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The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes | [Diane Chamberlain]

The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes

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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Publisher's Summary

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....

©2006 CeeCee Wilkes (P)2013 Tantor

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    Simone 11-22-13
    Simone 11-22-13 Member Since 2014

    Join me on GoodReads too!

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    Great story! I love getting sucked into a good book that keeps me engrossed and that is hard to put down! Books like that feel like a treat.

    It was a true page-turner, I was gripped and anxious to know “what would happen next” throughout the entire thing. There were no “gimme a break, this is over the top” moments, and the plot felt believable because the characters were all so sympathetic.

    If all of Diane Chamberlain’s books are this good, my 2014 reading list it set!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    ROBIN SODDY DAISY, TN, United States 11-15-14
    ROBIN SODDY DAISY, TN, United States 11-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Just glad it's over"

    I want to preface this review with the fact that I just finished Necessary Lies (my first Diane Chamberlain book) and I enjoyed that one very much.
    This book, however, was draining, and full of unlikable characters. Although it was fairly well narrated, and the story line was an interesting concept, I found myself checking the time left, and just wanting it to end.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer BAKERSFIELD, CA, United States 03-27-14
    Amazon Customer BAKERSFIELD, CA, United States 03-27-14 Member Since 2009
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved everything about it. Just WOW!!! This was a very absorbing, emotinal page turner. I could not stop listening. Now off to see if Diane Chamberlain has come even close with her other works.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Melody Berkeley Springs, WV, United States 07-25-14
    Melody Berkeley Springs, WV, United States 07-25-14 Member Since 2014

    I wish I was a twin so I could hang out with someone like me all day!

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    "My Favorite"
    If you could sum up The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes in three words, what would they be?

    Best Book EVER!


    Any additional comments?

    This is truly my favorite book of all time! I loved this book and every twist and turn.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marcia 09-24-13
    Marcia 09-24-13

    Reading has always been my guilty pleasure. I would take stacks of books from the library. Now I listen to Audible.

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    "Loved It!"

    Fascinating story. All of the ins and outs of disappearing from one life and creating a new personna.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Fulmer Chapin, SC 12-07-14
    Patti Fulmer Chapin, SC 12-07-14 Member Since 2013

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    What did you love best about The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes?

    By far, my favorite Diane Chamberlain so far...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marian. She was a gutsy broad!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Cori visiting Eve in prison.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela 02-25-15
    Pamela 02-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Really enjoyed this book!"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, it kept me wanting to find out what happened next!


    Any additional comments?

    As usual with a novel, some of the story seemed a bit far fetched, but it was very interesting and the story dealt with an unusual situation and the emotions of the characters were very believable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret D. McCaskey 07-20-14 Member Since 2013

    I enjoy fiction, memoirs, history and some self help books.

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    "Really enjoyable!"
    What did you love best about The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes?

    Her short friendship with Naomi.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cee cee's mother because she wants to help her daughter be the best person she can be even after her death


    Have you listened to any of Cris Dukehart’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't know.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    How far would you go for love? (Key ominous music)


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emma Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 12-24-13
    Emma Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 12-24-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Could have been good"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I really want to like this book but the narrater just killed it for me. She was just over the top and used weird accents/voices for characters.The story itself was actually pretty interesting with twists and secrets but probably best to just read this book than listen.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jack 03-25-15
    Jack 03-25-15
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    "Slow start but great book"



    When I first started this book I thought the premise was silly. But it grew on me and I needed to hear how all the characters lives ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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