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The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes

by Diane Chamberlain

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After a dark night of unimaginable consequences, CeeCee Wilkes starts a new life as Eve Elliot and now, as a successful therapist, finds her past and present colliding, forcing her to make a difficult decision.

This started with a plausible situation with 16 year old CeeCee being seduced and manipulated by a 22 year old man to help with a kidnapping scheme. After it went wrong, CeeCee started a new life as Eve, who was a likable and sympathetic character. Then the story was mostly about her relationships with her husband and children who don’t know her secret. The relationships had a realistic feel especially the one with the mother and oldest daughter. The past does start catching up with her and the author does a good job eventually tying up all the loose ends. ( )
  gaylebutz | Jul 30, 2018 |
Prety good book. ( )
  1forthebooks | May 22, 2018 |
Genevieve Russell disappeared in 1977. Her remains have been found 20 years later and Tim Gleason has been caught and charged with the murder of both Genevieve and her unborn baby.. only there is no sign of the unborn baby.

CeeCee Wilkes knows what happened to Genevieve Russell and she knows what happened to her unborn child. And she also knows that Tim is not guilty of murdering them.

This book was SO good! ( )
  jenn88 | Jan 9, 2018 |
In 1977, pregnant Genevieve Russell disappeared. Twenty years later, her remains are discovered and Timothy Gleason is charged with murder. But there is no sign of the unborn child.

CeeCee Wilkes knows how Genevieve Russell died, because she was there. And she knows what happened to her missing infant, because two decades ago she made the devastating choice to raise the baby as her own. Now Timothy Gleason is facing the death penalty, and she has another choice to make. Tell the truth and destroy her family. Or let an innocent man die in order to protect a lifetime of lies.

One of the most enjoyable books I have had the pleasure of reading this year. It was literally a book on steroids.

It's 1977...sixteen year old CeeCee Wilkes was alone in the world. Her mother had died when she was twelve and she spent the next four years in foster homes...graduating from high school well ahead of her classmates and working in a diner. Then she meets Tim Gleason...personable...smooth talker and 6 years CeeCee senior. CeeCee is smitten and the course is set to lead her into a situation that will make her life and those of everyone she loves, a living Hell for the next 38 years. You know from the time she reluctantly agrees to Tim and his brother's plan to save their death row sister that it is a disaster just waiting to happen.

It wasn't my usual type of book but I couldn't stop reading. It's a story of issues of morality and choice that allows the reader to root for CeeCee despite her many wrong choices. I could not stop caring about the characters...flawed though they were. Highly, highly recommend this book. ( )
  Carol420 | Sep 26, 2017 |
Chamberlain is a master at writing those books that just kind of punch you in the gut. This one felt like it was going to start off like every other book but then it takes a turn that will really have you going WTF?

I didn't want to put it down because I had to know how this was all going to shake out. The only thing I didn't like was there didn't seem to be much real focus on how her daughter became so phobic unless you just chalk it up to the nurture vs nature argument and it's obvious nurture won.

It did make me think more about the responsibility our legal system places upon the number we assign to 'ages'. Like there's some magical transformation that occurs when you become 16, 17, 18, 21, etc. As if once that birthday hits then you're downloaded automatically with everything you should understand at that point.

I love Chamberlain though because she's never afraid of tackling those tough issues in her books and using great character development to flush them out, make them seem more real. ( )
  ttsheehan | Apr 4, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0778325318, Paperback)

An unsolved murder.

A missing child.

A lifetime of deception.

In 1977, pregnant Genevieve Russell disappeared. Twenty years later, her remains are discovered and Timothy Gleason is charged with murder. But there is no sign of the unborn child.

CeeCee Wilkes knows how Genevieve Russell died, because she was there. And she also knows what happened to the missing infant, because two decades ago she made the devastating choice to raise the baby as her own. Now Timothy Gleason is facing the death penalty, and she has another choice to make. Tell the truth, and destroy her family. Or let an innocent man die in order to protect a lifetime of lies…

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