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The Lost Daughter (MIRA) [Kindle Edition]

Diane Chamberlain
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (348 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Would you live a lie to keep your child?

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 died – because she was there. She also knows what happened to the missing infant, because two decades ago CeeCee made the devastating choice to raise the baby as her own.

Now Timothy Gleason is facing the death penalty, and CeeCee has another choice to make. Tell the truth and destroy her family. Or let an innocent man die to protect a lifetime of lies.

Praise for Diane Chamberlain

‘Fans of Jodi Picoult will delight in this finely tuned family drama, with beautifully drawn characters and a string of twists that will keep you guessing right up to the end.' - Stylist

‘A marvellously gifted author. Every book she writes is a gem’ - Literary Times

’Essential reading for Jodi Picoult fans’ Daily Mail

’So full of unexpected twists you'll find yourself wanting to finish it in one sitting. Fans of Jodi Picoult's style will love how Diane Chamberlain writes.’ - Candis



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'Diane Chamberlain is the Southern Jodi Picoult' --Mary Alice Monroe

'Diane Chamberlain is a marvellously gifted author. Every book she writes is a gem.' --Literary Times

About the Author

Diane is the award-winning author of over 16 novels. Her work in psychology has given her a keen interest in understanding the way people tick, as well as the background necessary to create real, living, breathing characters.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2109 KB
  • Print Length: 544 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA (1 Mar. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9BVW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (348 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #439 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Award-winning author Diane Chamberlain, was born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey, and attended Glassboro State University. She also lived for many years in both San Diego and northern Virginia, where she still resides.
Diane received her master's degree in clinical social work from San Diego State University.

Prior to her writing career, she was a medical social worker at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego and Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C. She also was a psychotherapist in private practice in Alexandria, Virginia., working primarily with adolescents. Diane's background in psychology and her work in hospitals has given her a keen interest in understanding the way people tick, as well as the background necessary to create real, living, breathing characters.

Several years ago, Diane was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, which has changed the way she works: she occasionally types using voice recognition software. She feels fortunate that her arthritis is not more severe and that she is able to enjoy everyday activities as well as keep up with a busy travel schedule.

When not writing, Diane enjoys fixing up her house, playing with her three-legged Bernese Mountain Dog, Bruin, getting together with her friends and grown stepdaughters, and singing with an interfaith gospel choir.

Diane is the author of the bestselling Midwife's Confession. Her new book Keeper of the Light is out in January 2012


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132 of 134 people found the following review helpful
By DubaiReader VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This was a wonderfully thought provoking book covering many topical issues. Beautifully written and believable, it fully deserves its good reveiews.

It's difficult to précis the story without giving too much away.
Cee Cee is just 12 when her mother dies and she is left in care without love. When she meets Tim Gleeson she falls head over heels in love. In the first chapter we are told that Tim Gleeson is on trial for his life so we know that he's not the great catch that she thinks he is but the rest of the pieces of the puzzle are gradually added as we read on.
At the end we are left mulling over the moral issues, which are never really clear cut. We wonder what we would have done in the same situation, and most of all, whether we would have admitted our part in it. It's a heart wrenching decision and affects so many people.

Brilliant, life-like characters, all very different from one another but melding together as a whole.
I shall definitely be passing this one on - and looking out the author's past work.

NB: The Lost Daughter and The Secret Life of Cee Cee Wilkes are the same book by two different titles.
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant story! 10 Mar. 2009
Format:Paperback
This book is one where you read it until it ends without stopping except for a cup of tea when youre getting dehydrated! The writing is excellent, keeping you gripped from chapter to chapter. It is a beautifully told story about a kidnapping gone wrong and the consequences which result in massive secets and lies. A highly recommended read, this book is a gem and the best book I have read in ages. The characters are so loveable and flawed which makes them so believable. I cant wait to read more of this authors books.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding its way to my favourites. 2 Feb. 2010
By Vicki @ Cosy Books VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Diane Chamberlain has been compared to Jodi Piccoult, and I can see why, as she writes about circumstances that can make you question your morals and beliefs, and has you rethinking what is actually right and wrong. However I would go as far to say that I enjoyed this author more. I found her writing compelling and consistently engaging. I never felt bored or bogged down in detail and felt incredibly moved by the whole book. This is one that will have you thinking long after you close the pages. My best read of the year so far, I can't wait to pick up Diane Chamberlains newest book, The Bay At Midnight.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars something else 5 July 2009
Format:Paperback
totally loved this book. it gripped me from the blurb at the back. I finished it in 2 days, that is my only fault. I wanted it to go on and on. so many gripping characters and twisting story lines. I did not see the outcome coming at all..... all i can say is please read it!! it's one of those can't put it down books.... you will not be disappointed!
from a literary point of view, perhaps it isn't the best written..... however a book like this needs to be seen for what it is.... an amazing story!! i totally loved it and will be telling anyone who listens to go find it!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read 10 Aug. 2009
By JM VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful story of how a naive young girl's actions shape the rest of her life. As a teenager, hopelessly in love, CeeCee allows herself to be led into a dangerous kidnapping which ends tragically. What she does next has devastating consequences for all concerned.
I dithered over this book in the shop, should I buy it or not, wasn't quite sure it would be my kind of read, but it is absolutely brilliant, I couldn't wait to turn the next page, loved it. Looking forward to reading more by the same author.
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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A page-turner, but certainly not 5 stars 5 Feb. 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book as it was recommended for me by Amazon and it seemed to get lots of good reviews. I did enjoy it, although it is light, easy reading and doesn't really make you think at all. It touches on capital punishment but gives it no more than a cursory glance, If anything, the book is really about motherhood, love, and what makes a good mother. I read the book in 3 days and found myself staying up late at night, thinking 'just one more chapter, then I'll turn the light off'. The writing style is fluid and the main characters are well-drawn. However, I can't give it 5 stars as there were just too many implausible things that happened throughout the book. I know it is fiction and I understand the concept of suspension of disbelief, but for me there were just too many far-fetched events and characters. I know America is huge and people must go 'on the run' etc, but I found it hard to believe that the characters could really get away with the things they did, even in the States. The ending was a bit too saccharine for me unfortunately. Overall, a reasonable holiday read but in my opinion, not as exceptional as other readers have found.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Lost Track of Time! 18 Mar. 2011
Format:Paperback
CeeCee Wilkes is a naive 16 year old girl trying to make an independent way in the world after a difficult childhood. Her father never figured in her life and her strong, capable mother died from cancer at the age of 29 leaving her only child, at 12, to face the world alone. Tim Gleason is a suave 22 year old student. CeeCee is immediately taken with his staggering green eyes, his passion for study and his obvious maturity and charm. Unfortunately love blinds CeeCee to the absurdity of the situation when Tim encourages her to help him and his brother with an idea that they have. She is swept along with their righteous enthusiasm and before long she finds herself in a situation more serious and frightening than she could ever have envisaged.

On the surface this book started out as a love story but the author cleverly managed to make the reader intrigued by giving hints that perhaps not everything was as it seemed. As the story progresses it becomes more complicated but also more intriguing and so becomes a really gripping read. I found I really struggled to put this book down as I just couldn't predict what was going to happen next. It was obvious that at any point things could suddenly but it was impossible to predict.

This book was a really interesting read. There were so many factors in the story that made me think about other topics as well as just the basic storyline. The United States still has the death penalty and this had a direct impact on how Tim felt about the justice system. CeeCee decided to build a new life for herself but how easy is that to do at such a young age and is it really possible to forget your past? Is a mother responsible for all the personality traits of her child; is it nurture or nature that makes us who we are?
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