Invisible City

  • by Julia Dahl
  • Narrated by Andi Arndt
  • 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Just months after Rebekah Roberts was born, her mother, an Hasidic Jew from Brooklyn, abandoned her Christian boyfriend and newborn baby to return to her religion. Neither Rebekah nor her father have heard from her since. Now a recent college graduate, Rebekah has moved to New York City to follow her dream of becoming a big-city reporter. But she’s also drawn to the idea of being closer to her mother, who might still be living in the Hasidic community in Brooklyn.
Then Rebekah is called to cover the story of a murdered Hasidic woman. Rebekah’s shocked to learn that, because of the NYPD’s habit of kowtowing to the powerful ultra-Orthodox community, not only will the woman be buried without an autopsy, her killer may get away with murder. Rebekah can’t let the story end there. But getting to the truth won’t be easy - even as she immerses herself in the cloistered world where her mother grew up, it's clear that she's not welcome, and everyone she meets has a secret to keep from an outsider.In her riveting debut Invisible City, journalist Julia Dahl introduces a compelling new character in search of the truth about a murder and an understanding of her own heritage.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Loved this story!

I loved the way this story twisted and turned - I was totally taken by surprise! Will definitely buy the next in the series!
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- Sue

YA book in disguise

Full disclosure, I quit listening about a third of the way into the book. I wanted to hear the story, to get caught up in the suspense, to understand a culture I am unfamiliar with. For me, the book reads like a YA novel to which someone added sex, booze and a generous dose of the f-word. The protagonist comes across as shallow and immature and the other characters were one dimensional. It didn't feel authentic to New York and I was curious if it was because Rebekah was new to the city, but I didn't read far enough to find out.
Obviously, you should read other reviews. But if this book was recommended to you because you have enjoyed other thrillers or mysteries or if you were lured in by the Gillian Flynn quote on the front, this might not be what you are looking for.
I am more thankful than ever that Audible has a great return policy.
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- ELB "Suspense books that pass the Bechdel test"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-06-2014
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio