“Lies require ‘concealment'”

Hello wonderful bibliophiles, readers, writers, authors, and curious folk! (& also people who may have found this site by mistake…WELCOME 😉 ) concealment

This review is for Diane Chamberlain’s book ‘The Lost Daughter’ and is also known as ‘The Secret Life of Ceecee Wilkes’. Review title taken from the author Victoria Roth, Divergent “Lies require commitment” (another book reference! Hmm, I wonder how many I can fit in!)

Spring is looming and I thought this would be a perfect time to post a review for this book Its  definitely a ‘Spring read!’ I read it years ago and recently re-read it having gone through my book shelves!

This is a story of  mother’s love, loss, secrets and heartache. It shows how one decision can change your life and how doing something for the ones you love has both good and bad consequences. I shall set the scene, 1977, a pregnant governor’s wife goes missing and two decades later her remains are found. No one knows what happened to the child, all except Ceecee Wilkes. Caught up in a conspiracy, Ceecee vows to do what is right in order to correct the wrongs that led her to that situation. A quick decision on a very dark night left her with a life-long secret, affecting not just her, but the one’s she loves…The time has come for her to confront her past, her present, and the daughter who was lost years ago…

I will say no more as I do not want to spoil the plot for you!

I admire this book so much, especially as you feel satisfied with the ending which manages to still leave you with a sense of wonder and curiosity. This was the first Diane Chamberlain book I had ever read and since then I have collected a lot of her other novels! I would certainly recommend this book for anyone who likes the work of Jodi Picoult (I am a HUGE fan) and also Lesley Pearse (again, HUGE fan!)

For anyone who likes crime thrillers, I would also suggest this book might be for you since the mysterious element ought to intrigue you. If you fancy reading out your comfort zone, this book is perfect for just that!

Happy reading! Lx

Also, I am accepting review requests from authors. See ‘contact’ to see how to, well, contact me for requests! I review published, unpublished and yet to be! I read Paperbacks, MOBI files, PDF and email… all sorts really! Here at booksbeyondthestory.wordpress.com I go ‘beyond’ the story to a hidden depth of the book that may not have been explored, or themes which have left me curious! (And write my review in a quirky sort of manner) I would love to hear from you!


So fair I have read & reviewed YA, modern books, classics, all genres etc and I thought I should let you know what I will be posting over the next few weeks/months. My next post will be my favourite (UK spelling) Lesley Pearse novel (it’s hard to pick but I owe it to Pearse to review my favourite of hers first!) I will review all of hers I have read individually, some as a collective, but over the course of the year. I like to review books and recommend different genres as I like to appeal to most readers but also to maybe convince others to read outside of their comfort zone, or even convert people to the joy of reading altogether! My top 4 crime pics (inc mystery & thrillers) will be coming soon as well as a horror/supernatural special! Love to all my readers, likers (likers? Is that a word? Well I invented it if not for my wonderful likers!), followers, sharers etc for taking time out of your busy day to read this!





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