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Detour | [James Siegel]

Detour

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.
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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.

©2005 James Siegel; (P)2005 Time Warner AudioBooks

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"The premise is terrific....This is first-rate entertainment." (Publishers Weekly)
"Crisp prose, a breakneck pace, a surprisingly tart sense of humor, and some pointed social commentary give this thriller a good deal of bite." (Booklist)

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    I have been a subscriber for the last year and this is the best audible that I have listen too. There are more twists and turns in the story that I thought possible. I was in suspense right to the very end. I can only hope to find another book this good!

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    I loved this book. Couldn't stop listening. This was the first for me by this author and now I am eager to read more. If your into twists and turns, you'll love this one!

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    I loved this book from the first word. The narrator does an excellent job of portraying the different people and their accents. Honestly, he is the best so far that I have come across with the accents. The ending was tied up neatly with a bow and a little to clean for my taste. The twists and turns throughout the book was very good.

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    I enjoy both Fiction and Non Fiction Books. Not having the best of eye sight, Audible books are a bonus. Great stuff.

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    This is the first James Seigal title I've read and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. I found it a little slow to get going at the beginning, but things soon pick up. Lots of unexpected twists to this story. Recommended reading if you're into suspense thrillers. Holter Graham did a pretty good job at narration too so definitely worth a listen.

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    This is a little surreal, the almost end was a little OTT but I enjoyed it. It was different to my usual stuff (I'm more like-real-life fiction or end of the world stuff) but it was interesting, the characters had depth, there was a good plot and a fairly good end without being over peachy.

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