Monday, April 21, 2014

Donna M. Zadunajsky Reviews; Broken Promises and Not Forgotten

Broken PromisesBroken Promises
By Donna M. Zadunajsky
Publisher: Little T’s Corner
ISBN: 978-1938037146
Published: December 2013
Pages: 360
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Two years after their marriage, Jim Culback wasn’t the man Clare thought he was. How many more broken promises could she accept? After packing and moving everything they owned from Ohio to Naples, Florida, she actually thought things would get better in their marriage, but as time went by she couldn’t take the beatings, the lies and the cheating any longer. Leaving him, she came across a notebook stuffed under the sofa cushion. Could her husband be capable of doing what he wrote? Is Jim responsible for the murders of two women? A detective from Chicago is put on the case to help solve the murders and has an encounter with Clare. What develops between them? Can Clare trust another man? Or does Jim have other plans for Clare?
My Review:
This is a perfect mystery novel. There is murder, suspects, found but confusing evidence and a woman that is making a big decision. I liked that Clare was a strong character. However I was mad that for the first half of the book she was unsure to leave her abusive husband or not. I would have liked her to have been more sure, and to take a stand against spousal abuse. Once the mystery started to unfold I was hooked and I enjoyed reading the epilogue and how everything fell into place. I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy to review from Book Review Buzz, however all opinions are my own. 
Not ForgottenNot Forgotten
By Donna M. Zadunajsky
Publisher: Little T’s Corner
ISBN: 978-1938037177
Published: May 2013
Pages: 334
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Twenty-six years later, Deanna Iris and her son move back to the town she grew up in, back where her secret began and where her life changed forever.
Unpacking boxes, she receives a call from Officer Bates stating that her sister and son were in a car accident and are in critical condition. Upon arriving at Mendota Community Hospital, she is approached by Officer Bates, who takes her in to see them.
Sitting with her son Brent, who is unconscious, and her sister Shelia, who suffers from a head injury and is in a coma, Deanna meets their doctor for the first time. Is it Dr. Sheldon’s face that reminds her of someone she knew? Could it be possible that her dead daughter from twenty-six years ago could now be alive?
After meeting with a friend who knew about her secret and who is later found murdered, Deanna receives a note in her mailbox telling her to get out of town before what happened to her friend will happen to her. What transpired all those years ago and who is this mysterious woman she sees as she drives by her sister’s house? Will Deanna ever allow herself to be loved? Or will searching for the answers to her past lead to her death?
My Review:
This book had a great plot, and I really enjoyed the idea of meeting up with a loved one that you thought was dead. The author left a lot of the character development to the readers, and I would have liked more descriptions in the story. However the author kept me interested with the wonder of who the killer was, why Deanna's friend is murdered, and what really happened the night Deanna gave birth. I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy to review from Book Review Buzz, however all opinions are my own.

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