STORY: Lies is what Annalise Decker builds her life on; she depends on them. They are what keep her safe. Or this is what she tells herself. That’s before her past rears its ugly head and one of the three people who can destroy her life returns.
Over twenty years ago, Annalise was Deidre O’ Reilly, a young woman who helped put a dangerous criminal behind bars. Now, she’s a model citizen in the sleepy town of Deep Haven having re-invented herself in the WitSec program. Only now her inspector, Frank shows up with news that she, and her entire family, could be in danger. Suddenly her world crumbles when she is faced with choosing between leaving behind the person she is now or shattering the family she loves.
You Don’t Know Me, by Susan May Warren | Book Review
REVIEW: This is the first series I read that I discovered Warren. These books always have had a special place on my packed bookshelf, and in my heart. They’re the sort of sweet romantic comedies that realistic dreams are made of. The first three novels and then the ensuing three have a several year span between release dates. In this “missing” chuck of time, there’s a great deal of change. No longer are they quite as carefree. Now they are mature, challenging stories. You Don’t Know Me is one of the most interesting premises I’ve read in the recent months. Its main character, Annalise is in the witness protection program and given that I just finished a drama show that highlights WitSec inspectors, I did find the procedure particularly interesting. Within these pages, there is mystery that never becomes cliché.
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The theme of the story is really all about secrets, and the havoc hiding the truth can cause. Annalise’s choices present some interesting studies of her character. As we read her story I do feel torn between wondering if she truly loves Nathan or if she marries him without really “knowing” what true love feels like (because of her past). Her compulsive need to re-decorate their home informs her character. By the time the final chapters roll around, danger does come calling but everything ties up prettily.
IN SUMMARY: Unfortunately, this novel doesn’t earn my pick for the best or favorite book in this six-book series but You Don’t Know Me is a wonderful story that demonstrates how easily secrets and the lies we build can destroy lives but ultimately, it’s a beautiful inkling of the power of forgiveness. If you want a more romantic story, look to some of Warren’s earlier books.
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