt like I knew Didi, could really picture everything, I enjoyed this book that much I read it in 2 days. Every time I put this book down had to pick it up again because of the suspense of finding out what would happen next.
I will never forget this story, 12/10, looking forward to reading more of Paullina Simons books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By leela on 19 Dec. 2006
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I really enjoyed this book - I bought it as I had recently read Girl in Times Square - I don't think this does match up to that but it is still well worth a read.

Didi is about to give birth and is kidnapped while she's shopping. The story takes chapter about with her and her husband who is frantically looking for her with the FBI.

I finished this in 2 sittings, its really edge of your seat stuff and agree with one of the other reviewers, this would be a good film!

Not as good as Girl in Times Square but still worth it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Nov. 1999
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A friend recomened this book to me, once I started reading I couldn't put it down. I got totally lost in it and forgot every thing else going on around me.I could visualize every thing that Didi the main character was going through, and often found myself willing her to do things to get herself out of danger. I am looking forward to reading some other titles by this author, and hope they are as gripping as this book.If you are going to buy 1 book, buy this one!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Jan. 2000
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This book actually had me sitting on the edge of my seat. I have read about this but it's never happened to me, until now. There are no words that can prepare you with what is to come. Read, then you too can experience the gut wretching suspense, despair and elation. Let me know if you think it is as good. I am now off to buy the other two books by Paulina SIMONS, Tully and Red Leaves.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Oct. 2005
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One of my favourite books. I found it extremely gripping and a definite page turner. Would love to read it again, but I remember too much of the story and the character of Didi to be able to for a while yet!
Highly recommended!!
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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 certainly a fast-paced and dramatic novel but sadly something about it just didn't work for me. The story just jumps right in almost immediately with Didi's kidnapping, and I felt that not enough time was spent developing her character and building up a bit of a back story. It was almost as if the mere fact that Didi is so very pregnant is supposed to be enough to make the reader really care about what happens to her, and (for this reader at least) it wasn't. Other than her frequent prayers to God and religious discussions with her abductor, I learned very little of her personality the whole way through the book.

The second plot strand involving Rich and the FBI was more enjoyable and I could relate to him as a character a little bit more. Nevertheless, the extent of his involvement with the FBI and the investigation is far-fetched and unbelievable! The whole book builds towards a frightening climax which, I have to say, I found a bit too graphic and explicit for my tastes.

I must say that I read this as part of a book club and most of the other members seemed to really enjoy this. Wouldn't a book club be boring if we all agreed! I also note that several of them say that this is completely different from Paullina Simons' other work and a number of readers who didn't like Eleven Hours have really loved her other books. So I may just have another go if I stumble across something else by this author.
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