One Day Closer

One Day Closer

A Mother's Quest to Bring Her Kidnapped Daughter Home

Book - 2017
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"On August 23, 2008, Amanda Lindhout, Lorinda Stewart's daughter, is kidnapped outside of Mogadishu in Somalia. The kidnappers' demand is simple: pay $2.5 million or Amanda will be killed. For the next 460 days, Lorinda does everything in her power--and beyond-- to get her daughter back alive. This brave, small-town mother with no experience in hostage negotiations is called upon by the RCMP to be the lead communicator with "Adam"--a.k.a. Ali Omar Ader--the Somali who identifies himself as the English-speaking negotiator for Amanda's kidnappers. In a secret "war room" in Sylvan Lake, Alberta, Lorinda joins forces with federal officers and begins to answer calls from Adam, establishing a fragile rapport of trust with the man who holds her daughter's fate in his hands. She learns how to demand POLs--proofs of life--from Amanda's hostage takers and even how to react to "bad calls"--when she is forced to listen to her daughter's desperate cries for help, fearing she is being abused and tortured. What's supposed to be a short negotiation stretches on, and weeks become months. Lorinda finds herself increasingly on her own as negotiations break down. But she never gives up hope, even as the conversations become more traumatic. Faced with the terrible possibility of her daughter's death, she decides to take control, bringing in private hostage negotiators and fundraising ransom money from donors. But will it be enough? This is the true story of one woman's heroic perseverance in the face of despair, and of the hope and healing to be found beyond trauma. It is also, in the end, a tribute to the extraordinary power of a mother's love."--
Publisher: Toronto :, Simon & Schuster,, 2017
Edition: Simon & Schuster Canada edition
ISBN: 9781501143182
Characteristics: 277 pages,16 unnumbered pages of plates : colour illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jun 25, 2018

This book was hard to put down, the author Lorinda, also the mom, did a great job in letting us feel what she was going through, the day her daughter was kidnapped in Somalia, she tells her story how she fought for 460 days to bring her home to Alberta Canada.

Feb 05, 2018

If you've read Amanda Lindhout's book "A House in the Sky" about her kidnapping, this account by her mother will fill in the holes by describing what was going on back at home while Amanda's family struggled to free her. But beware, both books are very well-written, very descriptive, and each is heart-rending.

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Jun 25, 2018

runningbeat thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over


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