HIS KIDNAPPER’S SHOES by MAGGIE JAMES #TuesdayBookBlog #NewRelease #AmReading @mjamesfiction



Daniel Bateman is one angry man. He’s just discovered a devastating truth; the woman who calls herself his mother is really his kidnapper. Snatched from his birth family when he was four years old, Daniel’s always been tormented with vague memories from his former life. When he is confronted with a second shattering revelation, his life falls apart; booze and casual sex help numb the pain.

Daniel knows one thing for sure. He’ll never be able to forgive his kidnapper. Never. Because of her, he’s been denied his dream of becoming an artist. More importantly, he’d have grown up with a mother he could love instead of one he can barely tolerate. And the shadow of his controlling stepfather wouldn’t have darkened his life.

Furious, his life in pieces, Daniel needs the answer to just one question. Why did Laura Bateman kidnap him?

He’s not sure he’ll ever find out. The woman now under arrest for his kidnap twenty-two years ago isn’t talking. Laura Bateman doesn’t believe a crime has been committed; to her, stealing Daniel seemed her only option at the time. Until she receives Daniel’s forgiveness, something he’s sworn she’ll never get, Laura’s staying silent as to what really happened all those years ago.

There’s a saying that you have to walk a mile in someone’s shoes before judging them. Will Daniel ever be ready to step into Laura Bateman’s shoes?

A tense novel of psychological suspense, His Kidnapper’s Shoes weaves one man’s quest for his identity with one woman’s need to heal her troubled past.



I have literally just finished reading this novel and I am still wiping tears from my eyes. This is the first Maggie James novel that I have read and a fellow book lover, David Gilchrist, said to me you will be downloading the first one she wrote (which is free at the moment). I assured him that I wouldn’t as my book diary is full until the middle of February but boy was he right. Download complete!

Maggie James’s characters in this novel are people that have been emotionally damaged in life. My heart still skips a beat at the thought of a young girl thinking it normally to come home from school and put her drunken mother in the recovery position so if she is sick she won’t choke.  An heart breaking reality. This story is told by Laura Bateman and Daniel the child she had stolen when he was only 4. This is a truly moving story as Maggie James takes you inside Laura’s mind as she justifies all of her actions, not excuse them but explains rationally why she did what she did.  As for a poor confused little boy well you feel his sadness. I found it quite chilling as I visualised the happiness lacking in his eyes and just wanted to sweep him up and take him back home.

There are tragic events in this story some that you can see coming others quite shocking but all very life changing for everyone. It very much highlights how vulnerable people slip through the system without anyone having time to take notice, but it also makes you pause to think not judge because you may understand if you were in their shoes. This is such a super book that I wish to thank Maggie James for. I have chosen to leave this review.



Maggie James

Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol. 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 travelling is always lurking in the background! When not writing, going to the gym, practising yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!


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