his-kidnappers-shoes_cover-blogHIS KIDNAPPER’S SHOES

Genre: Psychological suspense
Release Date: 15 November 2016 (republication)
Publisher: Lake Union

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 26-year-old Daniel, the discovery that his mother is not whom he thought comes close to destroying him. As his world turns upside-down, he searches for sanity in the madness that has become his life. But he is left with nothing but questions. Why did Laura do something so terrible? Can he move past the demons of his childhood?

And the biggest question of all: can he ever forgive Laura?



Daniel Bateman is haunted by childhood images of a woman sitting on his bed and a young girl who plays with him in an unfamiliar garden.  His mother Laura dismisses these as recurring memories from some dream he had when young.  With his father killed in a car crash and his mother later marrying Ian Bateman, the stepfather he despises, he is aware of his background. And these two people don’t fit in anywhere.

Daniel is twenty six and has never formed any lasting relationships with women: until Katie Trebasco.  Now she tells him she has plans to work in Australia and wants him to come with her.  Discussing his recurring memories with Katie he tells her he feels an emotional connection with this woman he has never felt with his real mother. She suggests maybe he should organise a secret DNA test and when he next visits his Laura he secretly takes strands from her hair brush.  The results confirm she is not his biological mother. However when he discovers the identity of his real parents his world is not only turned upside down, he loses the one person who means more to him than anyone else.

Laura has been arrested and alone in her cell reflects on the events which have brought her to this moment in her life. Her early years had been a struggle: coping with a drunken mother, betrayed by the one person she loved and losing the two most important people in her life: her beloved grandmother and her baby. She felt completely vindicated in taking Daniel – a child who she believed came a poor second to his parents’ career ambitions. She moved away with plans to make a new life for them both.  Meeting and marrying dull, respectable Ian put the final touches to her dream of a proper family life. But when Daniel visits her in jail and confronts her with an issue that turns that dream into a nightmare, she exacts a horrific revenge.

A well written and compelling story told from both Laura and Daniel’s viewpoints.  Although  I didn’t find Daniel or Laura particularly likeable characters this was an extremely thought provoking and powerful read thoroughly deserving of five stars.



829-resized-1Maggie 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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