His Kidnapper's Shoes by Maggie James

Setting: England
Genre: Psychological Suspense
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Release Date: November 15, 2016

His Kidnapper's Shoes wasn't an easy read. Gripping sure but never easy. My issue is that I could sympathize with both sides and that made it really tough.

It all starts with an arrest. Laura Bateman will not tell police a thing. She is determined to remain silent until her son understands everything. Daniel Bateman is shocked to learn his mother's been hiding a major secret for more than two decades. It's not a secret he's sure he'll ever understand or forgive her for.

The story progresses from there, switching back in forth in time, setting up the truth about Laura and Daniel's relationship and the circumstances that brought them to where they are.

As mentioned early, this wasn't an easy read for me. As Laura's story plays out, I could see why she did what she did. I almost felt for her. As a parent, however, I also know those same actions tore many people's lives apart. That's where I had a hard time connecting with her character.

That aside, the story moves at a decent pace and does keep you involved in the plot. Mainly, I wanted to see Daniel's reactions as secrets were revealed. From his viewpoint, this had to have been a major upheaval, and I enjoyed seeing how honestly it played out.


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