Susan May Warren is an author that I enjoy immensely. She writes prolifically. I honestly don't know how she writes as many books as she does -- and they're all creative and the type that pull me deeply into the story. With You Don't Know Me, she explores the theme of secrets and how it impacts those we love.
Annalise Decker has it all. Everybody acknowledges it, but the reality is her life is a lie. And now her past is ready to catch her. Hidden by Witness Protection, her worst fears are realized when the man she testified against comes after her. No one knows she has a new identity and the truth could destroy everything she has and the people she loves.
As the story spins out, the secrets others have harbored and the pain they create spins an intricate web. While there is a small sense of suspense, this is really a story of healing from the past, couples with a nice romance with strong secondary characters. An engaging, enjoyable read.
Can you imagine what it would be like to be suddenly thrust into the Witness Protection Program, leaving behind everything and everyone you know, to start all over again?
You Don't Know Me asks that emotionally charged question. Deidre O'Reilly has had to start her life all over once 20 years ago, so when faced with being moved again she has many challenging decisions to make.
Susan May Warren writes a fast moving tale filled with action, and emotions that run deep. I loved how fast the pages turned and how it had me on the edge of my seat, worried to death how they would ever untangle the mess they were in!
The characters were strongly written and the plot was very touching and poignant. Ms. Warren worte every aspect of this book with such meaning and suspense, that even though this wasn't exactly my style, I came away satisfied and an even bigger fan of Ms. Warren than before.
I don't want to give too much away so I'd better stop talking pretty soon, but this is a book that I highly recommend, as a fast paced emotionally charged read that requires a whole box of tissues to get through!
I received this book from the publisher through Litfuse in exchange for an honest review! Thanks!
Do you know who your neighbors are? I mean, REALLY know who they are?
Susan May Warren has woven an intricate, intriguing story about a young woman, Annalise Decker, who is in the Witness Security Program after testifying again drug lord, Luis Garcia. Her life became established like any normal family life would in Deep Haven. Except she has secrets. Secrets she's told no one, not even her husband and children. However, secrets usually come back to haunt you one way or another. This happens to Annalise when Garcia jumps parole and strikes out to find and kill her twenty years later.
Susan's superb suspense book starts out with the typical heart-warming and sometimes tense Decker family issues ranging from cancer, other-side-of-the-track boyfriend, small family arguments, and a husband running for mayor. Nathan's issues of trying to better himself, Annalise's multiple activities in the community and family, children in school and doing well academically, and both Nathan and Annalise involved in campaigning for Nathan as Deep Haven's mayor sets the typical family scene.
Enter Agent Frank Harrison, aka Uncle Frank, and typical family life flies out the door. The chatter between Frank and Annalise raises suspicions, but not enough to divulge the "secret." Plus, the romance between Frank and Nathan's mother, Helen Decker, has a life of its own, and Nathan isn't so sure he likes it! It's important that an agent stays neutral in his cases, but Frank oversteps those lines and makes a dangerous situation worse.
The author's multiple twists keep you hanging onto your seat. You think you have it figured out, and she throws a wrench into the plot! It ain't over till it's over. Just the way I like a great suspense story!
The issue of God and His loving care is carried through the doubts of Annalise as things keep falling apart. Will she learn to accept God's love despite the circumstances? She's been running and hiding for years. Will she run again when the Garcia gets close? Or will she trust God, her agent and her family? You can find out by picking up Susan's book, You Don't Know Me. A suspense and romance reader's delight!
This book was provided free by Amy Lathrop of Liftfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.
YOU DON'T KNOW ME by Susan May Warren is another interesting "A Deep Haven" novel christian romance. It is book #6 in this series,but can be read as a stand alone. It has everything a reader could possibly want in a story,secrets,faith,healing,forgiveness,mystery,learning to trust again,and did I mention the Witness Security Program. Annalise Decker is a wife and mother,a PTA member but will her true identity come forth? She is really Deidre O'Reilly,a young lady who testified against a harden criminal and given a new identity and a new location to the sleepy little town of Deep Haven. Now after twenty years everything and everyone she loves could be threatened as she learns the man she testified against so many years before out of jail and may be looking for her.Another fast paced story by an author who not only draws her readers in but who writes stories with personality,charm,and love. I have enjoyed the sleepy little town of Deep Haven,with its charm and characters. A story with a solid plot and characters. A charming tale of love,sacrifice,forgiveness and healing. Received for an honest review from the publisher. Details can be found at the author's website,Tyndale,and My Book Addiction and More.
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews
Annalise has left her past behind her, living in Deep Haven for 20 years. In those years she'd married Nathan, a real estate agent and mayoral candidate. Together they built a life that includes three children, and many good friends. The perfect life, or so she thought, until Annalise notices someone from her past sitting in the local coffee shop; where she had just purchased a cup of coffee.
You Don't Know Me by Susan May Warren had me hooked from the moment I began reading the prologue. Unfortunately for me, after I read the prologue, I decided to read the author's note, bad idea, because by reading the author's note first the surprise of discovery was lost for me. I kept reading even still and found myself reading until deep into the night to finish the story.
I felt connected to the characters, they felt real, and were dealing with everyday problems. As well as, not so every day problems. One of the main themes in this book was secrets and lies, and how they damage everything they touch. The another major theme is forgiveness: God's forgiveness and forgiveness for those who have hurt you. Lies and secrets destroy, but bringing lies and secrets into the light brings healing.
I do not remember reading any other books by Susan May Warren, but now that I have read You Don't Know Me, I will definitely choose to read more of her books. I loved how the characters jumped of the page and into my imagination. Someone once said something like this: reading is like a movie playing in your imagination, well I believe that Susan May Warren has the incredible talent to write in such a way that makes this saying so very true. I highly recommend this book and look forward to revisiting Deep Haven.
**You Don't Know Me by Susan May Warren was provided for me free by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.