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Author: James Siegel
"In Derailed by James Siegel, Charles Schine is a New York businessman who meets a sexy woman on a train and ends up in a seedy hotel room with her. While there, he's beaten and she is raped by a man who also robs them. The robber then begins to blackmail Schine so that his wife and family don't find out about his infidelity with the woman. This...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780446613729
ISBN-10: 044661372X
Publication Date: 6/2004
Pages: 400
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 87 ratings
Publisher: Warner Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 10
This is one of those rare instances where I liked the movie more than I did the book. Probably because I have the hots for Clive Owen and he made the main character, Charles, more likeable. Because in the book I didn't really like old Charlie at all - even when he redeemed himself in the end. Here's an ordinary guy with a great family and a good job, who becomes involved with another woman and gets caught (literally) with his pants down. A ruthless blackmailer sees a prime opportunity and proceeds to exploit it - which stupid Charles goes along with - up to a point. That's when Charlie gets a new set of cujones and things really get interesting. PS - this book is pretty graphic in detail, so don't read it if you are easily offended.
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Helpful Score: 4
Awesome book! Very suspenseful! I literally couldn't put it down. Just a study of how one ordinary man gets himself into so much trouble, and then struggles to get out of it. Constantly kept me guessing. A thrill ride from beginning to end.
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Helpful Score: 4
What a great book. I was completedly surprised at the ending, I had no idea! Which is saying a lot since I read all the time and usually have a clue about endings. I saw the movie after reading the book and was very disappointed with it. The movie was nothing compared to the book.
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Helpful Score: 4
Very suspenseful! I couldn't put this book down. Really great plot that moves along quickly, with awesome twists and turns. I saw the movie the next week, and it didn't come close to the thrill of the book. I highly recommended this book to my reader friends.
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Helpful Score: 4
...maybe even more than the movie, and I loved the movie. The story has a few differences in it, but I think they probably needed to shorten it a bit for the movie. Throughout the book I teetered between feeling bad for the main character and thinking he got what he deserved. Still not sure how I feel about him.
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this was excellently written; a very fast and fascinating read.
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"Fabulous story, I could not put it down! One of those books you just cannot put down and then hate yourself for reading it so fast instead of stretching it out!"
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This book tells an amazing story. The prose is well-written, and the story is full of suspense and drama. Although he isn't perfect, you'll be rooting for the main character (at least by the end). I didn't see the movie before reading the book--I highly recommend you don't either. The book will lose some of it's "wow factor" if you know how it all turns out beforehand. Even if you have seen the movie, this one is worth reading.