Run You Down by Julia Dahl

Julia Dahl’s latest and second novel which centers on the Ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jewish neighborhoods and people in the New York area, Run You Down, is just as eye opening and well written as her first, Invisible City. Our protagonist is a  Jewish reporter raised by a Christian dad after her Jewish mother left them, who unknowingly gets embroiled in murders in this very closed and secretive 23014620community. As Rebekah learns about Hasidic Jewish customs and life, so does the reader.

Rebekah’s missing mother tells her tale in alternating chapters as her daughter runs around New York trying to solve the mystery of a woman who may or may not have been murdered. It seems everyone from the police to the Jewish community have closed ranks to keep the truth from coming to light.

The main character, Rebekah, is young and suffering from depression and anxiety. She constantly questions herself. So much so that often I wanted to yell at her to knock it off and get serious about what was going on — just as I would for any 25 year old woman going through these life changing events. Dahl writes real characters involved in very interesting times. This mystery has it all — plot, setting and well-done characters.

My rating 5 of 5.

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2 thoughts on “Run You Down by Julia Dahl

  1. excelsiormommary September 11, 2016 / 3:03 am

    Great review — can’t wait to read it. Loved Invisible City.

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  2. Vickie September 11, 2016 / 1:18 pm

    This is an author I haven’t read. Thank you Pam.

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