An unsolved murder. A missing child. A lifetime of deception. 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 to protect a lifetime of lies...
The Lost daughter is a pager turner...
I read this novel in three days, something I haven't done with any book since my teenage years. I definitely recommend The Lost daughter if you are looking to get lost in a good book, evoke emotions and question your own belief in what's right and wrong.
I downloaded this book onto my tablet as it was on sale at the time. (It is currently available on kindle for £1.19 and Paperback for £4.52*) .At first, I thought it was going to be too lovey-dovey for my liking as Chamberlain first introduces us to CeeCee and her first crush Tim, however, I was wrong and I not only grew attached to the characters but actually missed them once I'd read the final chapter.
The storyline is fascinating and in a world now where 'catfish' are ever present it is completely believable and written in a way that I felt myself cheering on CeeCee and wanting her to be safe. The book touches on two topics, one being having to live a new life under a different name and the second being capital punishment. Alot of research must have been poured into these concepts prior to it even being written and Diane Chamberlain has certainly not skimped out on doing so.
The only bit I questioned was whether or not a midwife is able to tell you have not had a child before. In the book, CeeCee doesn't want her husband to attend any of her internal examination appointments for fear of him finding out that Cory is not her biological daughter. Now, in America it might be different and I only have one child myself so unless there is some sort of examination that happens that I am not aware of then it would be fascinating to find out more.
The story is told through the eyes of CeeCee and then later switches to that of Cory's. Although it was interesting to read the daughter's point of view, I could have done without it and not missed it all too much.CeeCee was extremely fortunate that her sentence was so short, I was pleased with this although realistically would it have been so lineant? I doubt it, but for the purpose of a happy ending it works well.
This book is one that can be discussed and debated and I am eager to get my mum to read it so we can do just that. If anyone has read the Lost Daughter, perhapes you could share your views.
Book Score 8/10
*Prices correct on 28/11/2013 at Amazon.co.uk and are subject to change