Deadly Memories by S.D. O’Donnell

Deadly Memories


“A gripping thriller”


Ex-detective Saul Becker learned the hard way not to get involved in the troubles of beautiful women.

But what else can he do when a barefoot, catatonic Jayne Doe turns up practically in his backyard?

Who is she, and what is she so afraid of?

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Why I Liked It

Deadly Memories is an unusual mystery/thriller as there wasn’t that much action until more than half way through the book when the pace ramps up. The characters really drew me in though.

What was Jayne’s story? Who was she and what was she scared of? When would she come out of her catatonia? Saul’s caring but guarded nature was appealing and his painful back story was intriguing yet cleverly drip-fed to us. The development of their strange bond was appealing to read. I also really enjoyed Mrs Blackstone and her close but combative relationship with Saul. An elderly lady receiving so much page space was refreshing and rounded off a cast of characters that could easily have just relied solely on Jayne and Saul.

Jayne’s story was a captivating mystery to unravel and you felt her amnesia and the flashes of her past life along with her. The resulting truth was unusual and satisfying and the twists and turns that led us there were well plotted. The bad guy’s activities were seamlessly interwoven although the link with his co-conspirator was a bit of a stretch for me.

The unusual pace, entertaining characters and lots of intrigue really made this book a gripping read.



“Get down here,” she said. “There’s a lady crying inside the tree.”


He stood at the side of the bed, arms folded against his chest, for what seemed like hours. He admired the lines of her perfect face, imagined a sparkle in her gold-speckled eyes. He felt a sense of impending loss, which made no sense. He didn’t even know her.

“This is goodbye then.”


They made it to the store and back without incident. Jayne had been waiting for him to yell out something like “Drop to the floor!” just to see if they would. He didn’t.


The roof shook, and Jayne heard a hundred tiny flutters. The bats were coming home. She tensed, put her arms around her head, and peeked out.


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Behind The Scenes

Learn a little more about the author and her books with these snippets of previously unknown trivia that Sarah has been kind enough to share!

About you

My guilty pleasure is sitting on my deck, surrounded by trees, sipping a good glass of wine. The experience is made perfect by the addition of my husband’s company and some dark chocolate.

My most embarrassing attribute is that I am directionally impaired. I have to think quite hard to identify left from right, forget anything more complex. I am comforted by the fact that Albert Einstein had the same affliction and extrapolate from that (perhaps erroneously) the problem doesn’t stem from a lack of intelligence 🙂 .

I was born in Louisiana but mostly raised in the Rocky Mountain region, where I currently reside. My husband and I just spent an extended stay in southern Louisiana while I did research for Deadly Bayou. While there, we learned people in the region only know how to give directions three ways. Something is “up the bayou,” “down the bayou,” or “across the bayou.”

Based on where we were staying, that covers north, south, and east. I asked our hostess at the B&B what they said when they meant west. She had to think about it for a minute and had a puzzled look on her face, like she wasn’t even sure what the question meant. Finally, she answered, “Oh. It’s just a different bayou.” For example, we stayed on Bayou LaFourche. Bayou Teche is to the west. So, up/down/or across Bayou Teche would imply a westward direction from our location.

I was surprised to discover my difficulty with directions improved dramatically using the Bayou Method. Once, I even knew better than my husband how to get back to the B&B. And he’s one of those people who always know where they are.

About your books

I am hard at work on the second book in the series, Deadly Bayou, and have a Kindle Single coming out at the end of July, Shadow Journey. It is a novella told from Mrs. Blackstone’s point of view about a secret from her past.

Simon: Check out my review of Shadow Journey HERE!



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Deadly Memories stats: rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars from 70 reviews

Goodreads rating: 4.15 out of 5 stars from 88 ratings

Price: $4.99

Pages: 328

(Correct at the time of writing.)

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