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Invisible City : A Rebekah Roberts Mystery

Dahl, Julia (Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Invisible City : A Rebekah Roberts Mystery
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"Just months after Rebekah Roberts was born, her mother, an Hasidic Jew from Brooklyn, abandoned her Christian boyfriend and newborn baby to return to her religion. Neither Rebekah nor her father have heard from her since. Now a recent college graduate, Rebekah has moved to New York City to follow her dream of becoming a big-city reporter. But she's also drawn to the idea of being closer to her mother, who might still be living in the Hasidic community in Brooklyn. Then Rebekah is called to cover the story of a murdered Hasidic woman. Rebekah's shocked to learn that, because of the NYPD's habit of kowtowing to the powerful ultra-Orthodox community, not only will the woman be buried without an autopsy, her killer may get away with murder. Rebekah can't let the story end there. But getting to the truth won't be easy--even as she immerses herself in the cloistered world where her mother grew up, it's clear that she's not welcome, and everyone she meets has a secret to keep from an outsider. In her riveting debut, journalist Julia Dahl introduces a compelling new character in search of the truth about a murder and an understanding of her own heritage"
Authors: Dahl, Julia, 1977-
Title: Invisible City : a Rebekah Roberts mystery
Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books,, 2014
Edition: First edition
Summary: "Just months after Rebekah Roberts was born, her mother, an Hasidic Jew from Brooklyn, abandoned her Christian boyfriend and newborn baby to return to her religion. Neither Rebekah nor her father have heard from her since. Now a recent college graduate, Rebekah has moved to New York City to follow her dream of becoming a big-city reporter. But she's also drawn to the idea of being closer to her mother, who might still be living in the Hasidic community in Brooklyn. Then Rebekah is called to cover the story of a murdered Hasidic woman. Rebekah's shocked to learn that, because of the NYPD's habit of kowtowing to the powerful ultra-Orthodox community, not only will the woman be buried without an autopsy, her killer may get away with murder. Rebekah can't let the story end there. But getting to the truth won't be easy--even as she immerses herself in the cloistered world where her mother grew up, it's clear that she's not welcome, and everyone she meets has a secret to keep from an outsider. In her riveting debut, journalist Julia Dahl introduces a compelling new character in search of the truth about a murder and an understanding of her own heritage"
ISBN: 1250043395
9781250043399
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY DAHL...J
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Oct 07, 2014
  • akmarti rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Interesting mystery that injects the sensibilities of conservative Judaism in New York City and how it affects police procedures. The main character is a woman who is in search of her past. Her mother, a member of a conservative Jewish sect, left her and her father when the main character was a young child. As the mystery enfolds the woman learns about not only the Jewish faith of her mother, but also gets a lead on the whereabouts of her mother. I look forward to see what the author will do with this character in future stories.

Jul 29, 2014
  • NotAllWhoWanderAreLost rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I read this book over a weekend. I found it to be and easy, enjoyable read. For the author's debut novel it was well written and whoever did the editing did a great job. I have found that editing is becoming a lost art.

Jul 07, 2014
  • ehbooklover rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A compelling mystery with an intriguing premise and a very interesting exploration of a Hasidic community in New York City. Despite that, I found that I wasn’t a huge fan of the author’s writing style and at times I found the protagonist really unlikeable. However, I did enjoy the book overall and look forward to reading the next in the series.

Excellent mystery with an interesting setting. First book for this author, she is off to a great start in the series!

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