Invisible City

Invisible City

by Julie Dahl

Overview: 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 Invisible City, journalist Julia Dahl introduces a compelling new character in search of the truth about a murder and an understanding of her own heritage.

Faith Bowers (10/06/14): This is a murder mystery and a first novel for the author. She tries to develop the characters and the protagonist is well developed, though the others are a little weak. She expects to have a series of Rebekah Roberts mysteries, the very young newspaper stringer. I am sure the returning characters will become more developed. <.p>

I enjoyed the book because it just wasn't a mystery but a story about a sect of Hasidic Jews in Borough Park, Brooklyn New York and what happens when you question the lifestyle. She also explores the tabloid stringer job for a fresh out of college journalist major. Rebekah Roberts is a complicated character who does makes mistakes which also makes the novel good. I would read another book by the author. Julie Dahl did mention that she was almost done with the second mystery. I listened to this book on audio.
Rating: ****

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