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Detour by James Siegel

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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ISBN-13: 9780759513327
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 03/01/2005
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 985,612
File size: 455 KB

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Jayne1126 More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd book by James Siegel that I've read (read the first one last week) and I am impressed with this writer! He takes normal people like you and I and puts them in abnormal situations that we hope we never have to deal with. It's suspenseful without being overly detailed with law enforcement details and is written entirely from the perspective of the main charactor. You feel his pain, you feel his agony over the situation he finds himself in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book as much as "Derailed." I didn't want to put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having just finshed and enjoyed Siegel's 'Derailed' - which I found considerably better than the film - and 'Deceit', I opened 'Detour' with eager anticipation. While the basic plot 'childless couple clutching desperately at the last chance of parenthood in an alien environment' is intriging, I found the novel lacked the structured, sustained intensity of his earlier two novels mentioned above. Although Siegel throws in a timely crisis here and there to keep the plot-pot boiling, this time it's with mixed success. In particular, the parenting sequences between the Breidbart couple and their new, adopted baby drag a little 'mothers of newborns might disagree here!', while the extended biographical digressions involving their Colombian nanny-turned-kidnapper, although enlightening as background information on the country's political turmoil, detract somewhat from the tension of the couple's own predicament. Siegel is a gifted storyteller and a welcome addition to the ranks of contemporary thriller-writers. His style and prose are taut, however, more critical editing might have prevented a couple of small derailments - smells, however strong and varied, are not cacophanous 'p. 18' and the adverb, 'equivocably' 'p.199' doesn't exist -and tightened up the storyline. In summary, I found 'Detour' to be a fascinating read, yet rather a let-down by comparison with 'Derailed' and 'Deceit', both real page-turners.
DiamondTN More than 1 year ago
Whenever I decide to read a novel written by James Siegel, I know that every page, from beginning to end, will be captivating and impossible to put down. The only reason this particular novel took a little while longer for me is because I tried my best to keep it from coming to an end. I usually finish a Siegel novel in two sitting. There were some very gruesome moments in Detour and some lighthearted moments involving Joanna and Jollele. I also admire the lengths this father would go to protect his family. A must read for anyone looking for a fast and enjoyable read. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great writing, relatable characters, fast-paced plot. The ending was a bit too perfectly wrapped up, but other than that, believable.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Sometimes you just can't get into a book and then when you revisit it, you can't put the book down. I read 70 pages and it just wasn't grabbing my attention the way Derailed did. I put the book aside and just picked it up again today. I also finished it today. Detour will keep you guessing it is not predictable or hackneyed. The prose is tight, sparse and easy to read. Give James Siegel a try.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is definetly a thriller that keeps you going the whole time. I never wanted to put it down and couldn't wait to find out what happened next. This book was about many disturbing events happening to one man and his wife and it was kind of stressful for me to read so I do not suggest this if you do not like reading fast-paced books containing many stressful situations. The author is excellent at making you empathize with the characters and making you forget that you are reading fiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As with his other book Derailed I read this book in 24 hours. Non stop thriller with plenty of twist and turns. A great book and a great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love finding a great book! Detour was fantastically fun and intriguing. I read it in one day and now can't wait for another by him. He is right up there with Harlan. Thank goodness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The question resonating throughout the latest spine-tingler from James Siegel is 'Just how far would you go, what would you risk to save the person you love?' Stage, film and television actor Holter Graham gives an accomplished reading to this story of a man caught in a life or death struggle. Paul and Joanna Breidbart are a devoted married couple. Their lives are happy and complete save for the absence of a child. The waiting list to adopt a child in America is lengthy, so they decide to fly to Colombia to adopt a baby there. Their happiness is all too brief as Joanna and the baby are kidnaped; they're in the hands of drug dealers who will stop at nothing to achieve their ends. Paul is told that in order to secure the release of his wife and baby he must smuggle cocaine worth millions into the U.S. and turn it over to a mysterious person in New Jersey within one day. If he does not do this, Joanna and the baby will both die. But, when Paul arrives at the meeting site in New Jersey the house has been destroyed. What will he do and where will he turn in order to save his wife and child? Siegel, the author of Derailed which Miramax has optioned for a major motion picture, delivers his story a bit like gunfire, in staccato bursts. And, it's frightening. If a fast-paced thriller laced with memorable characters is your pleasure, Detour is for you. - Gail Cooke