Review: ‘The Lost Daughter’ by Diane Chamberlain

In 1977, pregnant Genevieve Russell disappeared. Twenty years later, her remains are discovered and Timothy Gleason is charged with her murder. What follows is a massive media storm surrounding Gleason’s trial. Timothy Gleason is facing the death penalty for his part in the crime. However, the unborn child that Russell was pregnant with when she disappeared is nowhere to be found.

CeeCee Wilkes knows what happened to the baby but CeeCee Wilkes has disappeared off the face of the earth. The only person who knows the truth has vanished.

This book is well-written, with a great account of what it is to be young and naive. CeeCee is a vulnerable girl who is just looking for love. Chamberlain helps the reader empathise with her, rather than just dismissing her as a silly child. You remain on CeeCee’s side despite her terrible decisions. The characters of Marty and Tim are interestingly portrayed. The humanity of all the characters is on display, meaning that no-one is considered all bad.

There are some great twists in this story – you realise that, like CeeCee, you’ve been conned.

It’s a great, suspenseful read.

Vic x

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