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Hill of Secrets: An Israeli Jewish mystery novel by [Hartstein, Michal]
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On a blooming May morning, five bodies of a single religious family are found in their apartment, in the quiet suburb of Samuel's Hill (Giv'at Shmuel).

Detective Hadas Levinger, a renegade atheist daughter of a religious family, is put in charge of the police investigation. Slowly and skillfully she peels the shells protecting this unique community and reveals hard and painful secrets.

Can she survive them?

About the Author

Michal Hartstein was born in 1974 in Israel into a religious family, studied economics and accounting at the University of Tel Aviv, and started a career in finance. In 2006, after becoming a mother, she decided to change direction and began to write. For several years she has written a popular personal blog, and in 2011 published her first book, "Confession of a High Tech Widdw". After two years she had published her second book "Hill of Secrets". Hartstein’s books vividly describe the life of the Israeli middle class, focusing on middle class women, who, like her, have a religious background.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1613 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Oblivion (July 19 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa55623f0) out of 5 stars 136 reviews
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa556df84) out of 5 stars A First Class Mystery and a Lot More Aug. 6 2014
By Norma D - Published on
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As someone who has a sister living in Israel and who has visited the country several times, I was aware of the conflict between the very religious and the not so religious there. But I had very little familiarity with the daily lives and beliefs of some of Israel’s religious middle class, and this book, besides being a great mystery, gave me a window into that world. And a window, too, into the hearts and minds of those who were raised with strict religion and have moved on. It is nearly impossible, as a visitor to a country, to get to know its culture in such an intimate and detailed way, but “Hill Secrets” allows readers into a universe that very few outsiders get to experience.
As for the mystery, it’s an engrossing one that gives you a sense, right from the beginning, of both foreboding and a desire to know what happened. As the story behind the horrific crime unfolded, I found myself drawn deeper and deeper into it, and even found myself thinking about it when I wasn't reading. The female detective, the formerly religious and now atheist Hadas, is a complex character whose personality is only just beginning to be revealed in this book and she seems perfect for a series of mysteries.
Although the time and setting are quite different, in many ways this book reminded me of “The Alienist.” What makes that classic thriller so great is that it tells a fascinating mystery story but also gives the reader a feel for the era, place, culture and background of New York in the early 20th century. This book is much the same: not only are you engrossed in the solving of a crime, but the writer plunges you into a land and society that very few strangers ever experience. This is a beautifully written thriller and meditation on religion, mores and politics in modern Israeli society and I recommend it wholeheartedly.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa55701ec) out of 5 stars Thrilling! Aug. 7 2014
By Ally McMahon - Published on
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Hill of Secrets is a thrilling murder mystery. Author Michal Hartstein brings us this suspenseful and mysterious story involving the murder of a family and the subsequent quest to solve it. She effortlessly immerses us into the culture, characters, scenery, and dialogue. Hartstein touches on some very emotional topics and actions in her book making it a deep read at times. While this is a murder mystery, Hartstein shows tremendous talent for injecting humor and lightness in with the heavy subjects of murder, family life and religion for a beautifully balanced story. Detective Levinger is a fascinating and riveting character that captures the heart and draws us deep into the challenge of uncovering the truth about this murder. Levinger’s own strengths and weaknesses are brought into focus as the truth unfolds. The climax is shocking as the murderer is revealed. I highly recommend it!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa55701b0) out of 5 stars Mix of Mystery and Cultural Norms Oct. 27 2014
By Teri E - Published on
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Thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Not only was it exciting from a "mystery" standpoint; I found it very interesting and educational from a cultural perspective. The basis of the story is well researched and the reader gets a good understanding of the social, cultural and religious backgrounds around which the story is built. The secrets revealed were "true to life" but, one in particular was repulsive and though it affected me deeply and I didn't like reading about it, the fact remains that it is as it exists in life. Because this novel is not filled with police tactics and the grand chase, I would recommend it as one of the better mystery novels I have read.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa55704a4) out of 5 stars Good Read Oct. 29 2014
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This book is well written and the characters are interesting and well developed. It's not a fast-paced "page turner" in the way so many mystery novels are these days, but the story held my interest throughout. If you enjoy a good read and don't require shocking plot twists every other chapter, you will like this book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5570504) out of 5 stars Hill of secrets Nov. 17 2014
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I'm very picky about the books I like to read, and I'm glad I found this little gem between the free offerings on Amazon. I am usually a little leery of all the glowing 4 and 5 star reviews. But this time, I'll ad another 5 stars to the list.
Most of the time I base my download decisions on the 1 and 2 stars, but this time they didn't tell me much.
I downloaded the book and started reading. This is the type of mystery/intrigue that appeals to me. I'm not a fan of stories where the protagonist is falsely accused, abducted, or chased around, and the whole story is just about how s/he finally gets everything straightened bores me to tears.
This book was one of the few (free) I did not delete after reading. I liked the way the Jewish communities were presented and the interaction of the protagonist with her family.
I won't delete this one yet.