Derailed Advertising director Charles Schine is just another New York commuter regularly catching the to work But the day he misses his train is the day that changes his life Catching the instead h

  • Title: Derailed
  • Author: James Siegel
  • ISBN: 9780446531580
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Advertising director Charles Schine is just another New York commuter, regularly catching the 8.43 to work But the day he misses his train is the day that changes his life Catching the 9.05 instead, he can t help but be drawn by the sight of the person opposite Charles has never cheated on his wife in eighteen years of marriage But then Charles has never met anyone likAdvertising director Charles Schine is just another New York commuter, regularly catching the 8.43 to work But the day he misses his train is the day that changes his life Catching the 9.05 instead, he can t help but be drawn by the sight of the person opposite Charles has never cheated on his wife in eighteen years of marriage But then Charles has never met anyone like Lucinda Harris before Charming, beautiful and a seductively good listener, Charles finds himself instantly attracted And though Lucinda is married too, it is immediately apparent that the feeling is mutual Their journeys into work become lunch dates, which become cocktails and eventually lead to a rented room in a seedy hotel They both know the risks they are taking, but not in their worst nightmares could they foresee what is to follow Suddenly their temptation turns horrifically sour, and their illicit liaison becomes caught up in something bigger, dangerous, brutally violent Unable to talk to his partner or the police, Charles finds himself trapped in a world of dark conspiracy and psychological games Somehow he s got to find a way to fight back, or his entire life will be spectacularly derailed for good.

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    1. Charles, a married man with a good job has his life "derailed" when he meets a beautiful woman on the train, and decides to have an affair with her. This affair ends in the most horrible way possible, and his life is turned upside down when he finds himself in a spiral of lies to protect himself and his family.The only reason that this did not get 5 stars is because I managed to figure out the plot twist very early on, and I am not usually able to do that. Even though it was somewhat predictable [...]

    2. 4.5 stars I loved this! Just a great thriller. Even though I had already seen the movie this book still kept me in suspense. Definitely skip the movie and read the book instead, it's so much better. I felt all sorts of conflicting emotions for the protagonist, Charles. In the end, despite his many faults, I found myself rooting for him. I won't say more since this is best read unspoiled.

    3. James Siegel, Derailed (Warner, 2003)I saw the 2005 film version of Derailed a while back, and was unimpressed, to put it kindly. When a friend of mine lent me this novel a couple of months ago, I didn't put two and two together until reading the jacket copy. Of course, I assumed the book would be better, since they almost always are, and dove in anyway.Charles Schine is an ad executive whose life is going along swimmingly until one fateful week when everything seems to go wrong. He loses the fi [...]

    4. Some books are so good that you can't put them down. But some books are soooo good that you can't continue reading them because you don't want to know what's going to happen next. This one falls in the second category! Brilliant first novel!

    5. In essence, Derailed is the story of an affair gone wrong. A rather average husband and father, Charles meets Lucinda on the train and is sucked into a torid affair. Yet when they finally venture to a hotel room, a man follows them, beats Charles up, robs them, and rapes Lucinda. In the aftermath, Charles is blackmailed, a man is killed, and his family is threatened. Yet was Lucinda who she really claimed to be?If I had to select one word to describe this novel, it would be contrived. Or implaus [...]

    6. Derailed is a classic, cautionary tale with enough suspense and plot twists, to keep a jaded reader like me turning pages. Charled Schine is is an advertising executive with job troubles, a sick daughter and a preoccupied wife, trapped on the commuter treadmill. When he meets a dropdead gorgeous woman on the train from Long Island to NYC, sparks fly. She's just what his bruised ego needs. They meet for dinner, have an affair, and then the blackmail starts. Derailed is a well-crafted novel. Siege [...]

    7. Lee Child's blurb for this book says it is "literally impossible to put down"; I did not find this to be the case, having no trouble detaching it from my hand. But I did read it in three or four sittings, which for me is pretty absorbed. It snares you very competently with a tale of a married man, a decent fellow under stress, who in a moment of weakness is drawn into an affair with a beautiful stranger. Bad things ensue and he's off down the slippery slope to mayhem and murder. Very well execut [...]

    8. This is one of those stories where you watch the protaganist dare a bit, then dare some more, then get just a bit too far in to get out, but you sort of hope he will manage. Then he begins to struggle to get on top of things and all goes awry. Kept me reading to the end, which is more than some books do these days.Couple of days after I wrote this, the movie turned up on TV - enjoyed the story again with Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston. Gets into the action quicker than the book, but still frigh [...]

    9. I read the book firstok two days. Then I saw the movieok about two hours. Save yourself two hours and just read the book. The book had so many twists and turns that the movie couldn't and didn't convey. There were a lot of things omitted in the movie and a lot of things totally changed that except for the title and the main characters you wouldn't recognize as the same story. That is why I'm a reader.

    10. If you're looking for a quick page turner then this is it. I watched the movie years ago & I remember loving it. I heard from a friend that the book was better so when I finally stumbled upon the book (thanks to paperbackswap because I could NOT find this book in all the libraries I checked) I delved right in & could barely put the book down.There were a few things I wasn't too crazy over (like insinuating Christians are abortion clinic bombers, but whatever, if that is his opinion of Ch [...]

    11. It was, just as 2 stars indicate, okay.I found it very shocking in the beginning. Almost to the point of not wanting to continue. And, believe me, i've read some brutal stuff. But this was kinda just sick.Then comes the mystery/drama/suspense part which I actually didn't find all that gripping. There were twists that were good and some that were ridiculous, but overall it kept my attention and I did read about the last 1/3 in 1 sitting.There's a second book I won't be reading it most likely.

    12. I was curious about the book because I had watched the movie last year. The book, as always, was much better than the movie. I liked the movie just fine, but the book adds so much more. I plan to read more by James Siegel. Good strong characters and a plot that kept me turning the page.

    13. Excuse me - New York Times bestseller? Now a major motion picture? Page 43 - tosses book across the room.

    14. Loved the movie and have to say loved the book more, great story with plenty of twists and turns keeping it interesting.

    15. A brutal and frightening chiller, with a man who meets a woman on the commuter train, seemingly by accident. Even as he is subjected to vicious attacks, scary blackmail, and the gradual disintegration of his job and his marriage, always in the back of his mind is his young diabetic daughter with failing kidneys. One twist after another brings the story full circle and then veers off in a chilling climax and what seems to be a resolution, but it's not very satisfying.

    16. This book begins rather innocuously as a jailhouse English teacher assigns a creative writing exercise. Things are not always what they seem, however. Multiple twists and turns. Multiple villains. Narrow escapes. Some of the villainry is quite cruel and a bit graphic but overall a very satisfying read.

    17. I really liked the format of this novel - story inside a story. The book paced well, and reminded me an awful lot of "A Simple Plan." A good suspense novel, but my one criticism is (view spoiler)[ the plot point of the bomb in the hotel was just a little too convenient, and it drew me out of the story and back into reality, where I was left rolling my eyes. (hide spoiler)]

    18. A great page turner, the twists and turns are great and keep you mentally in tune and wanting to know what happens next.

    19. Intense gripping suspense thriller. Kept me interested from start to finish. I loved it. Will definitely be reading more books from James Siegel.

    20. I hate putting down a book forever, just giving up, especially in the middle of a reading challenge. But I almost did. It’s hard not to when the main character of the book is so relentless stupid and selfish downright to the point of being offensive, that you can’t feel any sympathy for him. And all other characters are mere cardboards to be used by the plot – a cardboard caring wife, pretty enough to be an object of affection but one-dimensional and inoffensive, a sick child that is defin [...]

    21. The title aptly fits the story. Derailed, indeed. As in, what a train wreck of your own doing your life has become.In Derailed, an English teacher at Attica asks his students to submit anonymous stories. He's drawn to the story of Charles Schine which appears on his desk regularly in chapters. Charles is a businessman in a lackluster marriage who meets a sexy woman on a train and begins a relationship with her. Eventually they end up in a seedy hotel to consummate their affair. After their naugh [...]

    22. DERAILED is everything I look for in a thriller. Putting it down was harder than giving my baby up for adoption. (And, no, I don't actually have a baby, so it's possible I don't know what I'm talking about.)I intentionally avoided the movie version so as to keep myself fresh. Glad I did, too, because there were several things here that threw me for a loop. And I really dig James Siegel's writing--the man knows how to suck you into the story and make you feel like you're part of the action.I have [...]

    23. The narrative was told from a historical perspective. It seemed to me to be similar to the reminiscing of someone with a weak personality verging on a disorder problem. The character dialogs weren't really dialogs as they were related from the past tense.I couldn't identify with the narrator/main character, and at best felt that he was an idiot stumbling into life and reacting in the worst way to situations.I thought that the bad guys were given too much credit for making exactly the correct mov [...]

    24. Derailed by James Siegel is full of twists and turns and punch-in-the-gut dramatic stops that propel the story forward at a terrifying pace. It’s very easy to have sympathy for Charles, though it was through his own actions that the world is crumbling down around him, and to will him to win out over Vasguez and his accomplices. Derailed illustrates the “line upon line, precept upon precept” and “slippery slope” concepts as Charles crosses farther and farther into moral ambiguity while [...]

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