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The Invisible City

by Julia 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.

Debbie Weiss (01/21/15) Rebekah's mother was brought up in the Hassidic community in Brooklyn. In her 20's she questioned the Hassidic lifestyle and values and ran away with a Christian man, got pregnant and gave birth to a daughter and named her Rebekah. Then, Rebekah's mother decided to return to NY  to be with her family and community and she left both the baby and the boyfriend behind in Florida.

Rebekah has now graduated from college and is pursuing her career as a newspaper reporter in NY. She is assigned to a murder of a young woman in the Hassidic community. Rebekah feels compelled to help in the investigation because she does not want the killer to get away with murder. Also, she is extremely aware of her proximity to her mother's family. How does she feel about this? Does she want to meet her birth mother?

This is the first book in a new series by this author. I enjoyed the book and I respected Rebekah a lot. I am sure that book two in the series will continue to follow in the path of looking for her birth mother.
Rating: ****

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