This is the first book I’ve read by Susan May Warren, and I wasn’t disappointed! You Don’t Know Me captures the “perfect life” of the Decker Family and their response when things go awry. After a peculiar stranger comes to town, pasts and presents come to the surface and life as the Deckers know it turns upside down. Each member of the Decker family must decide whether the perceptions they believe about themselves are reality, or whether they’re above the lies and other people’s opinions of them.
This book captivated me from the beginning. It’s not everyday a book is written about hidden identities and the lies being told for the sake of someone’s safety. Themes like “truth always prevails” and “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” were continuously intertwined throughout the story. One concept that stood out most of all was never giving up on someone else, even if they’re not who you expected. Some characters, like Annelise and Frank, held deep secrets so closely that if they surfaced, the character’s reputation would be jeopardized. Others, like Nathan and Helen, felt so guilty for past family experiences that they worked past the perception created by others.
This book is a great read for anyone looking for a little suspense, but not too much. I’d also recommend it for anyone who hasn’t read much Christian fiction, but is willing to expand their repertoire.
For more information about Susan May Warren, visit http://www.susanmaywarren.com.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the book for review purposes from Tyndale House Publishers.