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His Kidnapper's Shoes [Kindle Edition]

Maggie James
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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 disintegrates; 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.

About the Author

Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol. She writes psychological suspense novels. The first draft of her first novel, entitled His Kidnapper’s Shoes, was written whilst travelling in Bolivia. Maggie was inspired by an impending birthday along with a healthy dose of annoyance at having procrastinated for so long in writing a novel. His Kidnapper’s Shoes was published in both paperback and e-book format in 2013, followed by her second novel, entitled Sister, Psychopath. Her third novel, Guilty Innocence, has now been published, and like her first two, features her home city of Bristol. She is currently working on her fourth novel. Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a short 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 walking dogs and fostering homeless cats; animals are a lifelong love!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 489 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Orelia Publishing (31 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BR1AZ88
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,274 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol, a city featured in her first three novels. She writes psychological suspense novels.

The first draft of her first novel, entitled His Kidnapper's Shoes, was written whilst travelling in Bolivia. Maggie was inspired by an impending birthday along with a healthy dose of annoyance at having procrastinated for so long in writing a novel. His Kidnapper's Shoes was published in both paperback and e-book format in 2013, followed by her second novel, entitled Sister, Psychopath. Her third novel, Guilty Innocence, has now been published, and like her first two, features her home city of Bristol.

Maggie is currently working on her fourth novel.

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 out new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!

For more information about Maggie and her writing, visit www.maggiejamesfiction.com.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A journey to the dark side ... 2 May 2013
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Each and every character in this book has his or her own demons to confront, as the story explores the dark secrets that they prefer to keep hidden. It unfolds through a series of short chapters alternating between the two central characters: Laura and the child Daniel she has raised as her son. Laura's story is told in the first person as an interior monologue (she refuses to speak to anyone); Daniel's is told in the third person, the early chapters giving us a graphic description of his emotional state.

'His Kidnapper's Shoes' explores the twisted relationship between these two people, and with others drawn into their lives. Writer Maggie James' characters are all damaged goods, to one extent or another, and the fractures in their personalities are manifest in the unthinking, often callous, way they use each other, particularly through sex, to satisfy their appetites, with little regard for how their actions affect other people. Here love is the unspoken word, as though for each character love exists in a void, while all the time they are looking for a connection with someone, however brief or ultimately damaging it might be for the other person.

At first, this makes it hard to like the people in this story, but as the strands of their histories unravel we learn more of their life experiences and develop a greater understanding of their differing motivations. The title refers to the extent to which an individual can put themselves in someone else's shoes, and in this way find some empathy with other people and thereby a degree of forgiveness and understanding that will enable them to move on with their lives.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I cried at the end. 28 April 2014
By jill s.
Format:Kindle Edition
For me this was a slow burner. I can't fault the writing or the subject. My initial problem was a dislike of the characters involved when I felt I should've had sympathy for both the kidnapper and her victim because events had contrived to mess them both up. It was certainly a book to make me rethink the mad or bad concept. I did think that the plot twists could be predicted well in advance, there was almost too much information, but the POV narrative style of writing would obviously lend itself to informing the reader of up-coming intentions. Did it keep me reading in spite of my initial antipathy? Yes it did because I really wanted to find some redeeming character traits and I wasn't disappointed. The last few chapters made me cry. And if a book can achieve that on this hard baked cookie, Maggie James must be doing something right. Just a word of advisement. There are some sex scenes in this book, which might not be to everyone's taste.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong stuff! 27 April 2014
By Tots
Format:Kindle Edition
Not just a page turner but a real 'just one more chapter before I put the light out' sort of read.

Strong language, strong sex scenes not for the faint-hearted but I didn't find it gratuitous, given what we learned about the various characters as the story progressed.

Far-fetched? At the back of my mind there floats a notion that I have actually come across this scenario before in real life, or certainly something quite similar.

Skilfully written and blissfully free of major errors or bad grammar, which makes it all the more readable.

I read it because it was proposed for a Book Group which I run on Facebook and the overwhelming reception for it was positive. I would recommend it, though tempering the recommendation with the caution that the strong language and graphic detail will certainly not be to everyone's taste.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two Nighter! 7 April 2014
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I discovered this book when it was selected as the latest read for a book group to which I belong.It is very fast paced and full of detail - perhaps a bit too much detail? - but that does not detract at all from the plot line. It only took me two nights to read as I just couldn't put it down. It is one of those books that both grips you yet is easy to read. My only complaint would be that some parts were just too obvious, at least to me, though others may not find the same. I will definitely read more of Maggie James' books as 'His Kidnapper's Shoes' didn't disappoint.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars expect the unexpected! 21 April 2014
By julie3
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I am glad I had a chance to read this book, certainly different to my normal reads. Each individual person in the book was believable and unique and had their own issues. A complex but well thought through story. Without giving anything away I really did nt see some of the twists and turns coming and definately not a predictable story line. Well done, looking forward to your next book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner 21 April 2014
By Jazzy
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If a book keeps me turning the pages and I feel a sense of loss when I finish it it will certainly get five stars from me.
The story is well constructed and well written and the characters are clearly defined although not particularly endearing until the book unfolds and you get to understand where they are coming from. I did feel the sex scenes were somewhat gratuitous and unnecessary given the power of the plot but then that might just be my age. If Shades of Grey can attract a phenomenal amount of readers then I guess the sex thing is a prerequisite of a popular read these days. I will certainly read more of Maggie James' books because I feel that if she can give the characters a little more depth we could have another Ruth Rendell on our hands. Brilliant plotting and great escapism here.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritting and graphic. Great read
Really enjoyed reading this book. I was hooked right from the start and read the book in a day or so whilst on holiday. Couldn’t put it down. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jo Richings
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down
This psychological thriller allows you inside the mind of a kidnapper and what happens when she is caught. Great read.
Published 1 month ago by thepalmwinetapper
3.0 out of 5 stars His Kidnapper's Shoes
I loved the idea behind the story of this book. It's written from the son's point of view and the kidnapper's point of view and separated by each person having alternate... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dizzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
This was beautifully written. Whilst the story was fairly predictable, it was written with a realism and sensitivity which made you feel for all of the characters. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Makka
2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly, not for me
Gave up on this, not my cup of tea at all. The only plus side to it was that it was free when I downloaded it, had it not been I may have persevered further. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Carol Drinkwater
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Thoroughly enjoyed this book with an unexpected extra twist You can't help feeling sympathy for everyone concerned my only complaint would be all the unnecessary sex... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lynn
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I read the 1st 6/8 chapters and then gave up... sorry
Published 3 months ago by Lealea
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good
Published 4 months ago by Graham P
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
second book I've read from Maggie James in 48 hours and again in one sitting!!! sad emotional loveable story. go read
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
A excellent book from start to finish, a gripping storyline but with personal tragedy. Would surely make a good two or three part tv drama
Published 5 months ago by steven j davidson
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