The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes

Like I said last week I was on a roll reading books in March.  One of the books I blew through was the book for the PB Fingers March book club.


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…

**If you haven’t read this book yet and plan to, you may want to stop here**

1) Was it a good book? Yes. I have never read this author before and after reading this book I am very interested in reading more of her books.

2) Would you recommend it? Yes! Right after I read this book I told a bunch of people that they had to read it. In particular I told one of my friends that I know that loves to read crime related books.

3) What did you like about it? The shocking plot turns. My mouth dropped many times as many things happened that I didn’t see coming. Genevieve being pregnant when she got to the cabin was one of the most shocking things.

4) What did you dislike about it? Tim and his brother and the things they did to CeeCee. Although CeeCee did agree to do these horrible things I did feel bad for her. She was so young and innocent and just wanted to be loved.

Other comments/thoughts/questions:

This book really makes you think about mistakes you have made in the past and more specifically mistakes you made when you were younger.

It also made me thing a lot about mother daughter relationships. CeeCee’s sweet  letters from her mother, Eve’s relationship with Corrine. The lack of relationship between Vivian and her mother Genevieve. Lots of mother/daughter relationships here!

Overall I would give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Have you ever read a book by Diane Chamberlin? If so, what one?


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