“The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes” – Chapters 11-20

25 Aug

Back for another round. I couldn’t tell you exactly what is happening at this specific portion of the book, so I won’t attempt to limit the spoilers if they appear in my answers.

1. Where do you think Marty and Tim are at in this point in the story? I always thought that the boys were further away from the cabin and the scene of the crime than they first indicated. I was skeptical of the plan – and didn’t think they’d ever actually come back to help CeeCee or close out the situation on their own. I assumed they were many states away, simply waiting to sell out their victim and accomplice to meet their end goal.

2. What were your thoughts when CeeCee was helping Genevieve deliver her baby? CeeCee should’ve been in that car, driving somewhere for help way before things got so out of control. You don’t mess with a woman in labor, and you certainly don’t put yourself in the position where you are forced into delivering an at-risk pregnancy in a strange place. CeeCee did impress me with her composure in the moments before the birth, and did the best she could, given the circumstances.

3. After Genevieve died, what would you have done with her baby if you had been in CeeCee’s shoes? Go directly to the authorities. Do not pass go, do not collect a new identity and run away to another state to raise the baby as your own. Are we now seeing how this story got a little big for its britches rather quickly?

4. Why do you think that CeeCee/Eve is still holding out hope that Tim will come for her? Poor thing, she actually loves that manipulative man, and she’s delusional enough to believe he’ll be coming back for her to live happily ever after.

5. How do you think Eve will establish her new identity in Virginia? She’ll bum around in a stranger’s house, get a job at another college diner and eventually meet a few people. By the end of the book however, you’ll still feel like she didn’t really “establish” much of an identity, and you’ll wonder how she got this far without actually developing a discernible personality. She makes some very limited friendships in her new hometown, and leaves CeeCee behind.

6. What do you think of CeeCee/Eve now that she’s gone through everything in the first 20 chapters? I think she’s so far in over her head by the end of this reading that she’s operating in a pseudo daze for her remaining teen years. By the time she matures, she looks back and has blocked many of these memories from her mind. She’s probably experiencing a little shock with the whole situation, but she’s still very naive.

I’m now currently reading “So Cold the River” by Michael Koryta, which is a huge departure from the CeeCee fluff. It’s a true ghost story set in one of my favorite places – southern Indiana. So far, it’s nothing short of amazing. I’ll attempt to keep up with the book club week to week, but have shifted my focus to this new novel, and look forward to starting something else soon.


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