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Not sure why I picked this book up, I don’t even remember hearing any of my friends talking about it. From the summary I thought it would be a lot like The Memory Keeper’s Daughter. The only similarity is that an infant is taken from a mother and raised by someone else.
The book starts in the present, with a couple, the woman a teacher with many phobias and the man a reporter, covering the biggest story of his life, a man is being sentenced after being found guilty of murdering the then governor’s wife and unborn child 20 years ago. The reporter gets pulled from the story, and as the couple watch the news, her mother appears to say the convicted man is innocent and the baby is alive.
You’ve probably figured out who the infant that was taken from her mother is by this, and I don’t consider it a spoiler, it’s in the first chapter of the book. We know what has happened, the story is how and why it happened and what happens after and what effect CeeCee’s revelation has on her life, her family, the child and the baby’s biological family.
I read this book in a day, in practically one sitting, I wasn’t expecting to like it that much. I’m not going to say more about the story, I don’t want to give anything more away. CeeCee starts out as a naive girl, a trusting girl looking for someone to love her, this gets her in trouble and she gets a very rude awakening that she has to deal with in order to survive. The story made sense, as CeeCee navigates life with a stolen baby, relying on the help of strangers turned friends, as she learns to keep secrets and live a lie, her constant fear of being discovered affects not only her life but the life of the baby she is now claiming as her child. I thought how this child turned out was a reasonable conclusion.
The ending was also believable and one very important loose end is tied up. I would consider this a character driven novel, but there is a story being told here, a narrative that is compelling and entertaining.