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…
This is going to be a hard book to review without giving away what happens. CeeCee lost her mother when she was 12 years old. Since then she has been moved from foster home to foster home until she reaches 16, where her and her friend move in together.
Whilst working in the local diner, CeeCee and her regular customer Tim become close and start dating. Tim is older than CeeCee, at 22 years old but she is completely in love with him. As they begin to get to know each other Tim tells CeeCee of his twin sister who is on death row. CeeCee believes Tim when he tells her is sister was wrongly sentenced. When Tim tells her of his idea to help his sister, CeeCee only takes a minute before she agrees to help. Unfortunately for her, that decision will change the rest of her life.
I really enjoyed this book, it was fast paced and easy to read. When you first meet the niave 16 year old CeeCee you want someone to help her see what Tim is like, but he showers her with attention and thats all she has wanted since her mum died.
I would have liked to have known more about Corinne’s feelings when she moved away from her mother as it felt like something was missing.
Personally I was also expecting more twists but overall it was a good read.