Book Review: You Don’t Know Me

4 Oct

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?

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 Warren at

My Impressions:

Susan May Warren got the idea for You Don’t Know Me from an encounter she had on an airplane. Her seatmate shared that she was on her way to visit her daughter for the last time — her daughter was entering the witness security program. Something about knowing the story behind the story had me emotionally involved while reading this novel. A what if became very real. In You Don’t Know Me, Annalise Decker got her second chance. After 20 years of safety, a new family and friends, a new life, she is confronted with her past and the need to reveal decades old secrets. But Annalise is not the only one keeping secrets in the Decker family and they are all about to be exposed.

You Don’t Know Me is suspenseful on many levels. There is the obvious physical danger facing Annalise and her family, but also the emotional minefields set up by various family members in their attempt to present a picture perfect facade. I think this book would be a perfect pick for book discussion groups. It can start some very good conversations on the nature of secrets and their impact on marriage and other relationships.


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(I received You Don’t Know Me from LitFuse in return for an honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)


Susan is celebrating with a $200 Weekend Getaway Giveaway and hosting a fun video Author Chat Party!


One fortunate winners 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…whoever!)
  • 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 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!)




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