His Kidnapper’s Shoes by Maggie James
His Kidnapper’s Shoes is the first book I’ve read by Maggie James. This was a little gem of a book. It’s shortish, so it’s an easy read (or listen in my case!). But don’t let that fool you, there’s a lot of story packed into those 200-some-odd pages.
26-year-old Daniel has never truly bonded with his mother the way most kids have. Then, he and his stepfather just outright did not get along. (He refers to him as asshole many times throughout the book).
He has a lot of visions of two other kind women, which he sometimes thinks is in his head, sometimes thinks is reality. But when he asks his mother Laura merely says, “Honey, that’s just a dream.” But is it?
Laura herself has had a rough upbringing. She spent many years taking care of her vomit soaked drunk mother, fell pregnant at 18 by a boy who dumped her. She landed in foster care because her beautiful but ill Gram could not take care of her.
Upon surviving a traumatic event at her foster home, she finally moves in with her gran to take care of her. She and her baby Daniel are finally getting their lives back on track until two more tragedies strike.
Despite any wrong-doing Laura had done in her adult life, I was rooting for her. She had a sad experience in the world in her first 18-20 years. I would be shocked if she wasn’t a little messed up in the head.
Maggie James alternates Her Kidnapper’s Shoes between Laura’s history and Daniel’s present. In the audiobook, they are both distinguished by female and male voices respectively.
There are two big shocking twists, both of which I didn’t see coming. That always makes for good reading for me! If I gasp and cover my mouth because of something that blindsided me, that’s almost always at least 3 or 4 stars right there.
I am looking forward to checking out Maggie James’ other novels. 4-stars for His Kidnapper’s Shoes.