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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (349 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Siegel Narrator: Holter Graham Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2005 ISBN: 9781594831300
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How far would you go for someone you love? Would you sacrifice your beliefs? Would you commit a federal crime? Would you risk everything you have? James Siegel’s electrifying thriller, Derailed, captivated readers with its emotionally charged twists and turns, racing up national bestseller lists and landing a major motion picture deal. The Washington Post called it “spectacularly inventive,” and James Patterson raved, “James Siegel has arrived in high style.” Now this acclaimed new master of suspense returns with the explosive story of a mother’s love, a father’s devotion-and an adopted daughter who turns their lives upside down. They want what every young couple wants: a child of their own. But Paul and Joanna Breidbart have been trying to conceive for five long years-a torturous process of failed medical procedures that nearly tore their marriage apart. When they finally decide to adopt, American agencies tell them they will have to wait years for their dream to come true. The couple agrees to fly to war-torn Colombia to adopt a baby girl. Paul knows all about risks. As an insurance executive, he routinely calculates the odds of dying in a plane crash or being hit by a bus. Yet all the accident statistics in the world can’t prepare him for what is about to happen. Paul and Joanna receive the baby girl of their dreams and their world seems perfect. Then one afternoon they briefly leave their baby daughter alone with their new nanny. When they return, something is disturbingly different about their child…and suddenly everything Paul values is in jeopardy. Again, James Siegel gives us a tale of ordinary men and women thrust into extraordinary circumstances-and a novel that confirms him as one of today’s most powerful writers of psychological suspense.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Mcnab | 2/16/2014

    " This book was non-stop action and suspense with lots of twists and turns and a very inventive plot. I am now ready for a book that is a little more relaxing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 2/11/2014

    " Loved it! James Seigel is the BEST author of suspense. He keeps me on the edge of my seat and up all night wanting to find out what happens next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Scullard | 2/7/2014

    " I found the story not to bad. I have it four stars because of the action in the book. It kept me reading. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 1/24/2014

    " A fast read. Though thrillers involving drug running, guns, kidnapping, torture and desperation (or some such stuff), are too realistic and uncomfortable for me to read in general. I did know who the bad guy would be which caused me some anxiety, a feeling which I try to avoid in my life. (As opposed to say excitement or suspense) I like that there was a lot of "grey" areas in the book. Some things are not as they seem (like life) which gives the book 3 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 1/10/2014

    " A good exciting thriller of a story. It has enough turns and twists to keep you guessing. I'm going to read more of James Siegel.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbiegw | 1/8/2014

    " wonderful twists and turns!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Varrsity Varrsity | 1/2/2014

    " I got this book on sale for like four bucks when I worked in retail. This was the best investment I made that was under Five dollars. Classic book, especially for the money. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 11/19/2013

    " An excellent "un-put-down-able" read! A couple goes to Columbia to adopt a child. The wife is held for ranson...unless the husband hauls 2 million in drugs to the states, they will all be killed. Great author, great book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caithlin | 11/2/2013

    " this book had a slow start but I really liked it once it picked up. Lots of action! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 11/2/2013

    " new author for me, I will look for more of his books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christle | 10/7/2013

    " what a suspense ! the ending is awesome! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 9/30/2013

    " vintage siegel. what do you do when you are sure you know something but no one believes you and you cant prove it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 9/15/2013

    " This was a fast paced action thriller. I couldn't put it down. I look forward to reading more James Siegal books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olivia J | 9/13/2013

    " A very good book that made me interested from the first sentence till the last. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Mauk | 9/11/2013

    " If you like psychological thrillers this is one for you! A new author for me, I am anxious to read his other works! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 7/2/2013

    " An interesting thriller - a bit predictable at times - and wrapped up too neatly at the end. But, overall a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 6/22/2013

    " A good thriller, will try more of his books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy Brantley | 4/27/2013

    " This book took a bit to get into, but at the end I was unable to put it down. It was very exciting and had many turns (I guess that explains the name). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 10/22/2012

    " This book is full of suspense, it keeps me on my toes and wonder what will happen next. So good! :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Boof | 9/14/2012

    " Given up on this one. Just couldn't get into it at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 4/17/2012

    " Siegel has a knack for suspense, but this story failed to have the very pulse-raising tension which existed in DERAILED. However, it was an enjoyable, compelling book. His characters are well developed and often believable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joni | 4/7/2012

    " This will be hard to put down once you start, so make sure you clear your calendar! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Lloyd | 10/26/2011

    " WOW! I couldn't put it down. I was grabbed from the first page & didn't want it to end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 7/18/2011

    " Nancy 5 stars; Ron 5 stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 6/2/2011

    " Engaging and clever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara B. | 5/9/2011

    " Since I first discovered this author, I am thoroughly enjoying his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caithlin | 3/28/2011

    " this book had a slow start but I really liked it once it picked up. Lots of action! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 3/8/2011

    " An interesting thriller - a bit predictable at times - and wrapped up too neatly at the end. But, overall a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 12/19/2010

    " Since I first discovered this author, I am thoroughly enjoying his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christle | 12/3/2010

    " what a suspense ! the ending is awesome! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Varrsity | 11/30/2010

    " I got this book on sale for like four bucks when I worked in retail. This was the best investment I made that was under Five dollars. Classic book, especially for the money. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olivia | 10/16/2010

    " A very good book that made me interested from the first sentence till the last. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 4/9/2010

    " I found the story not to bad. I have it four stars because of the action in the book. It kept me reading. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 3/26/2010

    " Action-packed and emotion-packed. I was not able to guess at where it was going until the final chapter looking two years ahead. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ramona | 2/4/2010

    " This was a very suspenseful story, I loved all unexpected events & relationship changes/perceptions that occurred through most of the story. I highly recommend it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bueno95 | 9/15/2009

    " So far, this is fast-paced. Could easily be made into a movie. Makes me want to read the next chapter... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Boof | 9/2/2009

    " Given up on this one. Just couldn't get into it at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 8/10/2009

    " A good thriller, will try more of his books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 7/15/2009

    " This book was non-stop action and suspense with lots of twists and turns and a very inventive plot. I am now ready for a book that is a little more relaxing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 3/16/2009

    " This book took a bit to get into, but at the end I was unable to put it down. It was very exciting and had many turns (I guess that explains the name). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 2/12/2009

    " Siegel has a knack for suspense, but this story failed to have the very pulse-raising tension which existed in DERAILED. However, it was an enjoyable, compelling book. His characters are well developed and often believable. "

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About the Author

James Siegel is vice chairman, senior executive creative director and member of the Board of Directors of BBDO New York and is one of the agency's top creative talents. His work includes such accounts as Visa, Frito-Lay, Charles Schwab, Office Depot, and Pepsi Twist, where his contributions have played a significant role in enhancing the agency’s creative reputation. He is also the author of numerous bestselling thrillers, including Deceit, Detour, Epitaph, and Derailed, which was made into a movie starring Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston. Siegel holds a BA from the City University of New York and lives on Long Island.

About the Narrator

Holter Graham, award-winning audiobook narrator, has appeared in many films, including Fly Away Home, Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive, and Hairspray. His television credits include Army Wives, Wasted, Damages, and Law & Order, among others. Graham is the winner of twelve AudioFile Earphones Awards.