One Day Closer

One Day Closer

A Mother's Quest to Bring Her Kidnapped Daughter Home

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On August 23, 2008, Amanda Lindhout was kidnapped outside Mogadishu in Somalia. The kidnappers’ demand was simple: pay millions or Amanda would be killed. For the next 460 days, Amanda’s mother, Lorinda Stewart, did everything in her power to get her daughter back alive. A brave, small-town mother with no experience in hostage negotiations, Lorinda was called upon by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to be the lead communicator with “Adam”—the Somali man who identified himself as the English-speaking negotiator for Amanda’s kidnappers. In a secret “war room” in Sylvan Lake, Alberta, Lorinda joined forces with federal officers and began answering calls from Adam, establishing a fragile rapport of trust with the man who held her daughter’s fate in his hands. She learned how to demand POLs (proofs of life) from Amanda’s hostage takers and even how to react to “bad calls”—getting through them despite having to listen to her daughter’s desperate cries for help and fearing Amanda was being abused and tortured. What was supposed to be a short negotiation stretched on, and weeks became months. As negotiations broke down, Lorinda found herself increasingly on her own. But she never gave up hope, even when the phone calls became more traumatic. Faced with the terrible possibility of her daughter’s death, Lorinda decided to bring in a private security company and raise money from donors to support the cause of bringing Amanda home. But would it be enough? One Day Closer is the true story of one mother’s heroic perseverance in the face of despair, and of the hope and healing to be found beyond trauma. It is also, above all, a tribute to the extraordinary power of a mother’s love.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Simon and Schuster Canada, 2017.
Edition: Simon & Schuster Canada edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781501143182
Call Number: 364.154 STEWART
Characteristics: 277 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : colour illustrations ; 24 cm
Subjects: Stewart, Lorinda.
Lindhout, Amanda -- Kidnapping, 2008.
Hostage negotiations.
Mothers -- Canada -- Biography.
Hostages -- Somalia -- Biography.
True crime stories.


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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

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