I finished reading The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes, by Diane Chamberlin, this morning and I must say, I got completely wrapped up in the story. Here is the overview from the book jacket and Barnes & Nobel – it’s much better than the explanation I tried to give Chris…
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 .
The book flashes back from the day Timothy Gleason is to be sentenced to the beginning of his relationship with CeeCee. It takes you through her journey and the life she lived with a baby (Cory) that was not her own. It circles all the away back around to CeeCee (or Eve, the name she lived most of her life under) having to make a decision that would expose a secret she had worked so hard to protect.
I felt myself feeling sorry for CeeCee (Eve) and Cory as they struggled to define their relationship and move forward with their lives. I know that what CeeCee did when she was young was wrong but in the end, I was pulling so strongly for her to be able to keep a hold of the life she had built and the family that she loved. I was also disgusted by the way that Cory’s fiancé, Ken, handled everything. He needed her to need him and I think it was wrong how he manipulated her. She needed to have her own feelings about the situation, not just the ones that Ken thought she should feel.
If you haven’t read this book yet, I would definitely recommend it. If you have read it, what did you think?!
This was the Peanut Butter Fingers Book Club selection for March. If you’re interested in reading more reviews on this book, check our Julie’s post on Tuesday!
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!