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Run You Down

Run You Down Aviva Kagan was a 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 wal

  • Title: Run You Down
  • Author: Julia Dahl
  • ISBN: 9781250043405
  • Page: 150
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Aviva Kagan was a 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 ofAviva Kagan was a 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.Description take from the publisher s web site.

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    1. This continues the story of Rebekah Roberts. It was similar to the first, very. Once again we have the alternating narrator chapters with her Mother who left 23 years before. And the murder case this time is, IMHO, more murky. Was it a murder? But the religious community has once again buried the deceased within 24 hours according to scripture. It moves slowly, and I began to truly dislike being taken out of Rebekah's story in the present repeatedly by the other tale. I found her Mother's story [...]

    2. With how the last book ended I wondered what Rebekah was going to do about her mother. At first I wasn't sure about the 2 different pov's, Rebekah and her mothers. But as the story went on you realized that Aviva's played a big part of the present. As the 2 story lines converged you realized that Rebekah is on the right track with her story. I was a bit surprised at how Rebekah's family came into play and all of a sudden things started to happen really fast. I liked that Rebekah finally found so [...]

    3. There are some, not so many, novels in which the setting is within and without the community of ultra-Orthodox Jews (Hasidim, the Haredi). Within that genre, there are 3 novels that are my touchstones - The Romance Reader by Pearl Abraham, The Ladies Auxiliary by Tova Mirvis Invisible City by Julia Dahl, each an exceptional read. Now comes Dahl with a second novel, Run You Down. The lead player is again Rebekah Roberts, one of the most intriguing fictional characters. Each of these 4 novels come [...]

    4. It was a bit hard to get into the novel at first, the main reason for this is that it was written from the view point of the two main characters. First there was Aviva, the mother, who ran away from her Jewish upbringing and family because she didn't like the strictness of the culture. Then there is her daughter, Rebekah, whom she has with a "protestant" who is shunned by her community. They had fled to Florida from New York and that is where Rebekah is born.Aviva abandons her daughter and husba [...]

    5. I was eager to read Run You Down, since I really enjoyed Invisible City, the first novel in Julia Dahl’s mystery series featuring New York reporter Rebekah Roberts. In that book, Rebekah started to learn about the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community that her mother Aviva grew up in, a world completely foreign to Rebekah because her mother abandoned her as a baby. Run You Down allows readers to learn Aviva’s story in her own words. Chapters alternate between Aviva narrating her life story, and Re [...]

    6. Rebekah Roberts works at the New York Tribune. She moved to New York after graduation from the University of Florida with her close friend Iris and finds herself at her dream job just beginning to learn her way around. But Rebekah's past and long time anxiety is catching up with her. Aviva, her birth mother had left a deeply religious Jewish world many years ago. After Aviva ran off with Brian, Rebekah's dad, she had abandoned everything she knew and disappeared. More than twenty years later Reb [...]

    7. As the description of the book explains, Rebekah’s mother reappears after a 23 year absence. In the meantime Rebekah has been asked to investigate an apparent suicide in the Hassidic community of Roseville, NY by the husband of the victim because he believes it was murder. Like her first book the story delves into the very private lives of the Hasidim community, their good and bad things. The book is interesting but not an improvement on the first one. The description of the Hasidim way of lif [...]

    8. Thanks to my dad for the recommendation! I plowed through this in three days, and honestly didn't want to ever put it down. It's a mystery, and discovery, on many levels: discovery/uncovering of the ultra-orthodox Jewish way of life and its place in the central mystery of the book, discovery of the connection between a mother and daughter (can't reveal more without spoilers), discovery of self when breaking away from one's community, and much more. While an easy read (it goes down smoothly, so t [...]

    9. (3) I am sure all of you have read a book like this one, irritating and mesmerizing at the same time. The first half of this book is truly irritating, hard to follow and a little confusing. The second half you cannot put down, moves faster than hell and just sucks you in until you reach the end. A mother/daughter team are the story and you better be comfortable about a whole lot of Jewish stuff as well. Quite a wild ride with more than a few interesting twists along the way.

    10. Solid second book in the Rebekah the reporter series concerning a very screwed up Hasidic community. Lots of brushing terrible things under the table so siblings can get married without black marks on family name. Child molestation, sweep. Gay child, sweep. Wife beating, sweep. Ugh. Decent mystery but pretty sad.

    11. A fascinating look at the closed world of the ultra orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn. The main character is a newspaper reporter who covers crime; she has a passion to get to the real facts of her story!A really great read!

    12. Awesome fast read. Informative, too; had I not read this I might have forgotten at a recent business meeting to not extend my hand for a shake to the Orthodox dudes.Can't wait for book three!

    13. I am a relative newcomer to the world of audiobooks; I just find my mind wanders way too easily to be an attentive listener. I decided, though, that with my ever-expanding list of books to be read, I was just going to have to add audio to my routine. Since I had waited (without luck) for this book to be available at the library, once I discovered I could borrow the audio book from Hoopla (a free service offered through my library), I decided I'd give it a go. Chapters shift between Rebekah Rober [...]

    14. Interesting to read this after reading the first in the series. This one filled in some background.Rebekah is a journalist. Although Rebekah herself was brought up in the protestant faith, because her mother is a Jew, she has ties to the Jewish community. So, when Pessie is found dead in her bathtub and her husband has questions about the verdict of suicide, he contacts Rebekah and asks her to look into this death.After a preliminary round of questions, Rebekah herself realizes that there maybe [...]

    15. Upon beginning this book, I didn't realize it was part of a series. I found the story intriguing and mysterious as it was unraveling. I enjoyed it for most of the story but felt a bit let down by the ending. This was due in part to the fact that the author kept the history of certain characters still a hidden in order to entice the reader to read the next in the series. The third book in the series did not hold the same interest level for me. Why did a young mother die shortly after giving birth [...]

    16. This is the second in the Rebekah Roberts crime series by Julia Dahl. I had mixed feelings about this one. The story moves between two narrators: Rebekah and her mother, Aviva. Aviva has left herHasidic community in Brooklyn for a non-Jewish college boy in Florida. After she gives birth to Rebekah, she leaves her brand new family to return to New York where she is spurned by the old community she left behind and searches for a new way to live. I didn’t enjoy Aviva’s story. She was naive, yes [...]

    17. In the beginning I found Run You Down a bit slow. However, it soon developed into an interesting story.Reporter Rebekah Roberts is still searching for her mother, when her job takes into the lives of people who eventually commit some horrific acts of violence. No spoiler.There passages of Run You Down which I think could have been left on the editor’s floor. However, all in all Run You Down is another look into the lives of people of Jewish faith in contemporary America.Young Rebekah is again [...]

    18. Crime Reporter Julia Dahl's sophomore foray in writing a murder mystery novel, starring Rebekah Roberts. For those who haven't read "Invisible City", Roberts is a reporter for the tabloid New York Tribune, which I assume is based on the New York Post, which Dahl once worked for. Accompanied by a retired cop and handful of other friends she made in her first novel, Roberts now learns more about the Ultra-Orthodox community--and even her own mysterious Jewish roots.One thing is clear from the get- [...]

    19. This is the second Rebekah Roberts book and it is, as usual, excellent. Dahl is a smooth writer, moving the reader along and dropping in new bits and pieces to build the story. She has inroads into the Ultra Jewish community because her mother was Jewish. But her mother did not raise her, her Protestant father did. Roberts is a reporter and gathers stories that non-Jewish reporters can not get. In this book, a Jewish man comes to her and asks for help to find out about his wife's death. She was [...]

    20. [library audiobook]The middle of three novels published revolving around the same characters. In this installment, Rebekah connects with her hasidic birth mother, a runaway from a runaway relationship with a christian religious functionary from Florida. The strongest part of the audiobook was the accent of the voicing of the mother's internal monologue, which unfortunately faded as the book went onThe depiction of Rebekah - a tabloid reporter living in Brooklyn - the circle of Hasids, the upstat [...]

    21. This was an interesting story about a Jewish woman found dead and the local police not looking into it like they should have. The woman's husband believed that the death was suspicious, but the police acted like it was just an accident. Her husband contacted Rebekah about it and wanted her to write a story for The New York Tribune, because of her previous articles about a death in the Jewish community. The chapters of this story are told in alternating points of view between Rebekah and her moth [...]

    22. I first met Rebekah Roberts in INVISIBLE CITY, and I was interested in her story and in her adventures as a journalist. While writing stories for a New York City tabloid, she becomes acquainted with an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. Count on Julia Dahl to pen an intriguing mystery. She doesn’t disappoint.

    23. I recommend reading Invisible City first, which I didn't. It seems like it would provide needed background to this story.

    24. Loved this one as much as the first. The ending makes me think there will be a number three which makes me happy.

    25. Interesting but a bit confusing. As I put it on my shelf I see that it is book 2 in a series, which perhaps explains that! Unfortunately, never said that anywhere on the book!

    26. Good fast action reading, insight into a population that most people probably don't know a whole lot about.

    27. Kept my interestIn the beginning of this book, it was difficult for me with the switching back and forth of the characters. I didn't enjoy this book as much as her first one.

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