Wednesday, October 10, 2012

You Don't Know Me

Book Review

The first thoughts that crossed my mind while reading You Don’t Know Me by Susan May Warren were, “I would like to live in Deep Haven, Minnesota.” The description of the mythical town of Deep Haven is better than the narrative from a tourist brochure. Warren paints a town that is so appealing and breathtaking it is impossible not to consider a small town relocation.

There are many things to like about this novel. This is a suspenseful book that builds gradually to the climax giving the sense that this may not end well. Warren pens a story that is exciting; but she also draws a full cast of characters that are complicated and multi-dimensional.

This is the story about Annalise Decker, wife, mother, daughter-in-law and friend extraordinaire. She does everything well. No one in Deep Haven, including her husband, would ever guess that she is really Diedre O’Reilly, relocated through the Witness Security Program – a woman who testified against a murderer who promised that he would kill her.

One of the predominant themes in You Don’t Know Me is redemption and second chances. This is shown beautifully in the protagonist’s life but also through the entire cast of characters. It is a story of the danger in keeping secrets and the devastation of a judgmental attitude. But most of all, it is a story of God’s overwhelming and amazing grace.

I loved this book. It was a book that was moving on so many levels, a book I would pick up every chance I could find, letting tasks like laundry take a secondary position. There were many wonderful things to take away from this story. I am happy to recommend this book.

I received this book from the publisher in return for a review.  All opinions are my own.

About the Book: 

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?

Meet Susan: 

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!.

Find out more about Susan May at

Win a $200 Weekend Getaway

RSVP for Facebook Author Chat Party on Oct. 23rd! Welcome to the campaign launch for Susan May Warren’s latest offering in her beloved Deep Haven series, You Don’t Know Me. Susan is celebrating with a $200 Weekend Getaway Giveaway and hosting a fun video Author Chat Party!

One fortunate winner will receive:
  • A $200 Visa Gift Card (Use that to catch up with a loved one and “Get to Know” your spouse, friend, sister, mom…whomever!)
  • The entire set of Deep Haven Books
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 22nd. Winner will be announced at the ”You Don’t Know Me” Author Chat Facebook Party on 10/23. Connect with Susan for an evening of book chat, Deep Haven trivia, and a live video chat! There will also be info about Susan’s BookShout read-along and a chance to win gift certificates, books, and other fun prizes!

So grab your copy of You Don’t Know Me and join Susan on the evening of the October 23rd for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the books – don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 23rd!

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