Restoration Heights

Restoration Heights A debut novel about a young artist a missing woman and the tendrils of wealth and power that link the art scene in Brooklyn to Manhattan s elite for fans of Jonathan Lethem and Richard PriceReddick

  • Title: Restoration Heights
  • Author: Wil Medearis
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  • A debut novel about a young artist, a missing woman, and the tendrils of wealth and power that link the art scene in Brooklyn to Manhattan s elite, for fans of Jonathan Lethem and Richard PriceReddick, a young, white artist, lives in Bedford Stuyvesant, a historically black Brooklyn neighborhood besieged by gentrification He makes rent as an art handler, hanging expensive A debut novel about a young artist, a missing woman, and the tendrils of wealth and power that link the art scene in Brooklyn to Manhattan s elite, for fans of Jonathan Lethem and Richard PriceReddick, a young, white artist, lives in Bedford Stuyvesant, a historically black Brooklyn neighborhood besieged by gentrification He makes rent as an art handler, hanging expensive works for Manhattan s one percent, and spends his free time playing basketball at the local Y rather than putting energy into his stagnating career He is also the last person to see Hannah before she disappears.When Hannah s fiance, scion to an old money Upper East Side family, refuses to call the police, Reddick sets out to learn for himself what happened to her The search gives him a sense of purpose, pulling him through a dramatic cross section of the city he never knew existed The truth of Hannah s fate is buried at the heart of a many layered mystery that, in its unraveling, shakes Reddick s convictions and lays bare the complicated machinations of money and power that connect the magisterial town houses of the Upper East Side to the unassuming brownstones of Bed Stuy Restoration Heights is both a page turning mystery and an in depth study of the psychological fallout and deep racial tensions that result from economic inequality and unrestricted urban development In lyrical, addictive prose, Wil Medearis asks the question In a city that prides itself on its diversity and inclusivity, who has the final say over the future Is it long standing residents, recent transplants or whoever happens to have the most money Timely, thought provoking and sweeping in vision, Restoration Heights is an exhilarating new entry in the canon of great Brooklyn novels Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBound Or buy for Advanced Readers Edition, 336 pages Published January 22nd 2019 by Hanover Square Press More Details Other Editions 6 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Restoration Heights, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book 2019 Literary Fiction for Guys 27 books 2 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Aug 04, 2018 Sandi rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves mystery, arc giveaway, contemporary, debut book, netgalley digital, the arts, 6 kindle, closed 5000 books 2018 3.5 stars Thanks to NetGalley and Hanover Square Press for allowing me to read and review this ARC Publication Feb 1, 2019 Hannah is missing Reddick was the last one to see her This sits very heavy on his heart and mind It consumes him They are virtually strangers He has let his own faltering career decline, he loses his job, he begins to lose friends He is consumed with the disappearance of Hannah He must find her Is she buried under the new urban high rise being built Just who is t 3.5 stars Thanks to NetGalley and Hanover Square Press for allowing me to read and review this ARC Publication Feb 1, 2019 Hannah is missing Reddick was the last one to see her This sits very heavy on his heart and mind It consumes him They are virtually strangers He has let his own faltering career decline, he loses his job, he begins to lose friends He is consumed with the disappearance of Hannah He must find her Is she buried under the new urban high rise being built Just who is to blame her fiancee or the man she is cheating with, who is a long time friend of her fiancee This story is so much It speaks to the decline of a black neighborhood and the separation of the middle and the wealthy classes We see Reddick, a white man, living comfortably in an all black neighborhood, trying desperately to prevent the corporate world from redesigning and changing it s culture, while hitting a brick wall from both the developers and the neighborhood itself We see the wealthy and the down trodden We see the good in people and also the vile, reprehensible underworld This is not a mere mystery, but a mystery set in the present day upheaval of ethnic neighborhoods against corporate greed flag 13 likesLike see review View 2 comments Feb 01, 2019 Berit rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019, 2019 ng, audio review A compelling mystery peppered with a generous amount of social issues and art This was a well crafted debut that really dissected the social issues impacting New York City Full disclosure I do not live in New York, I have never been to New York, I probably will never go to New York, I live on the other side of the country in good old southern California where we have our own set of issues obviously we have a lot of the same social and racial issues, we are also a melting pot, however the A compelling mystery peppered with a generous amount of social issues and art This was a well crafted debut that really dissected the social issues impacting New York City Full disclosure I do not live in New York, I have never been to New York, I probably will never go to New York, I live on the other side of the country in good old southern California where we have our own set of issues obviously we have a lot of the same social and racial issues, we are also a melting pot, however the LA area is very spread out and from what I can tell NYC is not all this is to say if you are a New Yorker or familiar with the area I think this book will resonate with you a bit than it did me that s not to say I did not enjoy the book, I really did, I really enjoyed the characters, I loved how the story was told, I appreciated the discussion of social issues without being preachy, and most of all I really found the mystery complex and compelling Wil Medearis has seamlessly woven together a book that will make you both think and feelReddick is a white man living in a mostly black area of Brooklyn this is where he is most comfortable and he is not a fan of the impending gentrification of the area he is also a struggling artist currently working as an art handler if you are like me and had no idea there was such an occupation, he would go to the homes of the very wealthy and hang their priceless artworks while working in the home of a wealthy family he hears about a missing girl, and soon figures out he might be the last one to have seen her but what would the fianc of such a wealthy man be doing at a party in his Brooklyn apartment building And even puzzling why is the fianc not concerned not contacting the police Reddick is like a dog with a bone, he will stop at nothing to figure out what happened to HannahReddick was very passionate about social and racial issues and sometimes it clouded his judgment when it came to figuring this mystery out it also dictated him getting involved in the first place, it was never quite clear why he would care so much about a complete stranger, other than to prove that this wealthy family was up to no good fortunately he had many friends in his life to ground him and to bounce ideas off of I also really liked how he used his art to try to solve the mysteryAnd as he got deeper into the mystery he learned that things are much complex than they appear to be the web of deceit knows no color A slow burning mystery full of well crafted characters and some thought provoking issues, absolutely recommend I can guarantee that the audiobook narration to this story definitely added to my enjoyment Angelo Di Loreto has a stellar voice and really brought all these characters to life, Reddick in particular he really painted a picture of the story with his voice And extremely well done audio song running through my head Lyrics to the song really have nothing to do with this book, however this really was the song running through my head, because it is set in BrooklynNo sleep till,Brooklyn Foot on the pedalNever ever false metalEngine running hotter than a boiling kettleMy job ain t a jobIt s a damn good timeCity to city I m running my rhymes.On locationTouring around the nationBeastie Boys always on vacationItchy trigger fingerBut a stable turntableI do what I do bestBecause I m willing and able.Ain t no fakingYour money I m takingGoing coast to coast to watch all the girlies shaking.While you re at the job working nine to fiveThe Beastie Boys at the GardenCold kickin it live.No sleep tillAnother planeAnother trainAnother bottle in the brainAnother girlAnother fightAnother drive all night.Our manager s crazyHe always smokes dustHe s got his own room at the back of the bus.Beastie Boys 1986https m.youtube watch v uZeXhC6 A huge thank you to Harlequin and Harper Audio for my copy of this book flag 38 likesLike see review KAS Super review, Berit Glad it was enjoyable for you 11 hours, 55 min ago Berit KAS thank you so much 8 hours, 45 min ago Felicia Wonderful review, Berit I ve been to NY, it s not so bad 7 hours, 3 min ago Jun 25, 2018 Eryn marked it as soon to be read Shelves arc and netgalley, owned, reviewed Wow, I m really happy that I got an ARC of this flag 8 likesLike see review Jun 19, 2018 Rick rated it it was amazing Restoration Heights is a mystery novel that is of interest to anyone who has ever wanted to help someone In his debut mystery novel Wil Medearis introduces us to Reddick, a young white artist turned detective in a historical black Brooklyn neighbourhood Reddick s imagination leads him in many directions when he decides against everyone s advice to help a young woman he believes has been kidnapped and possibly murdered.Reddick is an unfulfilled artist who works crating and moving other people s Restoration Heights is a mystery novel that is of interest to anyone who has ever wanted to help someone In his debut mystery novel Wil Medearis introduces us to Reddick, a young white artist turned detective in a historical black Brooklyn neighbourhood Reddick s imagination leads him in many directions when he decides against everyone s advice to help a young woman he believes has been kidnapped and possibly murdered.Reddick is an unfulfilled artist who works crating and moving other people s art and hanging it on other s people s walls One night, while taking out the garbage, he is approached by a young woman who makes a pass at him and then quickly disappears The next day while working in the mansion of one of the richest families in the world he realizes that the same girl is the fianc of his client s son When he sets off the alarm the family tells him there is nothing to worry about Regardless, Reddick just can t stop thinking about the young woman and the search begins He is basically taken down two paths one where he mingles with the rich who insist he doesn t belong and the other where he wallows in the underbelly of criminal society, which threatens to cause him harm All the time he is asking himself Where is the girl I really enjoyed the protagonist in the story Reddick truly wants to help but he is an inexperience detective When he bounces ideas off his friends they all say, Stop this or you will get yourself killed He goes down many tracks and has to backtrack many times when his basic assumptions prove wrong He is not brilliant or exceptionally tough He just wants to help He could be anyone of us What s not to love about this guy The story is exceptional We are introduced to the clash of the world of artists who are just getting by and the world of real estate, which threatens their existence Has their been a crime Who is the criminal Shouldn t the police be called All these questions come up continuously and few of them are answered until the end of the book I highly recommend this book to those that love a good story with lots of interesting characters and strong character development.I would like to thank NetGalley and Hanover Square Press for providing me with a copy of this excellent book in exchange for a fair review flag 4 likesLike see review Aug 08, 2018 Audrey rated it it was ok This was a hard book for me to get through because I just couldn t get into it I appreciated the narrative on race relations and Reddick s relationship to the city and the mystery was sort of interesting, but it felt like two completely different stories I would forget what was happening with the mystery while I was slogging through something like Reddick playing basketball Also, I ve never been to New York City and it felt like some things relied heavily on having some sort of background kno This was a hard book for me to get through because I just couldn t get into it I appreciated the narrative on race relations and Reddick s relationship to the city and the mystery was sort of interesting, but it felt like two completely different stories I would forget what was happening with the mystery while I was slogging through something like Reddick playing basketball Also, I ve never been to New York City and it felt like some things relied heavily on having some sort of background knowledge of how the city works I ve ready plenty of books about places I ve never been to without any issues, but I had to look up several things just to know what was going on flag 4 likesLike see review Aug 20, 2018 Aimee Dars rated it really liked it Recommends it for those who enjoyed Visitation Street Shelves fiction, mystery, netgalley Reddick worked as an art handler and spent his free time playing basketball at the Y, ignored his own painting career On a winter s night in his Brooklyn neighborhood Bedford Stuyvesan, a young blond woman, drunk, followed Reddick into an alley and invited him to kiss her He declined, offering instead to get her a ride home Before he could call a car, she disappeared into his apartment building, apparently returning to a party that she d momentarily escaped The next day, he mined the story f Reddick worked as an art handler and spent his free time playing basketball at the Y, ignored his own painting career On a winter s night in his Brooklyn neighborhood Bedford Stuyvesan, a young blond woman, drunk, followed Reddick into an alley and invited him to kiss her He declined, offering instead to get her a ride home Before he could call a car, she disappeared into his apartment building, apparently returning to a party that she d momentarily escaped The next day, he mined the story for laughs until a coworker reminded him that a woman went missing under similar circumstances in Coney Island a few years earlier and her body had been found on the beach He began questioning his inaction, worrying about the fate of the girl.That day he was working with a crew dismantling and installing art at the home of the Seward family, one of the wealthiest families in the country and a patron of the arts While at their home, he learns the woman he encountered the night before was Hannah, the fiancee of Buckley Seward, the family s only child He was eager to share his information, but the family was hostile, demanding he refrain from contacting them about Hannah or going to the police hardly veiling that they would have him fired if he disobeyed.Aghast at their reaction and convinced Hannah was in peril if not dead, Reddick began his own investigation As he uncovered the layers of relationships in the Seward family and among Buckley s friends, he confronted the scourge of gentrification in his neighborhood, the specter of a mysterious crime boss, The Genie, and his own racial identity.Something about the book grabbed me, and I stayed up almost all night reading it I enjoyed the writing style and was invested not just in the mystery of Hannah s disappearance but in the question of Reddick s investment in the case The characters engaged in difficult and honest questions about race, class, and privilege Fittingly, these themes were never resolved but offered continual touchpoints throughout the novel The book also returns to the idea of biases that distort the truth, and Reddick must confront his own assumptions as he unfurls the connections between Hannah, his neighborhood, and the elite world of the Sewards.In the vein of Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda, Restoration Heights vividly evokes a Brooklyn neighborhood and its class and racial tensions Wrapped in the guise of a mystery, Restoration Heights delivers much Thank you to Netgalley and Hanover Square Press for providing an advance electronic reader s copy in exchange for an honest review. flag 3 likesLike see review Jul 10, 2018 Kasa Cotugno rated it liked it Shelves arc, genre crime thriller, loc usa nyc, subj gentrification For the past ten years there have been many novels written about the encroaching gentrification of formerly run down New York neighborhoods, with varying results Mostly they concern residents who were holdovers from an earlier day when the area rents were affordable, and their efforts to hold onto their homes, realizing their days under rent control were numbered and they d be hard put to find a new place Wil Medaris has kicked it up a notch by throwing in a mystery Reddick, his protagonist w For the past ten years there have been many novels written about the encroaching gentrification of formerly run down New York neighborhoods, with varying results Mostly they concern residents who were holdovers from an earlier day when the area rents were affordable, and their efforts to hold onto their homes, realizing their days under rent control were numbered and they d be hard put to find a new place Wil Medaris has kicked it up a notch by throwing in a mystery Reddick, his protagonist who is a stalled artist working for a company that stores and hangs art collections of the 1%, finds himself an unlikely detective in trying to find what happened to a missing girl We are given insights into building sites in Bed Stuy, concrete office buildings in Williamsburg, and 5 story townhouses in the upper East Side of Manhattan But Brooklyn is ground zero, and I particularly liked descriptions of the artist collectives as well as Reddick s thoughts as he relaxed shooting hoops As housing becomes harder and harder for the urban resident to attain and retain, anyone who has been in a bidding war will recognize the situation But Reddick who is 1 4 African American but bears white skin, blond hair, shares an identity crisis with his neighborhood, My 3 start rating is due to the fact that the book, while intriguing and raising many contemporary issues, is quite repetitive and could have been trimmed by at least a 1 3 flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 23, 2018 Paul rated it really liked it Once you accept the New York coincidence the fact that the Upper West Side fianc is last seen outside Reddick s Bed Stuy apartment building , the reader can enjoy Medearis s very good writing In Restoration Heights, he provides searing commentary on gentrification, on athletes, on white rage, on the art community, and education vs experience It is a good mystery that provides than just a hunt for the plot s truth With a quick nod to Mosely, Medearis is a writer to be followed.For my fu Once you accept the New York coincidence the fact that the Upper West Side fianc is last seen outside Reddick s Bed Stuy apartment building , the reader can enjoy Medearis s very good writing In Restoration Heights, he provides searing commentary on gentrification, on athletes, on white rage, on the art community, and education vs experience It is a good mystery that provides than just a hunt for the plot s truth With a quick nod to Mosely, Medearis is a writer to be followed.For my full review all my reviews flag 2 likesLike see review Jun 25, 2018 A.M.G rated it liked it Shelves netgalley feedback Netgalley free copy received.Rating 3.4 5 The guilty thrill of being surrounded by blackness without having to live like them Not separate but unequalThe truth was that it looked like a good place to hide a body It s little snippets of description like this, as well as the character of Reddick himself, that make this a quick and relatively enjoyable read To be honest, not exactly my cup of tea as much as I thought it would be based on the summary, but good enough to enjoy over an afte Netgalley free copy received.Rating 3.4 5 The guilty thrill of being surrounded by blackness without having to live like them Not separate but unequalThe truth was that it looked like a good place to hide a body It s little snippets of description like this, as well as the character of Reddick himself, that make this a quick and relatively enjoyable read To be honest, not exactly my cup of tea as much as I thought it would be based on the summary, but good enough to enjoy over an afternoon of literal tea.The story starts off with Reddick, or less an everyman sort of character, a white artist living in Restoration Heights aka white people s building in a mostly black neighborhood Not sure if it s all black, because it s described as mixed , but since Reddick himself is mixed but looks all white, I m not sure if there are mixed messages with this, but oh well Anyways, he s walking along, minding his own business and tossing out his garbage in an alley, when crazy drunk girl Hannah starts flirting with him, goes into the building to a party , and is never seen again.Flash forward to the next morning, and Reddick is trying to explain things to the girl s fiance and his family, but, being rich, snobby, and I m too superior to listen to you , Reddick ends up being spurred by said rich family s neighbor Mrs Leland instead, both interested in the bare principles of what s wrong and right Sojustice.Anyway, the story follows Reddick in his pursuit of finding out what happens to Hannah, and, as promised, the journey does shake his morals and fundamentals, even gets the reader thinking as well The entire story takes place over approximately a nine day period, but at times, it feels longer than that Because of this, the fact that the ending wasah, not at all something that I enjoyed in this context though I have liked those sorts of endings in other works , and also that I wasn t always sure what was happening or the who s who description wasn t always clear in this book, like the author expected us to already know some details, either that or the details weren t deserving of description, in which case I think he might have left them out altogether , while I do think this book deserves perhaps a one time read, I don t see myself going back to it necessarily, or even recommending it If it s someone else s cup of tea though, I guarantee you ll find something in it to love.With that being said, I d actually like to quote the very last line of the book in describing my feelings about this as being distinct overall was surrounded by them, consumed you look and look but you ll never see the difference Soother book flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 27, 2018 Elaine Moore rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley The story opens with Reddick making a chance acquaintance with an inebriated woman as he steps outside into the alley to set out his trash Although she s willing to follow him inside into his Brooklyn apartment, he urges her to go back to the party that she left He watches as she s guided inside.A struggling artist, Reddick earns his living working for a company that hangs art work inside the homes of wealthy clients There he learns that the wealthy client s son is distraught that his fiance The story opens with Reddick making a chance acquaintance with an inebriated woman as he steps outside into the alley to set out his trash Although she s willing to follow him inside into his Brooklyn apartment, he urges her to go back to the party that she left He watches as she s guided inside.A struggling artist, Reddick earns his living working for a company that hangs art work inside the homes of wealthy clients There he learns that the wealthy client s son is distraught that his fiance Hannah is missing When Reddick sees her picture he realizes that the blonde he met in the alley is Hannah.This begins a quest in which Reddick is compelled to find either the girl or discover what happened to her The setting is Bedford Stuyvesant and Restoration Heights is a gentrification project that s changing the community The story focuses on the consequences of gentrification for the community and the problems with racial stereotypes An underlying theme centers on Reddick s lack of enthusiasm for his own career Between spending time shooting hoops at the Y and obsessing over Hannah s plight and investigating his own theories of what might have happened, he s eventually forced to consider his own future as well as the future of a rapidly changing community.I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it a great addition to my collection of books exploring Brooklyn s sociological history flag 2 likesLike see review May 22, 2018 Natalie rated it liked it Those of us living in the ever changing, gentrifying environs of New York City will easily be pulled into this very odd mystery revolving around the obsessive search for a mysterious young woman who may have been killed The main character, Reddick becomes submerged in his search for Hannah, who he believes might be the victim of a crime His search takes the reader through the hipster art community, the homes of the wealthy and the issues surrounding gentrification and displacement in many neig Those of us living in the ever changing, gentrifying environs of New York City will easily be pulled into this very odd mystery revolving around the obsessive search for a mysterious young woman who may have been killed The main character, Reddick becomes submerged in his search for Hannah, who he believes might be the victim of a crime His search takes the reader through the hipster art community, the homes of the wealthy and the issues surrounding gentrification and displacement in many neighborhoods We get to meet many interesting people during his search, but I felt there were too many characters involved and were hard to keep track of I enjoyed the main plot line but I found it obfuscated by the many, many subplots surrounding Reddick Certainly an interesting read for book clubs which will give the readers lots of material for discussions flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 29, 2019 Tiffany PSquared rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves kindle books, netgalley Many thanks to Netgalley, the author, and Hanover Square Press for a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.An evenly paced debut mystery that wraps commentary about gentrification, racial bias, and economic gaps around a thrilling plot headlined by a likable, complex protagonist I was pleasantly surprised by this novel The book was well developed and intriguing It could have perhaps benefitted from an epilogue, but even in its absence, the book didn t suffer 4 stars to thi Many thanks to Netgalley, the author, and Hanover Square Press for a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.An evenly paced debut mystery that wraps commentary about gentrification, racial bias, and economic gaps around a thrilling plot headlined by a likable, complex protagonist I was pleasantly surprised by this novel The book was well developed and intriguing It could have perhaps benefitted from an epilogue, but even in its absence, the book didn t suffer 4 stars to this gritty debut novel with heart flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 04, 2019 Candace rated it it was ok review of another edition Please do not be influenced by blurbs comparing this novel to Richard Price or Jay McInerney There s no way Restoration Heights has an unconvincing premise uncomfortably blended with gentrification angst that make it hard to struggle through.Reddick is an artist living in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, working as an art handler, moving and rehanging the art collections of very wealthy people On his latest job, he realizes that the fiancee of the family scion is missing an Please do not be influenced by blurbs comparing this novel to Richard Price or Jay McInerney There s no way Restoration Heights has an unconvincing premise uncomfortably blended with gentrification angst that make it hard to struggle through.Reddick is an artist living in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, working as an art handler, moving and rehanging the art collections of very wealthy people On his latest job, he realizes that the fiancee of the family scion is missing and that he, Reddick, may have been the last person to see her Another uber wealthy family asks him to look into what might have happened why they would ask him to do this makes no sense he s someone who packs and hangs art, not someone who is connected with anything or anyone Reddick becomes obsessed with his search, losing his job, his friends, and almost his mind He turns up a few surprising things and learns something about his neighborhood that he didn t expect.What I did like is that Wil Medearis spreads the gentrification anxiety around, with some of the African American characters being its biggest supporters There s no simple solution to the changes sweeping so many neighborhoods, and it was good to see a wealth of opinions represented flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 06, 2018 Jessie rated it it was ok Will Medearis s debut novel, Restoration Heights, brings a new angle to the existing canon of whudunnit mysteries race Where mystery writers of yore infuse glamor and intrigue, Medearis focuses on gentrification and racial bias A story like his holds huge potential to engage a wide audience unfortunately, the plot of Restoration Heights falls short in translating its social focus to its murder mystery plot.Reddick is that guy you know He s an average looking, a few years over thirty white Will Medearis s debut novel, Restoration Heights, brings a new angle to the existing canon of whudunnit mysteries race Where mystery writers of yore infuse glamor and intrigue, Medearis focuses on gentrification and racial bias A story like his holds huge potential to engage a wide audience unfortunately, the plot of Restoration Heights falls short in translating its social focus to its murder mystery plot.Reddick is that guy you know He s an average looking, a few years over thirty white guy who has been a native of Bed Stuy for nearly a decade He s led an unremarkable life, that is, until he meets a woman named Hannah One evening s strange encounter sparks a massive pivot in Reddick s life he goes from being an art handler artist to a full fledged investigator looking into Hannah s disappearance Reddick holds rather tightly to the idea Hannah has been murdered, which sends him spiraling down a series of poor decisions, ranging from breaking laws and into apartments to alienating himself from most of his friends Everyone, including Hannah s soon to be in laws who Reddick also happens to work for lacks confidence in his ability to prove the involvement of foul play, but Reddick feels it is his duty to Hannah to find the truth.Interspersed in Reddick s questionable investigative practices are conversations about art, class, and race The first signs of gentrification arrive in Bed Stuy a few years prior, but the book s namesake construction project, Restoration Heights, threatens the entire fabric of the community Tensions are high, protests abound, and bitterness percolates among most Bed Stuy natives.With juice bars and cycle classes looming, Medearis uses the community s forced transition to discuss the obvious racial implications of the situation at hand Reddick s own story almost always permeates these conversations he constantly makes references to the fact that he was the only white kid in his neighborhood growing up, and that he feels comfortable among black people than white people he even jokes a number of times about how his grandfather was black at the beginning of the novel To Medearis s credit, he covers a lot of ground when it comes to talking about privilege and oppression, but he fails to form a strong connection between these conversations and the murder case itself, thus weakening both aspects of the story The race motif is related to Hannah s disappearance only in the form of the suspects tied to the case two are white and two are black Other than this fact, Medearis s larger conversation on race is, unfortunately, largely forced.Restoration Heights may be the first step towards creating a twenty first century whodunnit, one that carries a social focus in addition to classic detective work In this case, the novel s murder mystery plot does not sustain its relationship to Medearis s diligent social commentary What s left is a disjointed text with unbelievable information, dialogue, and characters Despite the worthy attempt, the execution simply falls short of what readers will want to see flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 02, 2018 Janet rated it liked it Shelves zz 2018ng when i read, kindle I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review From the publisher A debut novel about a young artist, a missing woman, and the tendrils of wealth and power that link the art scene in Brooklyn to Manhattan s elite, for fans of Jonathan Lethem and Richard PriceReddick, a young, white artist, lives in Bedford Stuyvesant, a historically black Brooklyn neighborhood besieged by gentrification He makes rent as an art handler, hanging expensive w I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review From the publisher A debut novel about a young artist, a missing woman, and the tendrils of wealth and power that link the art scene in Brooklyn to Manhattan s elite, for fans of Jonathan Lethem and Richard PriceReddick, a young, white artist, lives in Bedford Stuyvesant, a historically black Brooklyn neighborhood besieged by gentrification He makes rent as an art handler, hanging expensive works for Manhattan s one percent, and spends his free time playing basketball at the local Y rather than putting energy into his stagnating career He is also the last person to see Hannah before she disappears.When Hannah s fianc , scion of an old money Upper East Side family, refuses to call the police, Reddick sets out to learn for himself what happened to her The search gives him a sense of purpose, pulling him through a dramatic cross section of the city he never knew existed The truth of Hannah s fate is buried at the heart of a many layered mystery that, in its unraveling, shakes Reddick s convictions and lays bare the complicated machinations of money and power that connect the magisterial townhouses of the Upper East Side to the unassuming brownstones of Bed Stuy Restoration Heights is both a page turning mystery and an in depth study of the psychological fallout and deep racial tensions that result from economic inequality and unrestricted urban development In lyrical, addictive prose, Wil Medearis asks the question In a city that prides itself on its diversity and inclusivity, who has the final say over the future Is it long standing residents, recent transplants or whoever happens to have the most money Timely, thought provoking and sweeping in vision, Restoration Heights is an exhilarating new entry in the canon of great Brooklyn novels.I should start off by saying that while I was reading this book that the song Money, Money, Money by ABBA kept going through my head over and over and over again It s true it must be funny in a rich man s world This book tried REALLY HARD to be what I call The Great Urban Novel Voice of a Generation ala Jay McInerny in the 1980s and it succeeded on many levels On the positive side level, it was deftly written and touches on so many hot topics that plague urban life racism, poverty, etc On the negative side, it was not a book I had a hard time putting down and saying to myself Yeah, I will finish this later that happened several times In fact, it took me almost three months to get through and finish it which in my world of easily reading three books a day Okay, I have no life so that, than anything, sums it up for me.I liked it but I did not enjoy it I hope that makes sense on some level three stars, flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 17, 2018 Lisa Leone campbell rated it liked it Restoration Heights A Novel by Wil Medearis is a complex look into racial inequality and tensions between the have and have nots, as well as your rank in society and who you know or think you know It is a thought provoking book which has similarities of the times we are living in today Thrown into the mix is a missing person mystery which adds another layer of intrigue to an already multi layered story.Reddick is a struggling white artist living in Brooklyn who has a memorable encounter with Restoration Heights A Novel by Wil Medearis is a complex look into racial inequality and tensions between the have and have nots, as well as your rank in society and who you know or think you know It is a thought provoking book which has similarities of the times we are living in today Thrown into the mix is a missing person mystery which adds another layer of intrigue to an already multi layered story.Reddick is a struggling white artist living in Brooklyn who has a memorable encounter with a beautiful affluent blonde girl named Hannah Reddick s primary job is working for a company which moves artwork He ironically overhears a conversation between their latest client and her son about the son s fianc going missing Riddick sees her picture and realizes this is Hannah.He tells them he has seen her and is suddenly hired to look into what happened to her Hence begins a story of race, money, greed and class status It also shows what some will do in order to survive both emotionally as well as financially.Reddick, who for his own personal reasons, begins a crusade to find the missing girl During his journey he begins to see the complexities of race and its unfairness in inner city life and what it takes to survive in a neighborhood where new people are moving in and trying to change the lifestyle many who have lived there all their lives are use to.Restoration Heights is a thought provoking mystery which makes you think and feel until the last page.Thank you netgalley and Harlequin for the advanced copy The book will be out in January, 2019 flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 21, 2018 Amy GallivantingPages rated it really liked it Shelves read netgalley 4 Stars Reddick is an artist, working as an art handler, and living in a Brooklyn neighborhood Hannah is a girl that goes missing and Reddick is the last person to see her, when he randomly meets her one night outside his building while taking out the trash Issues between race and economic classes arise throughout this book during Reddick s work to find out what has happened to Hannah I really enjoyed this book, there were definitely some slow parts and not a ton of action, but the end 4 Stars Reddick is an artist, working as an art handler, and living in a Brooklyn neighborhood Hannah is a girl that goes missing and Reddick is the last person to see her, when he randomly meets her one night outside his building while taking out the trash Issues between race and economic classes arise throughout this book during Reddick s work to find out what has happened to Hannah I really enjoyed this book, there were definitely some slow parts and not a ton of action, but the ending picked up and brought everything together well, providing closure I loved the character development and writing style Some parts were a little wordy and could have been simplified but overall I really liked this book and would recommend it Special thanks to NetGalley and Hanover Square Press for this advance read copy in exchange for an honest review flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 26, 2018 Amy Byers rated it it was amazing Very enjoyable would love to read by Wil flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 29, 2018 Aryn rated it it was ok Shelves netgalley, literary fiction A girl has gone missing in Bedford Stuyvesant, a historically black Brooklyn neighborhood, and no one seems to care Reddick, a white man, an artist, art mover, and basketball player is convinced that he spoke to Hannah Granger the night she disappeared Hannah was the fiance of Buckley Seward, the only son of an extremely wealthy family, but Buckley and the rest of the Sewards refuse to involve the police or even believe that something untoward has happened to Hannah Reddick embarks on an inve A girl has gone missing in Bedford Stuyvesant, a historically black Brooklyn neighborhood, and no one seems to care Reddick, a white man, an artist, art mover, and basketball player is convinced that he spoke to Hannah Granger the night she disappeared Hannah was the fiance of Buckley Seward, the only son of an extremely wealthy family, but Buckley and the rest of the Sewards refuse to involve the police or even believe that something untoward has happened to Hannah Reddick embarks on an investigation that dives into the gentrification of Bed Stuy, and causes him to question himself I had a difficult time enjoying this book I think it is a well written novel, but part of that comes from how much Reddick annoyed me as a character His focus and obsession with the case, even when told by everyone around him that there is no case, just a woman who left her fiance, almost drove me away from the book However, the events and discoveries that Reddick uses to create his theory of the case are things that could, in a poorly written mystery, actually be the story that is being told He is caught up in a world where everything has a double meaning, and the other characters continue to tell him that sometimes things really are as simple as they seem The story may not have appealed to me as a mystery, but had I approached it as a social commentary novel based around the tropes of mysteries, I think I may have enjoyed it The heart of the novel is an exploration of the gentrification of the historically black neighborhood of Bed Stuy, and how Reddick s identity as a white man who lives in the neighborhood responds to the process He does not see himself as part of the gentrifying force, citing his experiences growing up in a predominantly black neighborhood and his resistance and outrage over the new construction projects as reasons that he is part of the group that is being pushed out of the area A number of characters challenge him on that front, pointing out that for all his experiences he will always be someone who moved into the area after completing art school, not someone who has been part of the ethos of the neighborhood since birth, and he can never share the experience of being black in Brooklyn Final verdict While I did not particularly enjoy the book, I can see where others would Great material for book groups that want to tackle gentrification, race, and wealth disparity, but I would hesitate to recommend it as a mystery flag Like see review Jan 16, 2019 Pamela rated it really liked it Shelves art, fiction, notes, mystery crime, ala2018, type pre_pub, z mt_tbr_ch_2019 As a placeholder my short review said this is not your typical mystery, but then again that isn t my go to genre so maybe I miss out on what s out there.What I meant by not typical was the infusion of other social issues gentrification, white and black, rich and poor There s this whole part of the book where Reddick, the main character, is justifying who he is and how he fits into this Brooklyn neighborhood He s white but grew up poor and around other blacks He s been told his grandfather w As a placeholder my short review said this is not your typical mystery, but then again that isn t my go to genre so maybe I miss out on what s out there.What I meant by not typical was the infusion of other social issues gentrification, white and black, rich and poor There s this whole part of the book where Reddick, the main character, is justifying who he is and how he fits into this Brooklyn neighborhood He s white but grew up poor and around other blacks He s been told his grandfather was half black so he tells people this, to give himself street cred The guys aren t buying it either And Reddick hates how his neighborhood is changing So many white people are moving in, and the crux is around this new project called Restoration Heights.The main story is around this white girl who hit on Reddick one night in his alley while taking out the trash She was very drunk, and Reddick didn t take it any further, besides the party she was at came back into focus and she went back inside The next day at his art handling job he finds out that same girl is missing The way the boyfriend and family reacts is very odd to Reddick To make things bizarre the neighbor, also filthy rich, hires Reddick to find out about Hannah and what happened Then Reddick becomes obsessed Despite nearly losing friends, being threatened, and knowing he s going down dangerous roads, he can t stop searching and asking He asks very uncomfortable questions and does some very awkward things And some of this is where the book falters It is odd interviewing I know the guy is an amateur, his supposed to be an artist, but really it doesn t read well Overall there is a lot to like in the book I got caught up in trying to figure out what happened to Hannah There s different intricacies and revelations that come up, as you might expect in a mystery detective type story But there s so much I loved the part about persistent pursuit of your passion, it just might lead you to success Okay, the book didn t say in those exact words, but it was the sentiment Hopefully that didn t give anything away.Book rating 3.5 stars Thanks to Harlequin Hanover Square Press and NetGalley for an uncorrected electronic advance review copy of this book. flag Like see review Nov 19, 2018 Nann rated it really liked it My review for the United for Libraries VOICE Jan Feb 2019 You know Reddick He s that white guy on the subway, past thirty and showing it The reader nods indeed, we ve seen Reddick But we don t know him and we couldn t guess in store for him in Wil Medearis s intense and compelling debut mystery.Reddick is an artist who is waiting for something big to happen, though he can t pinpoint what that is He is content to let things happen around him, not the least of which is the rapid gentrif My review for the United for Libraries VOICE Jan Feb 2019 You know Reddick He s that white guy on the subway, past thirty and showing it The reader nods indeed, we ve seen Reddick But we don t know him and we couldn t guess in store for him in Wil Medearis s intense and compelling debut mystery.Reddick is an artist who is waiting for something big to happen, though he can t pinpoint what that is He is content to let things happen around him, not the least of which is the rapid gentrification of his Brooklyn neighborhood Meanwhile he plays a lot of basketball at the YMCA when he s not working for an art installation company One winter evening when he returns to his apartment he encounters a young woman leaving a party in the same building She comes on to him He s not interested and walks away from her The young woman disappears into the night The next day Reddick is on an installation job in the Manhattan townhouse of enormously wealthy art patrons He sees a photo of the son with his fianc e the same young woman he saw the night before He overhears that the woman has vanished His curiosity is piqued When he is hired by the dowager of another wealthy family to search for the young woman the situation gets murkier Reddick uses his network of casual friends, Y buddies, and college classmates to find the answers His investigation leads to shady real estate transactions for Brooklyn redevelopment Privilege, money, and power are pitted against a neighborhood boss whose sub rosa operation Reddick uncovers The next time we ride the subway we ll wonder what stories our fellow passengers all the other Reddicks have to tell us flag Like see review Sep 22, 2018 Marianne rated it liked it Shelves 2018 Thank you to NetGalley and Hanover Square Press for the advanced digital copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.This book was a little hard for me to get into at first I picked it up and put it down a few times But I m glad I picked it up and finished it Once this book hit a certain pace about 50 pages in, it really drew me in and I knew I wanted to find out what happens At times I found it hard to believe that Reddick would be that invested and determined to find out what happens t Thank you to NetGalley and Hanover Square Press for the advanced digital copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.This book was a little hard for me to get into at first I picked it up and put it down a few times But I m glad I picked it up and finished it Once this book hit a certain pace about 50 pages in, it really drew me in and I knew I wanted to find out what happens At times I found it hard to believe that Reddick would be that invested and determined to find out what happens to Hannah But just when I would start doubting that anyone would be willing to go to the lengths that Reddick did, one of his friends would ask the same questions that would be running through my head His friends seemed to be the voice of reason, and their questioning of Reddick and his motives allowed him to vocalize what he was thinking and let the reader into his head This was very helpful in keeping the storyline believable for me I really enjoyed this book There is mystery and suspense The emotional dialogue on race, privilege, and gentrification were really enlightening to read The book is an interesting glimpse into the world of art and real estate in New York City and makes you ask yourself some important questions flag Like see review Aug 02, 2018 Authentikate rated it liked it Shelves historical fiction Wow Did this book feel timely Restoration Heights is a mystery about a mission girl But it is about so much than that It s about a young artist who struggles personally with identity, envy, and self doubt It s about racism generally how the hue of one s skin constructs in many people s mind the notion of worthiness that end, it s about prejudice too cutting all ways it s about wealth and privilege and how those two things shape perspectives it s about gentrification the proce Wow Did this book feel timely Restoration Heights is a mystery about a mission girl But it is about so much than that It s about a young artist who struggles personally with identity, envy, and self doubt It s about racism generally how the hue of one s skin constructs in many people s mind the notion of worthiness that end, it s about prejudice too cutting all ways it s about wealth and privilege and how those two things shape perspectives it s about gentrification the process of cleaning up an inner city neighborhood to bring in new home buyers people who resemble the previous current occupants little how changing a neighborhood for cosmetic reasons has far reaching impacts for people and cuts deeply often in very unfair ways it s ultimately about how a young man views himself, his worth, and his place in society two communities that pull at him in different ways While the sociological aspects intrigued me on an academic level, the story itself was a bit slow to develop and the time it took me to finish this book was because, for me, it lacked a hook Thanks to NetGalley and publisher for ARC flag Like see review Jun 30, 2018 Angie rated it really liked it Race Identity Art Money Race Class Gentrification Sex These are the central themes of Restoration Heights The search for a missing person is an excuse for the plot, but almost a side issue Everyone around Reddick is trying to talk him out of looking for Hannah, who seems to be missing But no one else is concerned So why is he He didn t know her, just met her the night she disappeared I started reading this expecting a mystery, and with that expectation, the plot really dragged But Race Identity Art Money Race Class Gentrification Sex These are the central themes of Restoration Heights The search for a missing person is an excuse for the plot, but almost a side issue Everyone around Reddick is trying to talk him out of looking for Hannah, who seems to be missing But no one else is concerned So why is he He didn t know her, just met her the night she disappeared I started reading this expecting a mystery, and with that expectation, the plot really dragged But once I switched mindsets to focus on the background of gentrification and race, and stopped expecting action or clues, I sank deep into the storyline, enjoying it a great deal It s a really interesting read I imagine it will be good group discussion fodder Meanwhile I ll continue to hmmmm about it for a few daysI got a copy to review from Net Galley flag Like see review Jan 18, 2019 Kathleen Gray rated it really liked it review of another edition This is a touchy one It s a well written meditation on class and race cloaked in a mystery tail Reddick, a young white artist, is determined to find Hannah, the privileged daughter of one of his clients, because he believes he was the last person to see her before she disappeared Reddick is a slacker, for want of a better word, who has not lived up to his abilities but is instead hanging the art of others and playing basketball His commentary on the gentrification of Bed Stuy, while specific This is a touchy one It s a well written meditation on class and race cloaked in a mystery tail Reddick, a young white artist, is determined to find Hannah, the privileged daughter of one of his clients, because he believes he was the last person to see her before she disappeared Reddick is a slacker, for want of a better word, who has not lived up to his abilities but is instead hanging the art of others and playing basketball His commentary on the gentrification of Bed Stuy, while specific to some of the cliches of the area, could actually fit many urban communities You ll find yourself rooting for him in spots and tut tutting in others Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC Recommend for fans of literary mysteries flag Like see review Jan 14, 2019 Stella rated it it was ok review of another edition Restoration Heights is the story of Reddick, an artist turned amateur detective in Brooklyn While the central mystery of this story is somewhat interesting, this is the story of gentrification in modern day Brooklyn.As someone who lives in a neighborhood of Brooklyn that still has some of it s original charm despite the shadows of high rises, I understand the anger and frustration.This is a good read for someone looking for a mystery and who doesn t quite understand the corporate greed Restoration Heights is the story of Reddick, an artist turned amateur detective in Brooklyn While the central mystery of this story is somewhat interesting, this is the story of gentrification in modern day Brooklyn.As someone who lives in a neighborhood of Brooklyn that still has some of it s original charm despite the shadows of high rises, I understand the anger and frustration.This is a good read for someone looking for a mystery and who doesn t quite understand the corporate greed surrounding New York and it s true New Yorkers.Thanks to NetGalley and it s publishers for the opportunity to read and review this book flag Like see review Nov 16, 2018 Susan Krich rated it really liked it This book was given to me through.It is filled with a lot of perhaps or maybe The action is slow moving because there seems to be a lot of fill in paragraphs or descriptions that slow down the pace of your reading.It took me longer to read this book because the action scenes were not such that you had to read just one page.Keeping in mind that different readers have their own preferences, I was going to give this book three stars but the ending is so good it deserves four flag Like see review Jan 26, 2019 Bradley rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves year 2019 This book comes at the right time considering the current political culture in the United States It s dives into the intersection of race, economics, privilege as the narrator is hired by a wealthy family to find a missing girl This book should make you think about gentrification and community long after the final page is read flag Like see review Jan 14, 2019 Annarella rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves edelweiss, fiction, mystery I m in two minds about this book on one side it s a well written, full of interesting topics like gentrification and social classes, on the other side it should be a mystery but that s the weakest part.It was interesting even if a bit slow.I think it can be appreciated by people interested in social issues.Many thanks to Hanover Square Press and Edelweiss for this ARC flag Like see review Jan 22, 2019 Aida Alberto rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves aida s books reviewed I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and all opinions are my own.Taut and Edge of your seat reading You just have to keep reading to find out what s going on Prepare to be as engrossed as I was Definitely pick this up if you want to read a well written thriller Happy reading Restoration Heights NetGalley flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Librari Removing primary edition 4 24 Jan 04, 2019 03 45AM Librari Cover not up to date 8 232 Dec 15, 2018 04 58AM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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    1. 3.5 stars Thanks to NetGalley and Hanover Square Press for allowing me to read and review this ARC Publication Feb 1, 2019 Hannah is missing Reddick was the last one to see her This sits very heavy on his heart and mind It consumes him They are virtually strangers He has let his own faltering career decline, he loses his job, he begins to lose friends He is consumed with the disappearance of Hannah He must find her Is she buried under the new urban high rise being built Just who is t 3.5 stars T [...]


    2. A compelling mystery peppered with a generous amount of social issues and art This was a well crafted debut that really dissected the social issues impacting New York City Full disclosure I do not live in New York, I have never been to New York, I probably will never go to New York, I live on the other side of the country in good old southern California where we have our own set of issues obviously we have a lot of the same social and racial issues, we are also a melting pot, however the A compe [...]



    3. Restoration Heights is a mystery novel that is of interest to anyone who has ever wanted to help someone In his debut mystery novel Wil Medearis introduces us to Reddick, a young white artist turned detective in a historical black Brooklyn neighbourhood Reddick s imagination leads him in many directions when he decides against everyone s advice to help a young woman he believes has been kidnapped and possibly murdered.Reddick is an unfulfilled artist who works crating and moving other people s R [...]


    4. This was a hard book for me to get through because I just couldn t get into it I appreciated the narrative on race relations and Reddick s relationship to the city and the mystery was sort of interesting, but it felt like two completely different stories I would forget what was happening with the mystery while I was slogging through something like Reddick playing basketball Also, I ve never been to New York City and it felt like some things relied heavily on having some sort of background kno Th [...]


    5. Reddick worked as an art handler and spent his free time playing basketball at the Y, ignored his own painting career On a winter s night in his Brooklyn neighborhood Bedford Stuyvesan, a young blond woman, drunk, followed Reddick into an alley and invited him to kiss her He declined, offering instead to get her a ride home Before he could call a car, she disappeared into his apartment building, apparently returning to a party that she d momentarily escaped The next day, he mined the story f Red [...]


    6. For the past ten years there have been many novels written about the encroaching gentrification of formerly run down New York neighborhoods, with varying results Mostly they concern residents who were holdovers from an earlier day when the area rents were affordable, and their efforts to hold onto their homes, realizing their days under rent control were numbered and they d be hard put to find a new place Wil Medaris has kicked it up a notch by throwing in a mystery Reddick, his protagonist w Fo [...]


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