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?
How far would you run, what risks would you take to protect the ones you love? Could you restart your life and live in duplicity with danger constantly lurking in the shadows? This is the life that Annalise Decker has chosen–to seek anonymity from a relentless predator bent on vengeance in the picturesque small town of Deep Haven. You Don’t Know Me is a gripping novel that entices readers with sinister suspense, restorative romance and fragile family dynamics.
With three defined plot lines, You Don’t Know Me is a novel that breeches the generational divide by following three generations of Decker women and navigating through their web of half-truths, intentional omissions, and calculated lies. In spite of the extreme circumstances of Annalise’s exile, this story and these characters felt authentic. Many mother’s (especially sports enthusiasts) will identify with Annalise’s daily sacrifice and devotion to see her family succeed and her community prosper. The Decker family may seem to the residents of Deep Haven as the ideal family but Susan pulls back the curtains to reveal their inner workings, introducing readers to a family hanging on to the edges of pretence and denial.
Susan May Warren has proven again that she can seamlessly navigate between historical and contemporary fiction and consistently produce riveting characters and stories.