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As a nine-year-old child, Eden Moran witnessed the murder of her beloved teacher, Sister Beatrice. Her mind blocked the horrifying memory, and now, seventeen years later, Eden still can't recall what she saw that fateful day at Albuquerque's St. Patrick's Church. The nun's remains have been unearthed at a local construction site, and Albuquerque police detective,...
As a nine-year-old child, Eden Moran witnessed the murder of her beloved teacher, Sister Beatrice. Her mind blocked the horrifying memory, and now, seventeen years later, Eden still can't recall what she saw that fateful day at Albuquerque's St. Patrick's Church. The nun's remains have been unearthed at a local construction site, and Albuquerque police detective, Kevin Dancer, starts pressuring Eden to search the shadows of her terror for clues.
Eden insists she didn't see the killer that day. She can't even remember knowing Sister Beatrice. Regardless, Detective Dancer refuses to give up on her. He's not only hell-bent on solving the crime, he's falling in love with her. If her memories resurface, she'll be in danger, and he wants to protect her. The killer seems determined that she'll take the memory to an early grave.
Donnell Ann Bell is the recipient of numerous awards for her fiction writing and the co-owner of Crimescenewriters, a Yahoo group for mystery/suspense writers, which is 2,000 members strong. Donnell was raised in New Mexico's Land of Enchantment and today calls Colorado home.
Posted July 17, 2013
Donnell Ann Bell deftly intertwines a fast-paced thriller with an emotionally-charged love story. Deadly Recall will entice devotees of both genres, with added appeal for those who appreciate the southwestern setting of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The mystery begins when nine-year-old Eden Moran learns that her beloved mentor, Sister Beatrice, is leaving the school that very day. When released for recess, the devastated Eden dashes across the playground to St. Patrick’s Church with hope of finding the nun even though it was against the rules to leave the school yard. She knew it was a sin to disobey but she had to take the chance. Unseen by Father Munroe and Sister Beatrice, Eden witnesses an argument between them that turns physical. The sister falls and the priest is unable to wake her. The shocked Eden sneaks back out and races back to the school’s playground. Here, panicked adults await her. When they ask her where she’s been, the little girl tells them she couldn’t recall.
Seventeen years later: Eden—who had acted so outrageously all those years ago that she was expelled from school and sent by her parents to live with her aunt—has returned to Albuquerque. Now 26, she is an attractive and successful public defender. Unfortunately, relations with her parents are still strained.
It isn’t long before Eden meets Albuquerque Police Detective Kevin Dancer. Attorney and cop can’t help but be attracted to each other, but the detective’s job is to put the bad guys in jail, while the public defender seeks to help the accused remain free. To add further complications, like Eden’s, Kevin’s family relations are troubled. Thus, both are wary of close relationships.
The skeletal remains of one Celeste Lescano, aka Sister Beatrice, have been uncovered at a construction site inciting Detective Dancer to solve this cold case. When he investigates, witnesses recall Eden’s close childhood relationship with the nun. However, when Kevin questions Eden, she denies having known Sister Beatrice.
Eden invites Kevin to attend her sister’s wedding at St. Patrick’s in hopes he’ll meet people who actually knew the woman. Father Munroe, now a bishop, officiates and attends the reception. Noting the bishop’s attraction to women, Detective Dancer pencils him in as a possible suspect.
Murders and close calls occur bringing more twists and turns to the story. It seems that Sister Beatrice’s killer wants to make sure that Eden doesn’t have the chance to recall what she witnessed that fateful day—by doing whatever it takes to keep her quiet forever. The suspect list lengthens, with St. Patrick Church as the focal point, making Kevin and Eden at odds with each other even as their irrepressible attraction heats up and Eden’s life becomes increasingly in danger.
Deadly Recall is a page-turning thriller that comes to a breathless conclusion. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this emotion-packed action story by Donnell Ann Bell so much that her November release of Betrayed is on my personal reading list. In the meantime, I have ordered Bell’s earlier thriller, The Past Came Hunting. I look forward to reading more suspense mystery novels from this award winning author.
Posted May 10, 2013
I always enjoy a book that has a new twist and isn't the "same old, same old" as all the rest. This is one of those books. Here is a story about a woman that has blocked out a chunk of her past from when she was a child, an important part, and all that happens to cause her to recall her memory. I don't "do" spoilers....so I'll just say that I enjoyed this book. Ms. Bell did a wonderful job in creating the scenes between the heroine and her hero. Their angst was almost palpable and their attraction was fun to witness them wrestle with. With each of them fighting their own demons within, they learned that together they were stronger. The suspense here was so well done that there were numerous suspects and at the end, I was totally surprised at who the actual bad guy truly was! There is limited bad language and the two sex scenes are tastefully done. This is an easy read and I finished in a few days.
I received this book in a blog site giveaway.
Posted April 18, 2013
I could barely put this novel down. I was left guessing and wondering who did what and what would come next. It was a bit of a thrill ride. It was also quite emotional. The author managed to combined so many different aspects of reality with this one that I was left without words at the end.
Bell has such a smooth, approachable writing style that you find yourself flowing seamlessly through this story. She uses a variety of different description types to create various illusions and emotions throughout. A combination of a very strong narrative and brilliant character interactions serve to cement this. And to top that all off, there is an amazingly solid storyline behind this as well. There are a few sub-storylines that serve to cement the action and progression of the main story. It all wraps together brilliantly in the end.
The characters had me going a little crazy at some points, hoping at times that they would get together, and at others that they wouldn’t. Also, some of their actions seemed a little counter-intuitive to me when they happened, but in retrospect, they make sense. That said, the main characters in this novel were the perfect example of opposites attract. And you get to know them so well that you want to find yourself hanging out with them at a barbecue. They are mentally, physically, emotionally, and historically developed characters. As far as characters go they were brilliant but, I would have preferred a bit more development in some of the supporting cast who play larger roles within the novel, but this didn’t serve to detract from the story itself.
As a whole I thoroughly enjoyed my time with this novel. Bell definitely kept me on my toes with this one, but yet the story flowed perfectly.
Please note that I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review
Posted April 15, 2013
Donnell pens "Deadly Recall" in a complex plot with plenty of twists and turns that will keep you guessing even when you think you've figured it all out. Her characters were well developed and thought out in this page turning book filled with mystery and romance. A must read for all thriller, mystery and romance fans.
This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Posted April 6, 2013
The unearthed bones of a murdered nun shake the world of all who knew her seventeen years ago when she disappeared. Detective Kevin Dancer, one of Albuquerque's finest, is assigned to this case.
Secrets abound at St. Patrick's Church, and beautiful attorney Eden Moran knows more than she's telling. Her life changed drastically 17 years ago, resulting in her leaving the church school and being raised by her aunt.
As Dancer pushes her to remember, the killer keeps his eye on Eden. He'll do anything to protect his secret. This was a satisfying, page turning read. I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended.
Posted March 23, 2013
Review of Deadly Recall by Donnell Ann Bell
I reviewed a complimentary e-book copy provided by the author and publisher via NetGalley, in return for my fair and impartial review.
“Deadly Recall” is a thriller as much as it is romantic suspense, with a cast of characters who keep turning the screws of tension (and turning up the interpersonal heat level) while the protagonist, Eden Moran, suffers from traumatic amnesia, a condition which revolves around only one set of memories—but which has affected her entire life from age nine. Once a good student, and a prodigal piano artiste, one event—and the fact that she witnessed it, inadvertently, resulted in failing grades, expulsion from the parochial school, a lifetime of manipulation and disbelief from her controlling mother. Now she is an accomplished public defender for the City of Albuquerque, managing a lonely but successful life—until bones are discovered in the desert, in the excavation for yet another new shopping center.
Over the past couple of decades, scandal and trauma in the Roman Catholic Church has been exposed often, specifically child abuse. Author Donnell Ann Bell takes a new perspective to the Church, offering a priest who first seduces nuns, then murders; then gets a promotion. The sensuality is steaming but tasteful, and the romantic tension and push-me/pull-you emotions between the detective and the public defender are delightful, sure to appeal to readers who love romantic suspense which has both the qualities of romance and of suspense.
Posted February 19, 2013
Deadly Recall by Donnell Ann Bell
Deadly Recall kept me guess to till she told us who was guilty by showing him covering up for his wrong deeds. I like the characters were all different their were ones that we were not supposed to like so of course I didn't. The story kept me wanting to know more about the characters and I did not want to put the book down.
Eden Moran had gone through some tough times. The more her past became clear the more I admired her. When she was nine she witnessed something that shocked and changed her to the end of the book. She blocked it out of her mind for seventeen years.
Sister Beatrice was a nun who disappeared seventeen years ago. No one reported her missing, because she was leaving anyway. Now her bones were dug up construction workers.
Kevin Dancer APD got the case when the bones were discovered seventeen years later. It was hard to find witnesses who might have known what happened to her. He was told by a few people that she was close to one student nine year old Eden.
Eden is now a public defender the opposition for the police. When Kevin tries to question her about Sister Beatrice, she tells him that she did not know her. He told her that a few different people told him she was close to her. Eden remembers getting kicked out of school at nine. Then she was shipped up to her Aunt's because she refused to go to church or play the piano anymore.
Kevin is getting the run around and not getting to talk to some leaders of the Catholic Church at the time Sister Beatrice was a nun teaching the children.
Eden agrees to be her sister's bridemaid and panics when she enters churches. She runs into the Father George Slater who is the pastor of St. Patrick's. He hints that she might want to bring detective Kevin to the wedding as her date. Since most of the people he needs to talk to will be thier.
Kevin agrees to go to the wedding. When Eden almost faints during the service he reaches her before she can hit the floor.
After the wedding that night someone breaks into her building and attacks her neighbor.
Thier is lot of drama, humor, some love scenes. It was not a boring book. I like Donnell Ann Bell's writing and look forward to reading more of her books in the future.
I was given this ebook and asked in return to give honest review of it by Netgalley.
01/29/2013 PUB BelleBooks, Inc. 256 pages ISBN-10: 1611942446
Discription below taken off of Goodreads
A terrifying memory is locked deep inside of her. A killer wants to keep it that way.
Nine-year-old Eden Moran thought she was saying good-bye to her mentor that fateful day in St. Patrick’s. She had no idea she’d witness the nun’s demise, or that her child’s mind would compensate. Now seventeen years later, Albuquerque cops have unearthed human remains, and the evidence points to Eden as being the key to solving Sister Beatrice’s murder. When a hell-bent cop applies pressure, Eden stands firm. She doesn’t remember the woman. Unfortunately for Eden, Sister Beatrice’s killer will do whatever it takes to keep it that way.