“You Don’t Know Me” is the latest addition to Susan May Warren’s Deep Haven series. While the other novels in the series have for the most part stayed within the contemporary romantic fiction parameters, this one has an added layer of suspense. The story features Annalise Decker, a woman who changed her identity twenty years earlier to participate in the witness protection program. Life in small town Deep Haven is pretty much perfection for Annalise with a great husband who is running for mayor, talented kids, good friends, and plenty of school and sporting events as well as charitable organizations to keep her busy. That is until a face from her past shows up in the coffee shop one day and the perfect life she has built could come tumbling down.

Although Annalise is the primary character, other members of her family including her mother-in-law and her witness protection handler AKA known as Uncle Jack  play prominent roles also. Annalise may be keeping a HUGE secret, but it quickly becomes evident that each of the others have secrets of their own. As is usually the case with secrets, they all are eventually revealed. Although “You Don’t Know Me” is not Warren’s usual romantic style, I liked the fact that the stressful events drew Annalise and her husband Nathan closer and more in love than before. I also liked the underlying message about secrets and faith.

I have long been a fan of Susan May Warren’s books and “You Don’t Know Me” is just another example of this lady’s immense talent. Her characterization is superb. I found it easy to identify with what each person was experiencing emotionally as they wrestled with making the correct decisions. Pacing was excellent and the suspense kept me glued to the book when I should have been doing something else. I think the only thing I didn’t love about this book was that it ended much too soon and I will have to wait awhile for Susan to release another novel. I guess it would be too much to ask her to forgo her personal life to keep me supplied with reading material.

“You Don’t Know Me” is another winner from Susan May Warren and I highly recommend it.

This book was provided for review by LitFuse Publicity.


A Deep Haven Novel

Sometimes the secrets we keep to protect ourselves can be our undoing.

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 catch up with her. When Agent Frank Harrison arrives with news that the man she testified against is out on parole and out for revenge, Annalise is forced to face the consequences of her secrets. Will she run again, or will she finally find the courage to trust those she loves most with both her past and her future?

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Susan May Warren is the RITA award-winning novelist of over thirty novels. A five-time Christy award finalist, a two-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol Award.

A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you!.

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