- Publisher : Jefe Press (31 July 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 346 pages
I read Jafe’s first book ‘The Other Cheek‘ which dealt with another side of domestic violence, last year. It was among my top fiction reads of the year. Cut to a year later and I happen to read his second book – Leaving Phoenix – that essentially brings forth the journey of self-discovery and the value of unadulterated love.
Leaving Phoenix by Jafe Danbury kickstarts with a punch as Rose, a twenty-something visits the maternity centre for the abortion. She goes through the procedure anticipating delivering a dead baby. But a miracle occurs magically that compels Rose to run away from the evil ‘bad guy’ and protect herself.
A few years down the line, we see another twenty-something girl, Phoebe LaFlamme, heading west to pursue further details of baffling correspondence filled with stunning evidence of a family secret, she has no idea of the danger she unwittingly chases. Where is she leading? What’s to come for her?
This book effectively brings out the character of Phoebe as a girl who finds herself as she comes face to face with the dark truths of her life. Jafe does a good job at serving us a crime thriller peppered with musical references and picturesque vistas of Arizona and Monterey Country. The character development very well complements the development of the plot that brings back the nostalgia of the 70s dipped in music.
Jafe’s writing has an attention to detail. Details that bring alive the narrative and makes it easier for readers to relate to it. I am in awe of his ability to talk about his characters candidly as if he has been friends with them forever!
Leaving Phoenix is dramatic and absorbing. Grim and fun with its variety of characters. Phoebe wins hearts but I absolutely loved her Pop Pop too. He’s darn cute! For some reason, I didn’t find the thrilling part completely baffling. Nonetheless, it is a good read for those who love contemporary fiction. Check this out for Jafe’s wonderful writing and some song recommendations.