Sunday, March 20, 2016
Book Review: "You Don't Know Me," by Susan May Warren
About this book:
To all who know her, Annalise Decker is a model wife and mother. She's a permanent member of the PTA, never misses a sporting event, and is constantly campaigning for her husband's mayoral race.
No one knows that Annalise was once Deidre O'Reilly, a troubled young woman whose testimony put a dangerous criminal behind bars. Relocated through the Witness Security Program to the quaint harbor town of Deep Haven, Deidre received a new identity and a fresh start, which began when she fell in love with local real estate agent Nathan Decker.
Twenty years later, Annalise couldn't be more unprepared for her past to find her. When Agent Frank Harrison arrives with news that the man she testified against is out on parole and bent on revenge, Annalise must face the consequences of her secrets. Will she run again, or will she find the courage to trust those she loves most with both her past and her future?
Susan May Warren is one of my favorite authors of Christian fiction, and her Deep Haven novels, which take place in a small town in Minnesota, are among my favorites. Unlike many of the Deep Haven novels, You Don't Know Me doesn't focus on a member of the Christiansen family (although John Christiansen does make several appearances as John's friend). This book is really about secrets, and how our past can catch up with us. Annalise thought she was doing the best thing by keeping her past from her husband and children (and perhaps she was right because it kept them safer), but at the same time she realizes that her secrets prevent her from real intimacy with her husband and other family members because she always keeps a part of her true self hidden from them. When her past finally threatens to explode, Annalise must make a brave choice: Should she hide from her past once again or bring it into the open and risk losing the wonderful life she'd been building for twenty years? This was a powerful, engrossing story that kept me on the edge of my seat and praying for a happy ending for Annalise.
Susan May Warren is the RITA Award-winning author of more than thirty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. She spent eight years as a missionary in Russia with her husband and four children before returning to Minnesota's north shore to write full-time. Visit her website at www.susanmaywarren.com.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers, but all opinions are 100% my own.