Madeleine - Kate McCann

Reading Challenge Category: Free from Audible

Official Blurb:

'The decision to publish this book has been very difficult, and taken with heavy hearts ... My reason for writing it is simple: to give an account of the truth ... Writing this memoir has entailed recording some very personal, intimate and emotional aspects of our lives. Sharing these with strangers does not come easily to me, but if I hadn't done so I would not have felt the book gave as full a picture as it is possible for me to give. As with every action we have taken over the last five years, it ultimately boils down to whether what we are doing could help us to find Madeleine. When the answer to that question is yes, or even possibly, our family can cope with anything ... Nothing is more important to us than finding our little girl.' -- Kate McCann

My Thoughts:

After coming across some rather harsh critiques of Madeleine McCann's disappearance, I was intrigued to delve into the perspective of her parents. Opting for the audiobook version, though it took quite a while to listen to, I found it offered a deeply personal connection to the tragedy. The narrator's exceptional skills, boasting a calming voice, enhanced the experience, making it even more poignant.
Having listened to this account, my inclination has shifted towards believing the parents' side of the story. The book uncovered numerous instances of injustices and transgressions against the McCann family, which only adds to their frustration. It's disheartening to realise that not enough was done immediately after Madeleine's disappearance, leaving the family grappling with insurmountable anguish.
Written just four years after her abduction, the fact that now sixteen years have passed since she was taken is difficult to fathom. I find it admirable that despite the passing years, the McCanns still hold onto hope, continuing the search for their beloved daughter. One can only hope for a happy ending to this nightmarish life they've had to endure.
Yes, one cannot ignore the gravity of the mistake they made in leaving the children unattended. It is a decision they will forever have to live with, and it goes beyond being merely a mistake. However, that does not negate the fact that Madeleine deserved an exhaustive effort to find her, and on that front, she was let down on multiple accounts.
This book proved to be immensely enlightening, filling in the gaps left by the limited scope of news coverage. It offered a fresh perspective and provided a greater understanding of the family's ordeal. My heart goes out to the McCanns, and I sincerely hope that one day they find the closure they seek and that Madeleine is brought back to them. This is a truly horrific life they have been forced to adapt to, and the least we can do is empathise and stand by them in their search for answers.

by Kate McCann
Date Started
12th July 2023
Date Finished
19th July 2023