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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Phoebe: The Flagstaff Reunion by Susan Wüthrich is an intriguing saga. Nearly 20 years ago, Phoebe O’Flannigan disappeared without a trace but Jess never forgot her. On the night of the Flagstaff Reunion, Phoebe walks in and promptly accuses three of her old class pupils of sexual assault, raking up long-buried memories of a party everyone would rather forget. Arrested and charged, two of the men turn against the third and long-standing friendships and relationships begin falling apart. Phoebe was bullied badly at school, no one is denying it, but is she taking things too far with the rape allegations? Why has she waited this long to reappear? What is she aiming to achieve by bringing everything to the surface again?
Phoebe: The Flagstaff Reunion by Susan Wüthrich is a fantastic story, set in the 1960s and 1980s. You wouldn’t be wrong in assuming this story would be about the rape allegations and trial of the three men but it isn’t. Instead, it tells Phoebe’s story. Flipping back and forth between the 60s and the 80s, we learn about the bullying Phoebe was subjected to and we learn what happened to her in the events leading up to her return. The past and the present are weaved together in a gripping story with an unexpected ending that you won’t get anywhere near guessing early on. There are two primary storylines here – Phoebe and Jess – and both intertwine seamlessly. It isn’t an action-packed thriller but it is a story that you won’t put down until you’ve finished it. The well-rounded and developed characters come with a plot full of betrayal, sorrow, and anger, with endings and new beginnings, and is a thoroughly enjoyable well-paced read.