`Not Forgotten' by Donna Zadunajsky is an enthralling story that keeps the reader guessing on every front. From the very first line of the opening it is clear that the main protagonist, Deanna Iris, has a mysterious past and while hints are provided consistently, the reader does not quite learn what this woman's mysterious background is. Because of this the reader is hooked early but when one set of questions is answered, even more mysteries ensue. So much of what appears to be real is, in fact, not real at all. It begins to look as if Deanna's life is as fragile as a house of cards just waiting to be scattered. Yet while for a time what is happening might seem to be smoke and mirrors, the explanations that come towards the end are satisfactory and convincing.
Perhaps answers might have arrived earlier were it not for the reluctance of some of the other characters - Deanna's mother, Hank the caretaker of the cemetery, and even the friendly policeman, Officer Bates - to answer Deanna's questions. There might be irritation in this for some readers who might be prompted to think, `For goodness, sake, why don't you just come out with it!!' but given the delicate nature of the truth, it can easily be understood that these people had only Deanna's interests at heart and they were trying to protect her from a truth that could be full of hurt.
I have one little niggle. When Deanna goes through a series of events and is reporting what happened to another character, the author allows her to go over the whole thing again in dialogue. This, of course, is what would happen in real life but in a novel it is unnecessary as far as the reader is concerned. It is time wasting and slows down the action. That said, Donna Zadunajsky possesses excellent writing skills. She has a superb feel for words and her sentences are beautifully constructed. Best of all, unless you are looking for them, these skills are nicely unobtrusive as the reader is pulled along, word after word, page after page, knowing only that he wants to keep reading.
`Not Forgotten' is a fascinating story, with a full complement of romance, mystery, suspense, and dark intrigue. I recommend it strongly to readers