Do You Have A Secret?

You know your friends and neighbors pretty well.  The ones that you see at the PTA meetings, sitting with you in the bleachers at the soccer field or pushing the shopping cart at the corner grocery.  Those ladies you have come to rely on for the moment in the day that you might just pull your hair out but call them instead.  

But do you know their past?  What did they do before they moved in next door? Where is their family from?  Are they who you think they are?  Well?  

I ask because I have often wondered what lives other people live that we never see.  I mean think about yourself.  Do you really show who you really are inside and out all the time?  Don't you have a public persona that you put on when you have to socialize with others.  Have you found yourself using you 'telephone voice' when you answer the phone until you know who your really talking to?  

In reading You Don't Know Me, a Deep Haven Novel by Susan May Warren, I was able to explore just that part of my mind that wonders just who is really who?  I know there are deep dark secrets in my past that most people do not know about.  I have spoken here about many of them for I felt I needed to share.  But my neighbors don't know them.  The friends that I socialize with know very little of my secrets.  Only those I really trust have been told.  And that is the next question, who do you really trust?  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?

Susan May Warren is the RITA award-winning novelist of over thirty novels. A five-time Christy award finalist, a two-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol Award.

A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you!


  1. That's why I love just sitting on a bench and people watching...making up stories as they go by. One thing I'm looking forward to when I become a senior citizen: I can sit and stare at people for hours without getting stink eye from passer-by's or looking like a wierdo...I'll have earned my ability to stare at others and ponder away in my head. Yes: we don't really know who people are because everyone always has a story to tell...

  2. Same with Facebook right? Is everyone really so in love and happy?


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