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?
My take: You Don't Know Me is an enjoyable return to Deep Haven. (It functions well as a stand-alone novel if you haven't read any of Warren's other Deep Haven books.) The plot—about a woman in Witness Security whose long-buried past comes back to haunt her just as secrets her family members are carrying come to light—is fascinating. The characters are great, especially Frank and Helen. And I loved having faces to put with several characters—if you follow Warren's blog, you know she "cast" Keri Russell and Scott Foley (Felicity's Felicity & Noel!) as Annalise and Nathan, with Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren, Milo Ventimiglia, and Rooney Mara in supporting roles.
While You Don't Know Me is an enjoyable read, I didn't find it quite as engaging (or, as I like to say, "unputdownable") as the previous two in the series. Still, it's a great story—worthy of the Susan May Warren name. 4 stars.
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About the giveaway: Note: The Author Chat Party has been moved to December 12th, but the giveaway still ends October 22nd!
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
So grab your copy of You Don’t Know Me and join Susan on the evening of the December 12th 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 today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 12th!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."