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 twenty-six-year-old Daniel, the discovery that his mother is not who 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. Daniel 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?
Wow, what a thought provoking and emotional read.
His Kidnapper’s Shoes is told in alternating chapters by Daniel, who has just recently found out that Laura is not his mother, and Laura, whose chapters are in the past and leading up to and after kidnapping Daniel.
I think for anyone it would come as a shock to find out that you’re parents are not really you’re parents, but for poor Daniel he has to try and come to terms with the fact that he wasn’t taken away from his family for his sake but for the sake of the person that he came to call mum.
It’s really interesting to get to see both sides. As with most of us, I think we are quick to judge people without fully understanding what has gone on in that persons life to make them do what they have. It certainly gave me a better understanding to Laura and even though I know she was very wrong for what she did, I could certainly empathise with her.
Daniel is understandably affected the worst. He is very mixed up and is filled with anger, frustration as well as questions. He has so much to deal with and as his story got further on, my heart really went out to him.
His Kidnapper’s Shoes is a story that quickly draws you in. In parts, it makes for a truly uncomfortable read but those parts really need to be in there to get the full impact of the emotions that the characters are going through. At some points the characters emotions overwhelmed me as I was so wrapped up in their stories and I felt like I was personally involved in what was going on in their lives. A truly harrowing and at times, heart breaking read.
My thanks to the author for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
His Kidnapper’s Shoes is out today and available to purchase from Amazon.