Although I have heard of the witness protection program I have never read a novel about it. This novel dives into the pain it causes to those who go into it, leaving all friends and family behind and explores the possibility of having to do it again. I was expecting a romance when I picked this book up but was pleasantly surprised to see an unusual romance, one between a husband and wife and a secondary one between an older couple. All in all, I found this book to be page turning and unexpected.
If you like mysteries like I do, this is a must read book. From the start there is the possibility of disaster in the form of publicity hanging over Annalise because her husband Nathan Decker is running for mayor in a small Minnesota town. But she completely supports him as well as encourages her youngest son Henry in soccer, her oldest son Jason, and her daughter Colleen in volleyball. However, the arrival of "Uncle Frank," her Witness Security Agent, with news of Garcia jumping parole when he got out of prison after 20 years locked up because of Annalise's testimony was the start of serious problems. Unfortunately, years ago Annalise had written her no-good boyfriend Blake giving him her address because she was lonely. Blake was just found tortured and killed before he could be hid or protected from Garcia. Not only was Frank invited to stay in the Decker basement, but he also met Helen, Nathan's mother, who lived in the cottage next door. Would Garcia find Annalise? Would Colleen act wisely or repeat Annalise's behavior with Tucker? Did Helen have cancer? Would Nathan win the race for mayor? Would Nathan overcome his insecurities or destroy his family? Would Frank save Annalise and/or marry Helen? Would Annalise ever see her parents again? Who would win what was a wild race? And who was the unlikely hero? It's one incredible story with a great title because how well do we know anybody?
This is the first book I've read by Warren and I thought it was great. I found out (after I read this book), that it is #6 in the series,, but I had no problem following along or knowing what was happening. Warren did a great job at filling in background info from previous books, but she gave away just enough that I feel like I could still go back and read the first five books. It was well-written with enough suspense to make me not want to put it down. It is a Christian book, but it doesn't come off too strong and is woven throughout the entire book beautifully. A great book that I would recommend to others.
This book has a premise that is new to me, and fascinating. It follows a woman in the Witness Security program, the changes she endures, her struggles, and her concern for her family. It starts with scenes that bring up questions, then leads into deep character development and surprising answers. I recommend you get the tissues ready. It seemed to go faster as I got further into the story. There is more suspense than romance, but the romance is sweet. I came to like Tucker more and more, not to mention Annalise and Nathan.
Annalise Decker is a perfect little wife and mother with a HUGE secret. No one in the little town of Deep Haven knows that she was once Deirdre O'Reilly and that she is hiding from a dangerous criminal. Life seems great for her until her witness protection agent shows up in town. That is when her perfect little life unravels. Of course, there's no such thing as a perfect life as we see through the story. It seems that everyone in the family has their own secret, as well. While I enjoyed the story, I had trouble relating to Annalise. She was a little too "together". It seemed as though she never made a mistake until her secret came out. I'm sorry but no one is that perfect. No one makes everything from scratch, attends every single event in which their children are participating, volunteers in so many places, and attends all the functions required of the wife of a man running for mayor. It's just not possible. Because of that, I had trouble with Annalise. I can see her wanting everyone to think she was perfect and there is nothing wrong with wanting to do all those things for your family and other. It just didn't seem realistic.