Run You Down

Run You Down

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Aviva Kagan was just a teenager when she left her Hasidic Jewish life in Brooklyn for a fling with a smiling college boy from Florida-and then disappeared. Twenty-three years later, the child she walked away from is a NYC tabloid reporter named Rebekah Roberts. And Rebekah isn't sure she wants her mother back in her life.

But when a man from the ultra-Orthodox enclave of Roseville, N.Y. contacts Rebekah about his young wife's mysterious death, she is drawn back into Aviva's world. Pessie Goldin's body was found in her bathtub, and while her parents want to believe it was an accident, her husband is certain she was murdered.

Once she starts poking around, Rebekah encounters a whole society of people who have wandered "off the path" of ultra-Orthodox Judaism-just like her mother. But some went with dark secrets, and rage at the insular community they left behind.

In the sequel to her Edgar Award finalist Invisible City , Julia Dahl has created a taut mystery that is both a window into a secretive culture and an exploration of the demons we inherit.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250043405
1250043409
9781466841925
Branch Call Number: X
Characteristics: 280 pages ; 25 cm.

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Roundcat
Jan 02, 2016

Aviva and Rebekah share telling the story as Rebekah tries to make contact with her mother amid investigates the death of a young Jewish mother, Pessie Goldin, at the request of Pessie's husband. As the story unwinds, dealing with bigotry, terrorism, child abuse, and homosexuality Rebekah's choices about being a reporter and a family member of those involved makes for some compelling reading. I can hardly wait for the next book in the series.

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DorisWaggoner
Dec 23, 2015

A more complex plot than "Invisible City," occasionally in jarring ways. A major character, for instance, seems somewhat different from the person he was a few months earlier, for no apparent reason. A minor cavil in a story I found even stronger. Rebekah's not recovered from the events of that book, working in a different capacity at the tabloid. An Orthodox Jewish man whose wife died contacts her, wanting Rebekah's help to look into the cause. Having something concrete to do helps pull her out of her slump. Aviva, the mother who abandoned her as an infant, tries to get in touch, then disappears again. She also has her sections, second person written to Rebekah, partly explaining why she left and her life since. A lot of turmoil and emotional pain, some of which gets resolved, some not, leaving me waiting for the next book in the series.

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lpreston214
Jul 27, 2015

This quick mystery/thriller follows right on the heels of Invisible City. You'll enjoy this one more if you read that one first. Rebekah is still recovering from the events in Invisible City and she needs a new project to help her get over her borderline agoraphobia and depression. She gets one when the husband of a woman found dead in her bathtub asks her for help. The book alternates narrators between Rebekah and her mother Aviva. We learn a lot more about Aviva as she tells her story from when she left Rebekah up to the present. The two narratives came together nicely I thought and the mystery was good if a bit serendipitous.

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booksbooks1
Jul 24, 2015

Author wrote in "selfie" mode--"I," "me," "mine"...Very annoying. Background is more interesting than plot.

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