ARC REVIEW: His Kidnapper’s Shoes – by Maggie James


Title: His Kidnapper’s Shoes
Author: Maggie James

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime
First published: November 15th 2016
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Finished reading: November 27th 2016
Pages: 286
Rating 4qqq

“Sometimes the people who touch our lives the most are only passing through.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***


The main reason I decided I wanted to read His Kidnapper’s Shoes by Maggie James is the whole idea of a story that is partly written from the kidnapper’s view sounded both intriguing and refreshing. And it definitely turned out to be another great psychological thriller with an interesting twist. The character development in His Kidnapper’s Shoes is probably the most interesting part of this story, as we see how both the kidnapper and her ‘son’ evolve over time and deal with everything that happens in their lives. The characters are not exactly likeable, but they are well developed and the author took her time explaining the why behind the kidnapping and the woman’s motive. The story switches between past and present and touches some very sensitive topics; you’ve been warned. That said, it’s without doubt an interesting psychological thriller for those who enjoy the genre. With it’s fast pace and easy-to-read prose it is an entertaining read despite the sensitive topics.


Deep down Laura Bateman knows something is wrong and that her relationship with her son isn’t what it should be. Their relationship is actually based on lies, but bad things have happened to Laura in the past that have changed her forever. When twenty-six-year-old Daniel finds out the truth about his mother, he doesn’t know what to do with it. His world has turned upside down, and he is left with nothing but questions… Why did Laura do what she did? And can Daniel ever forgive her?



If you like reading psychological thrillers as much as I do, you will probably enjoy His Kidnapper’s Shoes as well. It’s a fast-paced read with a refreshing new angle that adds a lot of dept to the story. It’s interesting to learn more about both Laura and Daniel and how they ended up in their current situation. I don’t want to reveal too much to avoid spoilers, but it’s definitely worth the try.

6 thoughts on “ARC REVIEW: His Kidnapper’s Shoes – by Maggie James

  1. Oooh, a fast-paced story with a strong character development? I need this! The more I add psychological thrillers to my TBR, the pickier I am. It becomes more difficult to be satisfied. Great review!

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    • I have the exact same problem! I have been reading so many psychological thrillers lately that it’s becoming harder and harder to find stories that can actually surprise me. I thought about not reading the genre for a while, but I have too many mystery/thriller ARCs pending. xD


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