Invisible City

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Invisible City

Rebekah Roberts Novels

I really did not think that I would like “Invisible city” by Julia Dahl, but I signed up to review it and had to read it. Actually “had” is not the right word. I was hooked after the first chapter. The story concerns Rebekah, a fledgling reporter for a small newspaper trying to find that one good story. Right now, she is just a stringer, chasing leads given by her editors. She is also haunted by the fact that her mother, an Hasidic Jew, left her and her father soon after she was born.

She is assigned a story about the killing of the wife of a prominent Hasidic Jew in Brooklyn. This woman was a wife and mother of four children. Something is amiss in the investigation of this murder though. It seems that the authorities look the other way when crimes occur in the Orthodox community. There has been no autopsy and the investigation seems at a standstill. Rebekah is determined to follow all the leads she can to get justice for this poor woman. There are so many twists and turns in this story that I had to read until I finished the book. I surely did not see the end coming and because of this, the book kept my interest throughout. I highly recommend this novel, not only for its thrills and mystery, but as a story that gives insight about a sect of people and their beliefs and the fact that this community is a city within a city..

Book Blurb for Invisible City

A finalist for the Edgar and Mary Higgins Clark Awards, 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.

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.

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2015 4.00