Run you down

Julia Dahl, 1977-

Book - 2015

"Aviva Kagan was a just a teenager when she left her Hasidic Jewish life in Brooklyn for a fling with a smiling college boy from Florida-and then disappeared. Twenty-three years later, the child she walked away from is a NYC tabloid reporter named Rebekah Roberts. And Rebekah isn't sure she wants her mother back in her life. But when a man from the ultra-Orthodox enclave of Roseville, N.Y. contacts Rebekah about his young wife's mysterious death, she is drawn back into Aviva's world. Pessie Goldin's body was found in her bathtub, and while her parents want to believe it was an accident, her husband is certain she was murdered. Once she starts poking around, Rebekah encounters a whole society of people who have "off the path" of ultra-Orthodox Judaism-just like her mother. But some went with dark secrets, and rage at the insular community they left behind. In the sequel to her Edgar Award finalist Invisible City, Julia Dahl has created a taut mystery that is both a window into a secretive culture and an exploration of the demons we inherit"--

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New York : Minotaur Books 2015.
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Julia Dahl, 1977- (-)
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280 pages ; 25 cm
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Review by Booklist Review

In her second outing, New York Tribune reporter Rebekah Roberts becomes a big part of her story. On desk duty after nearly being killed (in Dahl's impressive debut, Invisible City, 2014), Rebekah is asked to look into the puzzling death of young Hasidic wife and mother Pessie Goldin, a death largely ignored by local police and quickly covered up by her community. At the same time, Rebekah is trying to contact her mother, Aviva, who left her family's ultra-Orthodox Jewish faith, then abandoned Rebekah as an infant. The professional and personal aspects of Rebekah's life merge when she learns that Pessie's ex-fiancé is Sam Kagan, Aviva's younger brother, who had met with Pessie shortly before her death. The Kagan siblings' backstories are revealed against a changing landscape in which life becomes uneasy, even fearful, for members of conservative Jewish communities, as bigotry turns hateful enough to be murderous. Rebekah is maturing personally and in her profession as she faces choices between humanity and journalistic integrity and between family and a story in this compelling mystery with an explosive climax that comes uncomfortably close to home.--Leber, Michele Copyright 2015 Booklist

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Review by Library Journal Review

This sequel to Dahl's Invisible City is told from two points of view-those of Aviva, a mother who abandoned her daughter in infancy, and Rebekah, the daughter who is now a journalist in New York City. Aviva had grown up in New York in a strict Hasidic environment and rebelled by running away and having a baby with a Christian Floridian. After abandoning her daughter, Aviva returned to New York. Rebekah was raised by her father in Florida, then earned a degree in journalism, and found a job with a New York newspaper, where she had the freedom to investigate crime in the Jewish community. As she investigates the death of a young wife in an ultra-orthodox Jewish community, she gets closer to her roots, as well as getting closer to her own peril. Rebekah discovers that her mother has links to the story she is investigating, and by the time the two women meet, they fear the repercussions of their connections. Andi Arndt narrates each voice distinctly. Verdict The view Dahl offers into Hasidic society is captivating. This audiobook will be in demand, especially in diverse communities. ["Dahl's smart, twisty plot and suspenseful tone will grip mystery and thriller lovers until the final page": LJ Xpress Reviews 6/12/15 review of the Minotaur: St. Martin's hc.]-Ann Weber, Bellarmine Coll. Prep., San Jose, CA © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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