His Kidnapper's Shoes by Maggie James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I'd like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book!
His Kidnapper's Shoes immediately grabbed my attention. The story starts soon after a woman, Laura is arrested for the kidnapping of her now twenty-six year old "son," Daniel when he was just a toddler. The story continuously switches between Laura's current thought process, and how Daniel is coping. The story flips back in forth between Laura in the present (her first person point of view after having been admitted to a mental health centre, as well as her reminiscing of her past), and Daniel (third person point of view) in the very recent past leading right up to the startling revelation.
I'm relieved to say that Maggie James makes you really feel for Laura, while at the same time not erasing the terrible thing she's done. Mixed with the trauma of her past, and her mental illness you can really see how Laura's mental health and reasoning skills declined throughout time. I have to say, it was really refreshing to see the story start after the truth came out, as opposed to the build up of the typical story structure where this would have came out near the climax of the plot.
This wasn't a mystery, and this wasn't a crime drama, this was a character study.
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