So, I just finished reading You Don't Know Me by Susan May Warren. At first I was a little skeptical. I thought it might be overly cheesy or unrealistic, but I was pleasantly surprised! First of all, I am kind of a wuss... I don't watch suspense movies or read scary books, especially if my husband is working at night or something. There were definitely a few places in this book that had me on the edge of my seat... and I purposely didn't read the week my husband was out of town... just in case it got a little too scary for me.
This is such a great story, not only because of the suspense, but because of the message of God's redemption and forgiveness. A major theme is honesty and commitment in marriage. Annalise Decker (previously Deirdre O'Reilly) was moved as part of the witness protection program. She starts over in a small town, falls in love with and marries Nathan Decker. They start a family. Twenty years later, when her children are in middle school and high school and her husband is running for mayor, Frank (her witness protection agent) appears and tells her that the drug dealer/murderer she testified against was out of prison and most likely looking for her. Annalise's family knows nothing of her past, and when the truth does come out, Annalise learns she isn't the only on with secrets. As each member of the family struggles with different hurts and betrayals, they have to overcome their feelings and pull together to keep one another safe.
My favorite thing about this book is that Susan tells many stories, tying them all together in such an intricate way. You don't only get to know Annalise. You get the perspective of her husband, Nathan; her mother-in-law, Helen; her daughter, Colleen; her agent, Frank; and Colleen's boyfriend, Tucker. My heart just ached for each of them, in different ways... and I was so nervous for what would happen when Annalise's past caught up with all of them.
In the end, the beauty of God's grace, even when we think we don't deserve it and the irrevocable truth of His forgiveness and the way in which He wants us to forgive are made so clear, in the lives of each one of the characters.
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