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Posted August 29, 2013
I really enjoyed this book. This was the second book I have read
I really enjoyed this book. This was the second book I have read by Susan May Warren and I enjoyed this one though not as much as the first one I read. Again, because it was a fiction book, you could be fairly sure that everything was going to turn out okay in the end, but the way it turned out had a few options, and I liked how it did turn out with the whole community being willing to rally around Annalise and her family and support her.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 27, 2013
You Don¿t Know Me, by Susan May Warren, makes me want to read al
You Don’t Know Me, by Susan May Warren, makes me want to read all of the Deep Haven novels. I enjoyed peeking into the crevices of the witness protection program, and experienced the emotions of the main character—Annalise. I’ve read stories of wives/husbands keeping little secrets from their spouse, but this is a doozy! Not telling who you really are/were gives a unique twist to the story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This story shines a new light on the perception that the Jones’s life is ‘perfect’. Everyone has shadows, and some are darker and deeper than others.
Susan May Warren sucked me in to this tale, made me care for the characters, and left me wanting to read more of her work. I recommend this unique and intriguing story.
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Posted August 15, 2013
Read as part of the Tyndale House summer reading program and onc
Read as part of the Tyndale House summer reading program and once again not really impressed by another Susan May Warren book. It's not bad but it's not great. There is nothing that grabs me and demands I keep reading. I have to force myself to finish this author's books. Story is a little shallow, lame and nothing to get excited about.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 10, 2013
What a book! It is a compelling tale of love, forgiveness, grace
What a book! It is a compelling tale of love, forgiveness, grace. The characters were so real, all with their own fears, their own sins. But in the end, forgiveness brings them all together.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 22, 2013
Compared to the other books in this series, this wasn't my favor
Compared to the other books in this series, this wasn't my favorite. I think the ending redeemed this book, as all of the lying that most of the main characters were doing was pretty annoying. But a decent story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 18, 2013
This book has a premise that is new to me, and fascinating. It f
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 great 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. I very much appreciate a clean, interesting story like this.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 12, 2013
Annalise Decker is a perfect little wife and mother with a HUGE
Annalise Decker is a perfect little wife and mother with a HUGE secret.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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.
Posted July 4, 2013
Through the story of Annalise, we get a glimpse of how difficult
Through the story of Annalise, we get a glimpse of how difficult it must be to leave your past behind when entering the Witness Protection Program. Not only are all material possessions and job history relinquished, but family ties are severed forever. As a teenager, she goes into hiding from the gangster who beat her and left her for dead after she testified against him. She will no longer be able to connect with anyone who loves her, to seek their comfort , or to beg their forgiveness for her poor choices. Of course, this pain is matched by that of those who must now consider her dead. It is heartbreaking to read her mother’s lament when she must say goodbye forever to her troubled daughter, knowing that she will never again be able to touch her, to see her get married, or to experience the joy of any future grandchildren.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
As the story opens, Annalise has lived in protective custody for twenty years and reinvented herself in her new home. She has a husband and three children who do not know anything about her past. Her new identity means living a series of lies and being in constant fear that a slip of the tongue or a photo in the newspaper will be all the bad guys need to locate her. She feels fairly happy and content with her life, but the secrets she is keeping from her family take their toll. The sage advice that secrets are like a cancer in a marriage is repeated several times, and it is apparent that the lack of honesty is hurting all of their relationships.
The author has managed to create characters about whom the reader cares and empathizes. We find the children, her husband and her mother-in-law all struggling alone with issues that reveal their very human weaknesses and result in their own secrets and deceptions. Each is looking for something to provide a sense of self-worth and belonging, and we hurt and worry with them. They each in their own way have to come to understand the message of Psalm 103---God knows everything about us and loves us anyway. Period.
Then, once we have been immersed in the lives of this family and its dynamics, the author turns everything upside down. A crisis arises to shake everyone up, to confront them with unimaginable choices, and carries us with heart-pounding suspense through the second half of the book . This is Christian suspense at its best- touching and exciting with a great ending.
Posted July 3, 2013
I had a hard time getting into this book. It took about four ch
I had a hard time getting into this book. It took about four chapters for me to start to connect with the characters and get a feeling for what was going on. However, after that, I couldn't put it down!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
What makes this book so great for me is the realness of the characters. They are flawed human beings trying to do the best they can with their pasts. They are multi-dimensional with failings and emotions and past mistakes that sometimes rear up to challenge their present happiness. They keep secrets from each other and justify them in all different kind of ways.
I love the message in the book of grace and mercy and forgiveness. The characters demonstrate God's grace and mercy through their love for each other and their dedication to their marriage vows. The love they share is not the romanticized literary version of perfect, happily-ever-after love, but of real life love where it is (sometimes) a conscious choice to show someone love through God's grace, mercy, and forgiveness.
I love it when a book makes me cry and this one did. There were surprises, suspense, unexpected twists, emotion, and redemption. What is not to like about a book that offers up all that?
Posted June 12, 2013
Deidre O'Reilly has been living peacefully in Deep Haven for 20
Deidre O'Reilly has been living peacefully in Deep Haven for 20 years as Annalise Decker until her "Uncle" Frank shows up and shatters the perfect life that she created. The man that she testified against is out of jail and looking for her.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Her mayoral candidate husband, Nathan is busy trying to redeem his family name after the actions of his father many years ago and has a hard time understanding when Annalise first tells him about her past.
Annalise is kept busy raising their three children and volunteering for everything in town. She is fearful of the path her daughter is taking, especially the boy she is hanging out with but the true qualities of the boy are revealed when it matters most.
I really enjoyed this book-it was full of suspense which made it difficult not to try and read it all at once.
Posted June 8, 2013
This is a really great book! This book is about a woman named An
This is a really great book! This book is about a woman named Annalise Decker. She was formerly known as Deidre O'Reilly. She is in the Witness Security Program since she testified against a very dangerous criminal. Her life seems wonderful and she is a model wife and mother until her past comes back to haunt her. This book kept me very interested to see what was going to happen. It has a lot of adventure in it. I would recommend this book to everyone! Susan May Warren is a great writer!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 5, 2013
A Deep Harbor novel, "You Don't Know Me" is also a sta
A Deep Harbor novel, "You Don't Know Me" is also a stand-alone book. (Personally I love that Susan May Warren does this, that all of the Deep Harbor books can be read without reading the others and you won't be lost - although I think it does add to the experience to have read the rest.)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Annalise Decker is a pillar in the community, a well-respected wife and involved mother who harbors a seriously deep secret - she used to be Diedre O'Reilly, a key witness whose testimony put a dangerous criminal in prison. She has been "relocated" in Deep Harbor for more than 20 years. Even her husband doesn't know her real name or anything about her past! Now, the criminal is out on bail, and is seeking revenge on the woman who put him away.
I enjoyed this book. Secrets have such painful potential, and the author illustrates well "what a tangled web we weave..." I did find myself at points saying, "Tell them already!!" because it seemed that although she was well-intentioned and wanted to protect her loved ones, in the end it caused increasing harm and confusion. I also appreciated the redemption aspect of this story. I recommend this book to all readers.
Posted June 4, 2013
Annalise is not who everyone thinks she is. She is in the Witnes
Annalise is not who everyone thinks she is. She is in the Witness Security program and hiding in a small town. Even her husband and children don't know her real identity. Then the guy who threatened her years ago is out of jail and looking for her....Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I really liked this book. I can't imagine taking on a whole new identity to be safe and then having to keep the secret from those you love. Good book with a good ending.
Posted May 9, 2013
WOW! Fantastic book! This is the first book by Susan May Warren
WOW! Fantastic book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This is the first book by Susan May Warren that I have ever read. I was captivated by the story before I even finished the prologue. By the time I was halfway through it I was checking to see if the library had some of her other books. I’m hooked and excited about the idea of reading everything she has written.
The character development is wonderful. The biblical insights were thought provoking. They made me think deeply about the application of New Testament teaching on how to live life and treat those we are closest to.
Posted February 22, 2013
Posted January 2, 2013
You Don¿t Know Me is the sixth A Deep Haven Novel Susan May Warr
You Don’t Know Me is the sixth A Deep Haven Novel Susan May Warren has written over the years. It was much different than the first three, which were published years ago. The first three were good, but I can tell that Warren’s writing has been more finely honed since then. Which isn't at all surprising since she's a great encourager of aspiring authors like myself, going so far as to make an entire online community of Christian writers called My Book Therapy.
I haven’t read many of Warren’s books lately, but that was because I’ve been in my historical romance cocoon during the last few years trying to decide what kind of historical romance I wanted to write myself. I do like her books, and I knew going in to this blog tour that I would like whatever it was You Don’t Know Me was about strictly based on what a great story-crafter she is.
You Don’t Know Me was poignant. And even though it was a contemporary romantic suspense, it had that certain mood that I adore reading. I love it when at the beginning of a novel, you just know everything is hopeless—everything goes wrong, and it starts piling up so fast the heroine doesn’t know what to do, where to turn, how to survive. And yet, in the end—after many trials and heartaches—she gets everything she’s always wanted.
I was given a paperback copy of this book by Tyndale House in order to read and give my honest review for a LitFuse Publicity Blog Tour.
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Posted December 14, 2012
Easy and enjoyable read.
Susan May Warren writes a story about a woman in the witness protection program. It was fast easy read. Some parts were predictable but didn't hurt the story. I would recommend my friends to read this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 10, 2012
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Posted November 10, 2012
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings I can honestly
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I can honestly say that I have never read a book about someone in the Witness Protection Program and to take the viewpoint of both the member in the program and the family members they leave behind is smart and unique. As the reader, I felt that Annalise's actions and feelings were true to someone who was trying to start anew and wanting to leave her past in the past. Unfortunately for her, her past gets out of jail and wants to seek revenge.
Posted October 25, 2012
Do you know who your neighbors are? I mean, REALLY know who the
Do you know who your neighbors are? I mean, REALLY know who they are?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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.