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Madeleine: Our Daughter's Disappearance and the Continuing Search for Her Hardcover – May 11, 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers (May 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593067916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593067918
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,023,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"You won't find a more moving and powerful account of love and loss."  —News of the World

"Not only an impressive and well-written chronicle of a terrible crime, it is a must-read because someone out there knows something."  —Sunday Express

"Powerful . . . Kate's book blazes with the sheer, visceral force of her love for her daughter."  —Daily Mail

"McCann writes honestly about her torment."  —Sunday Telegraph

"This haunting account makes me rue the day I doubted them."  —Daily Mail

"It seems clear that, far from self-justifying, or attention-seeking, this book is what it has always been about for the McCanns—a practical solution to fundraising."  —Observer

About the Author

Kate McCann and Gerry McCann established Madeleine’s Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned in 2007, to enable them to continue the search for their daughter, who was abducted in Portugal on May 3, 2007. As there is now no law-enforcement agency in the world actively looking for Madeleine, the fund enables a small team of very committed and experienced people to investigate Madeleine's disappearance. It also runs awareness campaigns in several countries, to ensure the public know that Madeleine is still missing, and to encourage them to remain vigilant. There is no evidence to suggest that Madeleine has been harmed and it is therefore vital to keep looking for her and those who took her. It is for this reason that all royalties earned from the sales of this book will be donated to Madeleine's Fund. The directors of the company are Michael Linnett, Edward Smethurst, Jon Corner, Kate and Gerry McCann, and Kate's uncle, Brian Kennedy. Once Madeleine has been found the fund will be used to assist searches for other missing children worldwide.

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Customer Reviews

This is definitely a book worth reading, albeit an extremely sad one.
I enjoyed Kate McCann's telling of her life story as well as her recounting the family's difficult and sad experiences after the loss of their child.
y. budenberg
Now that so much time has moved on , can anybody really think that Kate could have done this !

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38 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Julia Flyte TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The story is well known. In May 2007, Kate and Gerry McCann and their three children went on holiday to a resort in Portugal, along with several friends and their children. The first few days of the holiday passed uneventfully, with the children spending most of their days in the kids club while the parents had tennis lessons and relaxed. In the evenings, the parents all got in the habit of leaving their children sleeping in their bedrooms while they dined in a nearby tapas restaurant, taking turns to go back and check on the children at regular intervals. Until one fateful evening when three year old Madeleine disappeared shortly after the 9pm check. The police were called, the media descended and the story became worldwide news.

This is Kate McCann's account of that holiday and the investigation that followed, based on the detailed diaries that she kept. The book captures the way she endlessly revisits the days before Madeleine's disappearance, looking for clues, wondering what errors of judgement she might have made. Madeleine had been very tired that night - could she have been drugged? Or just a worn out little girl on holiday? She had cried out the night before - was someone trying to get into the room? Or did one of the children simply have a bad dream? Was it a mistake to let the restaurant staff know that children were being left unattended in their bedrooms?

I can understand the way that you get lulled into the security of a holiday resort and forget that you are actually in a foreign country. Once Madeleine disappeared, this reality came home to the McCanns in a big way.
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86 of 123 people found the following review helpful By teabag on May 17, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
As ever, she takes no blame for her child's disappearance, though she and her husband left three children--a three year old and two year old twins--alone in an unlocked holiday apartment every night of their vacation so they could go out to eat and drink with friends. You couldn't see the doors where they sat, and you couldn't hear the sounds of a child being abducted (or a child crying for her parents, which had happened previous nights of the holiday). It was much farther away than the back yard (the McCann's claim) and if you're in the back yard and the kids are asleep, do you leave the front door unlocked? They left the apartment unlocked "in case of fire". Right. Madeleine was going to usher her brother and sister to safety?

These are two doctors. They know that if they learned a patient or a patient's parent had done that, they'd have to report the parents to the police. And still Kate claims they did "responsible parenting."

Despite that, the disappearance isn't the parents' fault at all. And despite the fact that the British and Portuguese police found absolutely no evidence of an abduction but think Madeleine died accidentally in the apartment, the McCanns insist that she must have been abducted--even waking and going outside to look for her parents isn't a possibility. No, it's got to be some mean man there's no trace of--not a fingerprint, not a hair, not a fiber.

Perhaps a spot of knock-out meds so the kids wouldn't cry? Once the McCanns were back in the apartment, Kate kept sticking a finger under the twins' noses, according to her best friend, who was with them. "Still breathing? Or are you going to die too??"

Kate McCann claims that she wrote this to aid in the search and for her children to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vince Cooper on June 13, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I was on the fence as to whether the McCanns killed Maddie, and by on the fence, I mean I never looked into it. I know when this story made the news; I had questions and suspicions of their involvement, but never really cared. One day I saw this book and thought, “Eh, why not?” As an investigator, unsolved crimes spark my curiosity. I have to say after reading this book; their side of the story; I believe they caused Maddie’s death. My conclusion comes solely from their story and things that simply do not make sense, do not match “typical” behavior, or that are simply out of character of the McCanns. These are things I look for during my job to assess someone’s guilt or innocence.

I won’t give you the exact reasons I believe this, I don’t want to taint your view and I don’t believe everyone has to agree with each other. If you firmly believe the McCann’s are guilty or you firmly believe they are innocent, this book will not change your mind. If you don’t have a firm opinion either way, this book might very well lead you to a firm opinion. This will either be a heartbreaking tale of a horrific ordeal this family went through and continues to go through, or this will be a sickening story of how two cold and callous people caused the death of their own daughter, then played every card they could to gain sympathy, get away with a crime, and as a collateral reward, made money from it. You read and you decide.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dolf Brouwers on August 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Being father of two daughters of whom one died
of SNUC at age 44 and the lasting grief it gives
I think to know what these parents feel !
At least with our beloved daughter we did all that
could be done, but Cancer is a deadly enemy,
Maddys parents do not know what happened and will never get rest .....
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