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Don't You Forget About Me by Suzanne Jenkins
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Don't You Forget About Me

by Suzanne Jenkins

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Dear Jack was most certainly not a great guy and he left an unpleasant legacy behind for those who knew him well. Pam seems to develop more of a backbone in this book. Sandra struggles with a love interest that is brief.

I am liking the character development very much. Keeping me interested enough to wonder what else can happen to these people. ( )
  bostonterrio | Nov 21, 2017 |
Just when you think this is a simple book about betrayal and family dynamics, Ms. Jenkins throws you for a loop. The writing is good and written in a quick read manner. ( )
  sunnydrk | Mar 22, 2014 |
Meh...so not like real people--at least none I know, so it was very hard to relate in any way. ( )
  gkiggins | Feb 5, 2014 |
In Don't You Forget About Me, the story continues about the late Jack Smith and the three women he left behind: Pam Smith, his wife; Marie Fabian, his sister-in-law and mistress; and Sandra Benson, his employee and pregnant mistress. We first met Jack and the ladies in Pam of Babylon, the first book in the Pam of Babylon trilogy series.

In this book, the story picks up where book one left off: the three ladies are each grieving and trying to learn how to cope with Jack's death, and are finding it difficult to move forward with their own lives. The nice part about this series is that while each book can stand alone, the author recaps the storyline from the previous book throughout the current book, so that the storylines merge effortlessly and moves forward into the next chapter of the women's lives. Not only does the author provide the reader with a recap from Pam of Babylon, but she also delves deeper into Jack's life and the events leading up to his death in Don't You Forget About Me.

Don't You Forget About Me delves deeper into Jack's dual lifestyle, and how the ramifications from the depth of his betrayals and aftermath of his death adversely affects not only the three ladies but his entire family. The three women each try to grapple with their grief as well as move forward with new men in their lives, but for each of them it is not an easy transition as Jack's hold on them continues with new deceptions and secrets that come to the surface. And Jack's mother Bernice, younger brother Bill, and sister-in-law Anne are also trapped in the web of deceit. Just when you think you read it all, the author draws the reader deeper into the storyline with more twists and turns that will keep them guessing, while leaving the closing of this book open-ended so that book three, Dream Lover, can once again pickup the story with new developments that are sure to captivate the readers once again.

While I loved Pam of Babylon, I have to say that I really enjoyed reading Don't You Forget About Me more, because the author intriguingly develops the characters more in this book She brings out the characters' complexities and provides richly detailed descriptions of the situations that they find themselves in, and the decisions that they have to make in order for them to move forward in their lives. The author continues to weave a fascinating story that is complicated and not an easy read, its harsh reality of social issues like infidelity and abuse, coupled with the complex dynamics of relationships (family, friends, and intimate) make this series one that provides much food for thought and leaves the reader wanting more!

The Pam of Babylon trilogy series consists of the following books: Pam of Babylon, Don't You Forget About Me and Dream Lover.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Pump Up Your Book! Virtual Book Publicity Tours.

http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/08/dont-you-forget-about-me-by-su... ( )
  JerseyGirlBookReview | Aug 24, 2012 |
I just finished this compelling page turner...it reads like a movie! I read the first book in this series and loved it and this one is just as good.
We revisit with the three women in Jack's Smith's Life when he died. They are using each other to cope with his death...in a bizarre type of carrying on with their lives. Pam his wife is having a real hard time dealing with the aftermath of what Jack left behind. She does have a strange and loving connection with Jack's mistress Sandra, and she is really concerned about the coming baby. Then there is Marie, in her self destructive mode of anorexia, and at times not really liking anyone. Then the third is Sandra, she is trying to do right and take care of herself and the coming baby. Jack's brother Bill seems to be tormenting Sandra and because of his stalking she is befriended by a what appears to be a really great and understanding Cop....Tom.
Things don't go as we believe they will and then an earth shattering bomb shell is dropped. Oh my...can things get any more difficult? There is one more book in this series, and I can't wait to get into it and find out some of the answers. The very last page of the book delivers another explosive element.
Don't miss this great and interesting read to get lost in. If possible I "Highly" recommend reading all three!

I received this book from Pump Your Book Virtual Tours and the Author Suzanne Jenkins, and was not required to give a positive review. ( )
  alekee | Aug 16, 2012 |
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After a wealthy man of high reputation suffers a heart attack and dies, three women are left to grapple withthe aftermath of his death and the twisted details of their past in this riveting fiction novel.The story, a continuation of Jenkins’ Pam of Babylon (2011), sets out to explore the life and grief of thewife, the sister-in-law and the mistress of Jack, the deceased. From the beginning, the reader understands that allthree women are aware of their positions in Jack's life and to each other. Jack's wife, Pam, knows that he wasengaged in a long-term affair with her younger sister, Marie. What's more, the mistress, Sandra, is pregnant withhis child. But surprisingly, these are not the most shocking twists that Jenkins lays out. Little do the three womenknow that there is more that ties them to Jack and to each other than meets the eye. As secrets unfold—somedeceptive, some deadly—the women are left intimately bound by their past and by a future that can never breakfree from Jack. Jenkins writes with a fast-paced, scenic style, pushing the story forward and wasting little time on interior monologue or backstory. Perhaps this is one of the best aspects of the novel—a page-turner, the story remains immediate, rarely breaking from forward motion.Jenkins develops characters not by describing them, but by placing them in conflict and context with new people, places and situations. What'smore, the novel never fully resolves the conflicts it opens up, leaving room for the next book to explore the aftermath of the characters' secrets anddecisions. The characters are sympathetic, round and believable; watching them grapple with difficult decisions creates an engaging, dynamicread.An exciting, surprising story that leaves the reader hungry for the next book.Kirkus Indie, Kirkus Media LLC, 6411 Burleson Rd., Austin, TX 78744indie@kirkusreviews
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