Not FORGOTTEN

Not FORGOTTEN

by Donna M. Zadunajsky

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ISBN-13: 9781537051635
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/25/2016
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Donna M. Zadunajsky was born and raised in Bristolville, Ohio, and resides in Homer Glen, Illinois. She enjoys reading working on crafts and scrapbooking. She graduated from The Institute of Children's Literature in 2011, following writing classes at Gotham Writer's and James Patterson's Masterclass.
She wrote children's books before she published her first novel, Broken Promises, in 2012. She followed with several more novels and her first novella, Help Me, on the subject of suicide and bullying.
Her third novel Family Secrets... Secrets and Second Chances, the first of a series, is in current publication.

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Not Forgotten 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
sewolf0310 More than 1 year ago
Deanna had something so life changing happen to her 26 years ago, and because of that, was very reserved about opening up to anyone. After years of researching keeping an eye out, the house she grew up in was listed on the market.  She bought it and began to move in.  That’s when so many occurrences began to happen.  Her son and her sister were in an accident and that’s when her life began to become unraveled.  It was difficult for Deanna to believe these situations were related at first.  The more she began to ask, search and dig, the more things became more unbelievable.  Who could she trust, who could she open up to.  Her son, her sister, her old neighborhood and town.  So many questions, so many confusing situations. Fast paced page turner.  The more you read, the more you want to read.  You’ll want to see Deanna find the answers to the questions.  The cast of characters will keep you interested.  No grammar, spelling or writing issues made it enjoyable to read. I feel a cover with a headstone in the cemetery peaks your interest even more as to what type of story includes a cemetery headstone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are a Mary Higgins Clark fan, you will love Not Forgotten, by Donna M. Zadunajsky. A page-turner, Not Forgotten draws you in right from page one, and holds your interest until the last word of the final chapter. I could not stop reading this book! It is written in a clear, descriptive language, and told in the first-person from the point of view of the protagonist, Deanna.  Deanna has lived a troubled past. Her childhood has been one built on deception and lies.  Deanna moves back to her small hometown of Mendota after purchasing the house which once belonged to her parents. The day of the move, Deanna’s son, Brent, and her sister, Sheila are involved in a car accident which leaves Brett unconscious and Sheila in a coma. Through a series of twists and turns, Deanna begins seeking answers about her past, which brings her close to death as chilling facts come to light in this suspenseful novel.  I enjoy a suspense novel that includes some romance, and Not Forgotten fits that bill. Throughout the novel, Deanna re-establishes and solidifies her relationship with long-time boyfriend, Brice. This storyline adds depth to the characters, allowing readers a chance to see Deanna’s softer and more vulnerable side. Minor characters also add interest to the storyline. Questions of ethics come into play in the novel, too. More than once, while reading the book, I asked myself if Deanna’s mother’s actions throughout the book were a sign of weakness or strength. I also had to question Hank’s motives and actions as well as those of Officer Bates. Were their actions and lies justified? These are just some of the questions that, for me, made Not Forgotten an intriguing and thought-provoking suspense thriller. The cover of Not Forgotten, by Donna M. Zadunajsky is dark and foreboding. The eye is immediately drawn to the cross-shaped headstone on the bottom left of the cover, and then to a row of crosses and headstones in the shadow of an old wood and stone house. The artwork draws you in and makes you want to know more about Kimberly Rose Iris, the name on the headstone in the foreground. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read, couldn't stop reading until the last page. The characters were well developed and the plot was well thought out. A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
EDL85 More than 1 year ago
"Not Forgotten" is an engaging suspense novel in which one woman's past that she hasn't quite been able to deal with comes back to intertwine with her present life. Deanna, a single mom, moves with her son Brent to her childhood home, hoping to reconnect with her sister; perhaps one day she can open her heart to her old neighbor, Brice, who is in love with her. However, her new life doesn't get off to a great start; her sister and her son are injured in a car crash, and at the hospital Deanna becomes convinced that the doctor is perhaps her daughter. Deanna, who had a daughter very young, was told that daughter was dead, but as she starts to investigate the truth of that, what she thought she knew about her past begins to unravel and place her in great danger… "Not Forgotten" does a good job of building a mystery right from the start…the narrator has a secret and references it frequently, but builds the suspense before she finally tells you. That secret leads to another and another, as Deanna tries to protect herself while also finding the truth she has always longed for. I liked Deanna as a character; she's smart and brave, and relatable in how she's too wounded to open herself for love again. She's also a sympathetic character, given her past. I was pulling for her and Brice to make it, as well as for her to find happiness. One of the twists was a little far-fetched for me, but not enough to keep me from enjoying the story. My only real complaint is that at times I thought the prose was a little too simplistic and clumsy; it could be smoothed out. Other than that, though, I would recommend "Not Forgotten" to readers who like suspenseful mysteries, especially books that deal with family ties and long-hidden secrets.
JulieGB More than 1 year ago
After Deanna buries her newborn daughter and moves away, it takes her many years to put it behind her. Now that she has returned to her hometown, an accident causes a chance meeting with her teenage son’s doctor, who she believes, on impulse, is the daughter that she buried so long ago. This sets off a chain of events that uncovers more than a few family secrets. I really liked Deanna’s character, and how independent she had become by the end of the book. The many twists kept me guessing and trying to figure the mystery out. I was beyond shocked when I found out the truth about Deanna’s past trauma. I don’t know that I would be able to handle her life, or the aftermath. This story will stay with you for a long time.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
There’s a casual, chatty, voice-over feel to Donna Zadunajsky’s novel, Not Forgotten, that makes the serious storyline almost a surprise. Great attention to detail results in slow telling with sometimes unconvincing asides. But the story itself is intriguing, leading to some curiously hard to predict twists. No one is quite who they seem in this tale of two sisters, one son, and wounded relationships. Memories lurk behind the scenes. Words of the therapist intervene, and recovery from coma proves swifter and easier than recovery from childhood trauma. Quick and wise with the computer, swift and skilled at research, and slow to accept comfort or trust another, Deanna tries to pick up the threads of a world she enjoyed, by leaving a world that invited her enjoyment. In so doing, she wakens dark memories and more, and risks losing everything. I found the medical and police procedural details unconvincing, but that probably says more about me than the story. The protagonist edges her way toward romance, evades disaster, and learns the truth of her past in a nicely twisted mystery, with lots of depth, lots of characters, and lots of introspective musings, all told by a convincingly determined first-person narrator. Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy and I offer my honest review.
Sheri-A-Wilkinson More than 1 year ago
Not Forgotten by Donna M. Zadunajsky  Deanna Iris and her son move back to her hometown. When her sister and son are in a car accident and  in the hospital her life changes. The doctor reminds her of someone, someone she never forgot about. Her infant (daughter) who died at birth twenty six years earlier. Soon one of her close friends ends up dead, and her past comes back to haunt her. She sees a mysterious woman while passing her sisters house, then the sense of knowing this young doctor. She is determined to find out the truth of her past. But will she find all the answers she seeks or will she end up dead. A fast paced thriller, with a lot of surprises, shocking secrets and drama. I enjoyed the story, it had a lot of suspense. I liked Deanna, she was easy to relate to and the story was original. I feel that those who like psychological/suspense/drama will like Not Forgotten.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
Not Forgotten had a good premise, but failed to deliver in almost every way. This book needs some serious editing. As for the plot, main character Deanna moves back into the house she grew up in. Ever since a faithful nigth when she was a teen, her family has never been the same, and she wants to get to the bottom of what happened. There’s some murder and mayhem, and terrible secrets in the past. So far, so good. But the characters are flat and one-dimensional. We never get a good descrption of any of them, and we never figure out a lot of personality traits about them. Deanna is about as interesting as cardboard figure. The dialogue is unnatural, stiff, and sometimes completely unfitting. But the absolute worst has to be the editing. The book reads like a first draft, like nobody ever bothered to polish it up. The tenses switch every other sentence. Example: The kitchen sat in the far rear of the house, with the garage off to its side. I can picture my mother cooking us meals aand baking cookies and pies. About a page later: “He’ll love our school”. Her smile faded, becoming a frown. I know she still blames me for our moving, but hope one day she will forgive me. I nodded. Then there’s all the telling instead of showing. Usually I barely notice these, but they’re so bad I had no choice but to notice them here. Some examples: I could feel the heat against my skin. I heard the car door slam shut. I felt as if someone was watching me so I began to search the room and then looked out the window above the sink. I watched her wipe the tears sliding down her face. Then there’s the overload of passive verbs, and the overuse of ‘said’. I was shaking. “I can’t lose him,” I said. “No, I said shaking my head, in part to clear the haze of despair that was beginning to set in. All those examples are from the first 20 pages, so you know what you’re up against. It goes on like this through the rest of the book. Telling instead of showing, passive verbs, some weird verb use, tense confusion, etc. I wish I could’ve enjoyed the story, but the lack of editing kept me from fully focusing on it. Every time I became emerged into the story, I was thrown out of the narrative by one of the aforementioned editing flaws. These flaws, along with the flat characters, make the story impossible to read. After three years of reading and over 300 reviews, this is the first book I had to give up on. It pains me to say so, because I don’t like giving bad reviews, and because the story definitely had potential. But this one was a “did not finish” for me. If the author finds a good editor and has the book edited again, I’d gladly take a look. Until then, definitely not recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago