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 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.
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"At first glance, this audiobook seems to be a simple whodunit--but it becomes apparent quickly that this is a complex story of ethnic and racial hatred interwoven with a subplot involving murder. Narrator Andi Arndt captures the two main characters, Rebekah Roberts, a journalist who is investigating the drowning of a young Hasidic wife, and Rebekah's mother, Aviva, who abandoned Rebekah when she was a baby. Arndt's New York /Yiddish accent is accomplished, and for many listeners it will create an image of the Hasidic culture that sets the crime in motion. Some of Arndt's other portrayals of the many characters that populate this drama are not as strong. But, overall, her performance is genuine. E.E.S. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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