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Run You Down

(Rebekah Roberts #2)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,360 ratings  ·  218 reviews
The second book in the Rebekah Roberts series - a taut mystery and a brilliant exploration of the demons we inherit...

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. A few months later she was pregnant, engaged to be married and trapped in a life she never imagined. So, shortly after th
Published January 3rd 2019 by Faber Faber (first published May 5th 2015)
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Antoinette Aviva Kagan was a teenager when she left her Conservative Jewish life in Brooklyn to run off with a young Christian boy from Florida. After giving…moreAviva Kagan was a teenager when she left her Conservative Jewish life in Brooklyn to run off with a young Christian boy from Florida. After giving birth to a baby girl Aviva disappeared. Twenty-three years later the child, Rebekah, is a newspaper reporter who is investigating the death of a young mother living in the Ultra-Orthodox enclave of Roseville, New York. In the sequel to Invisible City, Dahl has created a mystery that reveals something of a secretive culture and explores its demons. Warning: this book contains scenes of violence. (less)
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Liz Barnsley
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to follow for the tour.
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
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A second suspense/ mystery in the series about journalist Rebekah Roberts, in which she continues to explore her family history and ties to the ultra-orthodox community of Jews in New York and Roseville. This time she is investigating the death of a young hassidic woman who seems to have committed suicide by drowning herself in her bathroom. The woman's husband does not believe this for a second, but has no idea what really happened to his wife. Through their common acquaintance, Saul, he reache ...more
Sep 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, e-book, mystery
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
Geoff. Lamb
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Don Gorman
(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.
Barbara Bryan
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.
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Second book in a trilogy and picks up right where Invisible City left off. I finally figured out how to describe this series - they're mysteries for your snooty friend who thinks they're "too good" for genre fiction. This read like someone threw a suspense thread and general fiction into a blender - with the alternating points of view between the protagonist and her long-lost mother.

What stuck out most for me on this book were the "bad guys." With the benefit of hindsight, it's basically foresh
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, heart pumping at the end. Just as good or better than Invisible City. Very contemporary issues and answers to questions from book 1. A must read for anyone who liked Invisible City. Again great reporter writing and moral issues covered. Could not put the book down!
Dan Curnutt
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Shannon Brown
I really like the first Rebekah Roberts novel, and I was eager to read the sequel, as it ended on a big cliffhanger. Maybe because of the anticipation, I didn't love this as much as I'd hoped, but in the end I thought it was a good effort, and I'd be happy to read another in the series.

The first book was set in the Hasidic community in Brooklyn, and part of the fun was getting a peek into a hidden and misunderstood world along with the protagonist, whose long-disappeared mother had fled from th
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Rebeka
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Robert Intriago
Jul 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, p-i
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 life ...more
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting look at the Hasidic Jewish community and the discrimination that they face. The story begins when a teenage girl, Aviva, leaves her Hasidic community to live a life she believes is more free and open to ideas, expression, and opportunities. When she has a child Aviva is unprepared and unable to handle being a mother. She leaves her daughter, Rebekah, behind and finds herself back on the fringes of the community she left. Rebekah becomes a reporter and is suddenly within mi ...more
Debra Askanase
Apr 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Debra by: David Askanase
Shelves: mystery
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 ...more
Art Brown
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
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
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book, 2017
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 her
Hasidic 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, bu
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-2017_goal-33
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Michael Fishman
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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-
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, jewish, mystery
4.5 (I wonder why, of all the possible titles this could be given, they decided on this?) I don't remember much of the nitty-gritty of what happened in Invisible City, but I remember I liked it a lot. Therefore, I read this book almost as a standalone. There were a number of things that bothered me, but they didn't bother me enough to lower my rating. The close connection - and I do mean close - between reporter Rebekah and the people of her news story was soooo impossible, but I didn't care. I ...more
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
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 ...more
Daniel Stern
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Run You Down reveals Rebekah's mother Aviva's story to the readers. It is a fascinating story and completely different from what I had been expecting. It is such a realistic tale as Dahl explores the motivations of the young Aviva through to middle age. I loved how Run You Down went back and forth from Rebekah's story to Aviva's.

Dahl is able to bring the world of Hasidim to life. It is a world of which I knew nothing but I find that it is much in common with the views of all fundamentalist relig
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jewish-themes, crime
We continue with Rebekah as the Trib reporter. I did read the first book, The Invisible City, but honestly forgot the plot line. I wish this second book somehow refreshed our memory about what was going on with Rebekah that caused her to be hospitalized and have her head shaved. I could have read through the summaries of that book.

Run You Down was not as smoothly written as the first book. I feel that some of the plot line with Sammy and Ryan was not that strong. The presentation of issues relat
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Julia Dahl was born in Fresno, Calif., to a Lutheran father and a Jewish mother. She currently lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Julia has been writing about crime since 2004 when Seventeen magazine sent her to cover the story of a young Birmingham, Ala., girl who had been killed by her mother. Since then, she has worked as a freelance reporter at the New York Post, the deputy managing editor of The Crime R

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