Run You Down

Run You Down

Book - 2015 | First edition
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"New York City tabloid reporter Rebekah Roberts knows almost nothing about the mother who abandoned her as an infant. Aviva Kagan was just a teenager when she left her Hasidic Jewish life in Brooklyn for a fling with a college boy from Florida - and then disappeared. When Rebekah hears about a young Hasidic mother found dead in her bathtub in upstate New York, she thinks there might be a story in it. And as she looks closer, she discovers that the woman once knew Aviva's younger brother, Sam. Rebekah realizes she might finally be in a position to meet her mother, but the more she learns about the woman's death, the more she begins to fear that Sam might be a ticking time bomb - whose anger is aimed at the strict Jewish community he left behind. In the sequel to her Edgar Award-nominated Invisible City, Julia Dahl has created another powerful novel, at once an examination of the demons we inherit and a taut mystery that will grip readers from the opening page to the stunning conclusion"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250043405
Branch Call Number: F DAHL-J
Characteristics: 280 pages ; 25 cm


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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.

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.

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.

Jul 24, 2015

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


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