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The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes

The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes

Écrit par Diane Chamberlain

Raconté par Cris Dukehart


The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes

Écrit par Diane Chamberlain

Raconté par Cris Dukehart

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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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Diane Chamberlain is the bestselling author of twenty novels, including The Midwife's Confession and The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes. Diane lives in North Carolina and is currently at work on her next novel. Visit her Web site at www.dianechamberlain.com and her blog at www.dianechamberlain.com/blog and her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Diane.Chamberlain.Readers.Page.


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  • (5/5)
    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!
  • (5/5)
    This book was great!
  • (3/5)
    I have read more than 100 pages and to be honest I think the story line is making no sense what so ever. Totally unrealistic. So stupid.Can't say more without spoilers, so I will shut up. For now!. Not sure if I can finish this book with so many idiots in it.

    Update May 17 2012: Well, I nearly quit reading this book after what I wrote above.Glad I sticked with it, only because there were so many raving reviews.

    What I do not like:
    The story is crazy, very unrealistic: Especially the kidnapping. It was so weird, giving a 16 year old such a big job to do while she did not know what she had to do. If you are kidnapping someone,you want to be sure the person who is in care of the prisoner, can handle his or her own. In this book that was not the case at all.

    2: The coincidences all through this book. 1 example: All of a sudden the husband of the kidnapper pops up to be the president of the school where Eva is teaching.
    If this is not enough, then her daughter go's to the exact same school Ceecee was in. Come on now!

    What I do like about this book:
    I like that her subjects are not doing the most obvious things. I liked that Eve's daughter did not like her mum, and that Eve made a lot of mistakes bringing her up. Normally the main character is the best mum on the planet.I liked the mental illnesses that were in this book.
    I am not done yet. Still have to read about 30% but it is getting better and better.

    Update May 18 2012. Okay finished it. I think this is a book I would consider a beach read. It is easy to read, sometimes it can be annoying but if you do not expect too much it is a nice read.
    Sometimes I am in the mood for easy reads so I will try another Diane Chamberlain book. 3.5 stars.
  • (4/5)
    This was definitely a quick read, and overall, it's more of a 3.5 than a 3. There were parts of the story that you just sort of gloss over because they don't seem to be super accurate, but it WAS a summer fiction read for me, and definitely on the lighter side of the books I've been reading, so it was easy to do.

    The summary is as follows (in a nutshell): CeeCee committed a crime back when she was 16, in which she delivered a baby girl from a kidnapped hostage who then died following childbirth. She then kept the child for her own and assumed another identity. That's the bottom line. Her child grew up, totally unaware of the way she came into the world and when everything comes out, the drama truly unfolds.

    Character wise, I just got annoyed. I'm not one for dependent people, and this book is riddled with needy characters. Eve is utterly and completely dependent on everyone she comes into contact with, with the one exception being her 2nd daughter, Dru, who she can't really connect with as much - interesting. I wanted to tell her to STOP being a therapist and get some therapy for this herself. Cory, her daughter, has so many phobias, that it actually becomes somewhat ridiculous. I got a little frustrated that the two main female roles in the book (mother and daughter) were both dependent and scared of everything, and yet the guys were much stronger and dominant. Sort of annoying.

    The one theme that is worthy of discussion in the book is what would you do for your child? What lengths would you go to in order to protect them? In this case, Eve does it all, she deceives, she overprotects, and she loves with wild abandon. Was it too much? We'll never know - the story makes it seem that Cory's anxieties are all a result of Eve's parenting, but who can say if that's the case? Whether Eve's parenting was good or bad would make for some good book club discussions.

    FAST read, and some themes (as in parenting) were good discussion points, but I just couldn't get past the annoyance of the characters.
  • (4/5)
    This was an enjoyable story. The characters were well fleshed out and while the mystery was known to the reader, how the ending would wrap up all the loose ends was thrilling and made for tense reading.
  • (5/5)
    I thought this was a fantastic book!! I love that it had a little bit of everything, suspense, drama, romance, parent/child conflict, it was great! It was also a very fast read, because it was so good, yet was light enough for summer reading and heavy enough to make you think and have an emotional reaction to the book. HIghly recommend!!
  • (5/5)
    What an emotional book! This was such an incredible story and I was totally immersed the whole time. This book was randomly suggested and I had no idea what to expect, but I'm so glad I read this. The story was different than any others I've read, it seemed realistic, and sad, even heart-wrenching at times but it was also heart-warming. Following complicated lives touched by crimes, love, lies and choices whose consequences spiraled out through family and other relationships. Families destroyed, families re-united, identities discovered, fears conquered but most of all, my heart touched. I actually cried and I would recommend this book to anyone in a heartbeat!
  • (5/5)
    What a tremendous book! There are so many issues and values at work in this book--kidnapping, death, relationships, families, truth, honesty. But the greatest issue of this story is LOVE and the many ways it is displayed amongst the characters. A quote from one of the main characters, "You can never have peace if you are living a lie" portrays one of the most important themes of this story. This is well worth reading and keeps the reader interested right to the end.
  • (4/5)
    A very interesting book with a good plot. I enjoyed the beginning and the end. The middle was a bit slow. I found myself angry with Cory because of way she turned on Eve/CeCe (besides a few other reasons). I really felt for Eve as a mother and how much she loved her daughter. Eve committed a crime but I felt sorry for her and I did not want her to go to jail. I think the author did a really good job with all the characters. I can not wait to read other books by this author.
  • (3/5)
    An imaginative, though it seems to me, implausible, story, yet written in a way to keep me turning the pages just to see what would happen next. A pretty boy with pretty words. Give a lonely girl love to get something from her; in this case, her help with a crime. Then a newborn, a dead mother, an instantaneous decision, and a new life. The years roll on. Mothers and daughters, smothering love and insecurities. Secrets long-held, now revealed. A quick and satisfying winter read. Yet, I find that it hasn't stuck with me.
  • (4/5)
    Astounding and heart renching novel! Diane Chamberlain has the talent and heart in her stories.
  • (3/5)
    I can relate to Cee-Cee's insecurities and I can understand what drove her to make the disastrous choices that she made. However, I just felt the story was a bit too contrived to consider it great fiction. Not a bad read for a rainy day, especially if you don't want to hurt your brain.
  • (3/5)
    Good story to start with about a teenager who tries to fit in, and gets involved with a man who coerces her into committing a serious crime with him and his brother. The book then tells the story of the life of the teenager and events that subsequently occurred as a result of the crime.I thought the beginning and end were good, but it was very staid and bland in the middle. Recommended reading, but just be wary of the downtime in the middle!
  • (1/5)
    This book is absolutely horrible. Clunky plot, poorly characterized...and I didn't give two hoots about any of the characters by the end. I was happy to at least see that the book is set in Charlottesville, VA and at UVA...from which I have received 2 degrees...and she didn't even manage to catch any of the beauty of the area. She didn't try. I'm not sure she's every been to Charlottesville as the has the main character working at a student diner on "Main Street." "Main Street" Charlottesville is nowhere near UVA....I kept thinking something interesting was going to happy at the end, but nothing...she tied up all the loose threads in the most boring way imaginable. It's as though she worked at it! Don't waste your time.
  • (4/5)
    Interesting story of a young, naive, 16 year old who becomes involved in a kidnapping, and it's aftermath.
  • (4/5)
    This was a real page turner. I enjoyed the story from beginning to end. I really sympathized with the main character, CeeCee. I plan to read more of Diane Chamberlain.
  • (5/5)
    A thorough engrossing story of a decision made and the lifelong consequences that result. A governor's young pregnant wife was kidnapped. Twenty-eight years later her remains are found and a man is charged with her murder. Only one person - CeeCee Wilkes - can refute the charges against him. But CeeCee Wilkes disappeared long ago.
  • (5/5)
    This was great! It was one of my first Diane chamberlain books and it didn’t disappoint.
  • (4/5)
    It took me awhile to start enjoying this book the first part seemed silly to me and I almost quit reading. I’m glad I stuck with it
  • (4/5)
    Audiobook, Actual rating 3.5

    I wasn't sure, initially, how I was going to like it but I ended up really enjoying it and relating very well to both CeeCee/Eve and Corrinne. Well read/narrated. A sweet, enjoyable book that makes you think about both sides of what seems to be an easily answered moral question that you come to realize isn't so easily answered. A book about the depths of love and the true depth and power of forgiveness. I am a Diane Chamberlain fan now.
  • (4/5)
    CeeCee Wilkes is a naive 16 year old when she falls in love with an older man who uses her to help kidnap the governor's pregnant wife. She believes that he loves her and is totally unprepared when everything goes wrong with the plan. She has to leave town and create a new identity and lives for many years with the hidden secret of what she has done until a body is found and her ex-boyfriend is charged with the murder. Only she knows the real story of what happened to the woman and to her unborn baby. Will she stay quiet or will she risk her happy marriage and life to tell the truth. Its a wonderful page turner of a novel - typical Diane Chamberlain book that keeps you up all night. Fantastic book!
  • (3/5)
    CeeCee Wilkes is a gullible 16-year-old who has been in foster homes for the past four years since her mother died of cancer. She is out of high school, on her own and working as a waitress when she meets Tim. He gets her involved in a kidnapping scheme to help release his sister from prison. Things escalate, CeeCee gets herself into a mess, and the rest of the book is about her living the next 30 years in fear of being caught under her new identity. I had a difficult time feeling like any of the many decisions and reactions of the characters were all that believable. I didn't like CeeCee for what she did, I didn't think her daughter's reactions were believable as an adult, and I didn't think anyone's "change of heart" behaviors made much sense. Because I had such a negative reaction to CeeCee's initial behavior, I had a hard time liking much of what was happening. I was just upset with her for the entire book. It all felt too pat and stereotyped, life just doesn't wrap up the way the book did. I'll try another one of her books, in case it was just the topic of this one that rubbed me the wrong way.
  • (5/5)
    Really 4 1/2 stars but quite excellent. I always am able to feel Chamberlain's characters, even when she switches every few chapters. It is a delicate storyline but handled sensitively.
  • (5/5)
    This was an awesome book! The plot planning was ongoing and always held your interest so you could not put it down! I read it via NOOK and just could not believe the imagination of the writer and the paths and obstacles of the characters (they came alive)!! I have just recently started reading Diane's books and look so look forward to reading more. The last two were 5 stars!

    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.
  • (5/5)
    I got wrapped up in this story right away, and it was a quick read for me. I wouldn't call it an "easy" read necessarily, because I did feel a little stressed out while I was reading this due to the subject matter. I couldn't imagine living with the guilt and worry and lies for so many years! Around the second half of the story I felt a little disengaged in comparison to the first half, but I still enjoyed it. I found a majority of the characters annoying and/or unlikable in the second half of the story, and I found myself getting really frustrated with them. The reason I gave 5 stars is because I really enjoyed reading this book, and felt a lot of emotion while reading.
  • (5/5)
    This book was amazing, I couldn't put it down.
  • (5/5)
    For some reason, I thought that this book was going to be more of the snail's-pace, introspective type. Introspective, yes, but also gripping and highly readable, with a surprising number of layers to sort through.

    I will say that this is probably the most tense reading experience I've ever had. At a lot of times it's not fun to be so absorbed in the main character, but it's a testament to the skill of Diane Chamberlain's storytelling that I savored every page.
  • (3/5)
    Eh. It kept my attention, but I thought it went a little overboard trying to be edgy in spots.
  • (3/5)
    Not sure why I picked this book up, I don’t even remember hearing any of my friends talking about it. From the summary I thought it would be a lot like The Memory Keeper’s Daughter. The only similarity is that an infant is taken from a mother and raised by someone else.

    The book starts in the present, with a couple, the woman a teacher with many phobias and the man a reporter, covering the biggest story of his life, a man is being sentenced after being found guilty of murdering the then governor’s wife and unborn child 20 years ago. The reporter gets pulled from the story, and as the couple watch the news, her mother appears to say the convicted man is innocent and the baby is alive.

    You’ve probably figured out who the infant that was taken from her mother is by this, and I don’t consider it a spoiler, it’s in the first chapter of the book. We know what has happened, the story is how and why it happened and what happens after and what effect CeeCee’s revelation has on her life, her family, the child and the baby’s biological family.

    I read this book in a day, in practically one sitting, I wasn’t expecting to like it that much. I’m not going to say more about the story, I don’t want to give anything more away. CeeCee starts out as a naive girl, a trusting girl looking for someone to love her, this gets her in trouble and she gets a very rude awakening that she has to deal with in order to survive. The story made sense, as CeeCee navigates life with a stolen baby, relying on the help of strangers turned friends, as she learns to keep secrets and live a lie, her constant fear of being discovered affects not only her life but the life of the baby she is now claiming as her child. I thought how this child turned out was a reasonable conclusion.

    The ending was also believable and one very important loose end is tied up. I would consider this a character driven novel, but there is a story being told here, a narrative that is compelling and entertaining.
  • (4/5)
    CeeCee is only 16-years old when she starts dating Tim. Tim soon gets her into trouble when his plan to kidnap the governor's wife to force him to release his sister from death row goes horribly wrong. Wow, this drew me in right away! I really enjoyed it. It was fast-paced. The beginning of the book and the end were easily the best parts, as I was on the edge of my seat wanting to know what was going to happen. Even the middle part of the book kept me wanting to read, even though I wasn't on the edge of my seat.