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His Kidnapper's Shoes
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...more
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 ...more
Daniel Bateman has never felt like he belonged. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Finished reading: November 27th 2016
“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! ***
The main reason I decided I wanted to read His Kidnapper's Shoes by Maggie James is the whole idea of a story that is partly written from the kidnapper's view sounded both intriguing and refreshing. And it definitelyturned out ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
A MUST BUY MUST READ for all.
Ok so I'm probably the only person that is going to rate this book and say this ...more
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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 ...more