Tuesday, October 16, 2012

You Don't Know Me by Susan May Warren

I'd never really thought about it before. Sure, people go into a witness protection program, but how do they live their lives? Do they get married and have kids? Do they tell their spouse who they really are? What is it really like, living a lie?

We find out in Warren's latest book. A new life. A loving husband running for mayor of their town, Deep Haven. Nice kids. Active in the community and well respected.
And then the murderer she had identified as a teen gets out of prison. He had sworn to kill her. All the killer has to do is find her.

Annalise's new life of twenty years is shattered when her witness protection handler arrives to tell her the bad news. Her life is in danger – again. Her family's lives are threatened too. What can she possibly do? How can she possibly tell her family who she really is? Should she run away and leave her family? Should she stay and endanger those she loves?

Susan May Warren has done it again. This is a great novel. The action is tight and continuous, right to the very end. The character development is amazing. I've just never thought about all of the ramifications of witness protection. Do you reveal who who really are before you are engaged? How do you protect your own identity yet form a new life? Warren has done an excellent job of addressing all of these issues.

The themes presented through the novel are thought provoking. When is it right (if ever) to keep the truth from those you love? This theme is presented on several levels, from not telling someone you have cancer to the ultimate secret of new identity. And then how do you respond when you find out the person you have loved for twenty years is someone else?

Warren got the idea for this novel when she was on an airplane sitting next to a mother who was going to say good-bye to her daughter going into witness protection. You can read more of the story at Warren's website. http://www.susanmaywarren.com/novels/contemporary-romance/

Susan May Warren is the RITA award-winning author of thirty novels. She is a four time Christy award finalist, a two time RITA finalist, a multiple winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award and the ACFW Carol Award. She speaks at women's events and teaches at conferences around the nation. She has written a workbook for beginning writers and is the founder of www.MyBookTherapy.com, a story-crafting service that helps authors discover their voice. Find out more at www.susanmaywarren.com.

I am participating in a blog tour of this book.  You can see other reviews here.

Tyndale House Publishers, 384 pages.  Publisher's product page.

Please visit your local Christian bookstore to buy this book.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. 

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