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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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More! More! More!

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!

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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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.

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  • Marcia
  • Murrieta, CA, United States
  • 09-24-13

Loved It!

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

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  • tamileacan
  • BAKERSFIELD, CA, United States
  • 03-27-14

WOW!!!

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.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Lots of turns and twists

Start reading one story and it
Turns into another . I love the way she builds the characters . Real extraordinary things that could happen.

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Captivating!

I love this narrator- her voice really matched the characters in my head.
The story was great! I cried a couple of times and just wanted to keep listening.

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  • Emma
  • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 12-24-13

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.

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Wow great read!!!

Enjoyed the way the book is written. The letters from the mom were so fabulous to hear. The performance was done very well. At first I thought Holy Smokes 74 chapters and I had no road trip to go on! But it was a book I couldn't stop listening to. Thank you for writing this book!!!!

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  • Melody
  • Berkeley Springs, WV, United States
  • 07-25-14

My Favorite

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

Best Book EVER!

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

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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)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful