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Daniel is my son. He has always been mine. And he always will be.

On some level deep inside, Laura Bateman knows something is wrong. That her relationship with her son is not what it should be. That it is based on lies.

But bad things have happened to Laura. Things that change a person. Forever.

For twenty-six-year-old Daniel, the discovery that his mother is not who he

Kindle Edition, 286 pages
Published November 15th 2016 by Lake Union Publishing (first published January 1st 2013)
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Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
A fantastic psychological suspense novel from British author Maggie James. I read this over a few hours and was gripped from start to finish, I love a book like that. Totally addictive and intriguing. I was hooked from the synopsis, then the plot, the characters, the twists. The whole caboodle!

I am already a converted fan of Maggie James, all of her books I have read have been fantastic.

His Kidnapper's Shoes has great insights into the human psyche, the elements of light and shade in the
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
When I was a kid and I got in a snit with my mother (which was often) I would fantasise about her not being my real mother; that there had been a mix up in the hospital and I had come home with the wrong parents; that I had been adopted and my real mother (incredibly wealthy of course) was searching frantically for me. But, of course, my mother was my mother. I was never in any real doubt. But what if she hadn't been........what if it was all a lie?

Daniel Bateman has never felt like he belonged.
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If I could give this more than 5 stars, I'd gladly do so...What an incredible read!

If you are a mystery/thriller junkie like I am, you have probably read a couple of books with the theme that this one focuses on-a child kidnapping. That wasn't a spoiler, as the author clearly wants you to know where this book is headed.

But unlike some of the other unmemorable reads with this focus, James stands out with her stellar characters and 'Smack upside your head' twists. There were 2 jaw dropping
His Kidnapper’s Shoes is the first book I’ve read by Maggie James. This was a little gem of a book. It’s shortish, so it’s an easy read (or listen in my case!). But don’t let that fool you, there’s a lot of story packed into those 200-some-odd pages.

26-year-old Daniel has never truly bonded with his mother the way most kids have. Then, he and his stepfather just outright did not get along. (He refers to him as asshole many times throughout the book).

He has a lot of visions of two other kind
This book just kept on giving.

We guess by the title and we know by the blurb and even get more of an idea what the book is about by reading reviews. But let me say, as long as no ones given any spoilers, the story is just not straight forward.

The depths the author goes to the heart and soul of this complete story left me feeling so sorry and really empathetic towards all the characters involved.
All the characters came to life in my minds eye.

The way in which the author writes had me
Stormi (Bewitched Reader)
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers
Audiobook Version

His Kidnappers Shoes was advertised as a psychological thriller, but I didn't find it suspenseful or thrilling at all. Even though this book wasn't what I was expecting, I still really enjoyed the Daniel and Laura's stories.

Daniel just found out, as an adult, that the woman who raised him kidnapped him from his biological family. I've always wondered how an adult would process this. If the family who kidnapped him gave him a good life, would he be angry? If the home he grew up
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Wow, what a thought provoking and emotional read.

His Kidnapper’s Shoes is told in alternating chapters by Daniel, who has just recently found out that Laura is not his mother, and Laura, whose chapters are in the past and leading up to and after kidnapping Daniel.

I think for anyone it would come as a shock to find out that you’re parents are not really you’re parents, but for poor Daniel he has to try and come to terms with the fact that he wasn’t taken away from his family for his sake but for
I’m obviously in the minority here as it has so many glowing 5 star reviews, but I just wasn’t into this book. I thought it was kind of boring with no suspense or twists, unlikeable characters and it was a struggle to finish. Sorry Maggie James. But a lot of people clearly loved it so maybe it’s me ...more
Adrian Dooley
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ok let's get to it. What an incredible read. This one really took me by surprise.
The story of Laura and Daniel Bateman, mother and son on the surface, but as we find out early on, Daniel is not her real son but a child she kidnapped when he was four years old. The story is told back and forth from both their perspectives, skipping to the past and back again to the present. It works beautifully as a premise. Not only does it get the story told but we get to know the two main characters
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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This was an emotional and heartbreaking read! At the age of twenty six, Daniel finds out that his mother isn’t actually his biological mother. He’s always felt like something was off and wondered why he felt a lack of a connection between his mother, Laura and himself. So it all makes sense in a way, but then there is so much that doesn’t make sense to him and probably never will. This book is the story of a completely broken pair of people
Maggie James is a British author who writes psychological suspense novels. Laura Bateman is in a police cell. They tell Laura Daniel is not her son. They say he has another mother. They also tell Laura that she kidnapped Daniel. Laura denied everything. But DNA tests will open up a can of worms.
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
His Kidnapper’s Shoes is told from two alternating points of view: The kidnapper (Laura) and the victim (Daniel). I always enjoy books written this way. My Kidnapper’s Shoes begins with Laura already in jail. We go on a journey with both Laura and Daniel seeing what both of their lives are like.

We learn about Laura’s past from childhood to adulthood. She did not have an easy life. For me this does not excuse what she did by kidnapping Daniel, but surprisingly I found myself understanding her
Lynda Kelly
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
What a terrific story and beautifully presented too. Take note, e-book publishers, they do NOT have to be chock-full of grammatical and spelling mistakes !! It really can be done ! AND this was a free download which is amazing.
I was totally hooked to the story the whole way through. I liked it was told from both Daniel and Laura's points of view the whole way through. I so wanted them to be reconciled in some way. Both had had bad breaks in their lives through no fault of their own and it was
Wow. What an incredible story! I felt truths in it and realities which I know happen everyday in this messed up world. It sends the reader on all the expected feelings and emotions one should have when completely engaged in a book.

And the writing, perfect. I noted straight away while reading this title how much I enjoyed the way the author made her story flow. She didn't waste words and the story moved along at an inviting pace. I have an author that I do tend to love, but find she can get a
The Book Review Café
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness what a tangled web Maggie James presents the reader with, from the opening chapter I just knew I was going to love His Kidnappers Shoes. Full of suspense and intrigue it’s one of those books you just want to read in one sitting. The novel explores the twisted relationship between a mother and her son, both have dark secrets which up until the novel began have been well and truly buried, but secrets have a nasty habit of coming out when you least expect them, and this is certainly ...more
May 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: two-star
In my experience, one of the biggest frustrations with this genre is how a relatively decent sounding synopsis and intriguing cover art can be let down by very forced writing tones.

Told alternately by the kidnapper, Laura, and her son Daniel this book began rather promisingly. I thought Laura's chapters were more believable than her sons; when Daniel conversed with other characters I thought much of it sounded false and not at all realistic.

Later on the book failed to improve. I found neither
Sibel Hodge
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An emotionally-filled and thought-provoking read! :) xx
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Daniel is convinced that he was kidnapped as a child. Yet his 'mother' Lauren thinks it is all his imagination, not only does she thinks that he is making it up, but she does not understand why he will hurt her by even thinking such a thing. Lauren has nourished him since he was a toddler, she wanted to give him the world, there is nothing standing between their connection. Locked in a mental state, Lauren is naive but convinced that Daniel will soon come to his senses. Afterall, she is his ...more
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, from-ku
A tragic story of loss, revenge and forgiveness. The intriguing plot, all the secrets and the complex characters hooked me to the story and had me flying through the pages, trying to understand how and why. The twists I never saw coming, the taboo topics were perfectly woven in.
The switching POVs and bouncing from past to present made this story enfold slowly. There's so many details to pay attention to, so many questions popping up because we're thrown into the middle of this. And the story
Absolutely fascinating!!!! Oh my! There are no words for the shocking twists and turns that take place as Daniel uncovers the facts of his kidnapping. The story is told from dual POV's that grab you by the throat and refuse to let go. Laura feels she is justified stating she is Daniel's "mother". Daniel hates that Laura lied and is still being deceitful. Then add his girlfriend, Katie, to the mix and this mess is absolutely mind-blowing! I cried thinking about how poor Daniel suffered at the ...more
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This is the first book by Maggie James that I've read but it certainly won't be the last. Her writing is well paced, perfectly planned and full of emotion.

The story is written on two timelines with Daniel in the present time and Laura Bateman giving her story on both timelines. We get a good background story of Laura's early life, how she lost her mother, was sent to disastrous foster parents, became pregnant at a young age and just as things were looking better, she lost her grandmother. Laura
Yvonne (It's All About Books)
Finished reading: November 27th 2016
Rating 4qqq

“Sometimes the people who touch our lives the most are only passing through.”

*** A copy of this bookwas kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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M.A. Comley
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book by Maggie James and it certainly won't be the last.

Right from the very first page I was drawn into this heart-breaking, at times nerve-crunching tale. Wonderful characterisation that has you rooting for everyone concerned. The past shapes our futures and can be riddled with pain as in Laura's case.

I admit to sharing a few tears throughout this epic tale when Daniel searches for reasons why he should forgive Laura.
Some readers will find the content of this novel tough
Valerie Bowen
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I must admit that the characters were a bit flat to me maybe because I started with audio first, then switched to reading, thinking it would get better but it didn't. Not really the psychological thriller I was looking forward to.
Mar 22, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the hardest books to get thru. I kept thinking it was going to get better. The story offered nothing new. I just kept thinking the main character did a lot of whining.
Alissa H.
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I'd like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a digital copy of this book! Review is now up on Diva Reads!
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Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a thought provoking story about how tragic events, and each persons' way of dealing with them, can impact on the lives and actions of others.

Laura suffered more before she was an adult than most people would be able to cope with during a lifetime. When she loses the 2 most important people in her life she becomes mentally unstable causing the lines between right and wrong to become blurred resulting in Laura truly believing that fate planned for her to 'save' Daniel. Maggie has created a
Michelle Ryles
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: galleys-read
There are a lot of books out there in the psychological genre but none have ever got inside my head more than His Kidnapper's Shoes. I still feel as if Laura is in my head, even after I finished the book. Laura got into my head and under my skin as I pieced together the jigsaw of her life in this page turning novel.

We're introduced to Laura who has been arrested for abducting her 'son', Daniel, and refuses to utter a word in her defence. All we can 'hear' are her deepest and darkest thoughts
Jacqui Nicholson
Yet another gripping read from start to finish!
Karen Whittard
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ohhh this was a good one. My first read by author Maggie James and by Joe was it a good one. By eck it was.

This psychology thriller will have you hooked from the very start. With characters you will love and loath at probably the same points as me.

A love a good book and one that grips me from the first pages and doesn't let me go until the last. You are in for a treat with this one.


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Maggie James is a British author who lives near Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She writes psychological suspense novels.

Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practising as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did. The urge to pack a bag and go off
“However sick I’d been at the thought of being pregnant, I’d never once thought of abortion. Never. I stood up and walked away from him, leaving him where he belonged, on that old bench covered with pigeon shit. I didn’t look back.” 0 likes
“Things were still difficult the first week; Daniel never behaved badly but he was still far too withdrawn for my liking. When he did speak, he fretted about the whereabouts of his mother and the nanny; I countered his evident distress by reassuring him I was his mummy now.” 0 likes
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