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.
©2014 Julia Dahl (P)2014 Macmillan Audio
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Full disclosure, I quit listening about a third of the way into the book. I wanted to hear the story, to get caught up in the suspense, to understand a culture I am unfamiliar with. For me, the book reads like a YA novel to which someone added sex, booze and a generous dose of the f-word. The protagonist comes across as shallow and immature and the other characters were one dimensional. It didn't feel authentic to New York and I was curious if it was because Rebekah was new to the city, but I didn't read far enough to find out.
Obviously, you should read other reviews. But if this book was recommended to you because you have enjoyed other thrillers or mysteries or if you were lured in by the Gillian Flynn quote on the front, this might not be what you are looking for.
I am more thankful than ever that Audible has a great return policy.
heard about this on npr and after hearing the premise I knew I would love it. the storytelling was great and my husband and I both got so wrapped up in the story we couldn't stop listening.
I like books that combine a good story and learning about culture. The story was good and it made me think
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Interesting and intriguing and different
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If I only had the time!
Ce n'est pas grave!
I can't figure out why this book was so well reviewed. The characters were not presented in an engaging way...basically, I felt little connection to any of them, ecspecially the main character. Reading this book, I probably would have taken little notice of the CONSTANT use of the "f-word" and I get it loud and clear that the NYC world of cops and news reporters is not for the faint of heart, but actually hearing it again and again and again got to be grating and gratuitous. Hasidic Jewish men come off as being like Mafioso. So I thought the idea was interesting, but the story itself was meandering and mediocre at best. I would not recommend this one.
Old Broad with Keyboard
Depends. The idea of the book was great. The Orthodox Jews live in a world apart from the modern world & the idea of peeking in was very intriguing. But the book doesn't really develop that look into the closed community. It's all about a woman abandoned by a mother from that world instead.
I can see it being made into a two hour special. There's just not enough story to develop it into a series.
Not a bad read, just a rather ordinary read. Good idea but not developed enough & not enough of a look into the Hidden World.
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