Michal Hartstein, Writer

My name is Michal Hartstein and I am an Israeli writer.

Writing is my passion since I became a mother in 2006.

Most of the week I work as a controller (I am an Israeli CPA), on my weekends I write.

I like to write about middle-class women in Israel, who faces a daily reality like all women in the world in addition to the sometimes harsh reality we have here in Israel.




Sharon Moskovitz is living the dream. She is a lawyer, mother of two beautiful daughters and happily married to Itay, a high-ranking electronics engineer... but something is missing in her life. Her happiness does not feel real, and her peaceful life in an affluent Tel Aviv suburb feels like an illusion. Her search for new thrills leads her to the world of online chat, and to an unbridled addiction she cannot control.
She goes on a crazy emotional journey of self-discovery, during which she is torn between her love for her husband - the father of her children - her religious upbringing, which forbids adultery, and the desperate want to fulfill her secret desires. Will she find her true love? Does she fulfill her own desires? The answers surprise even her.

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Rose wakes up two weeks after her sixteenth birthday in a hospital. She doesn't remember anything from her past or the circumstances that brought her there. Her family and friends surround her with love, helping her to recover and return to her life. But, for Rose, life has begun at the age of sixteen; she doesn't remember her childhood, her parents, nor David, her childhood sweetheart.
The years pass. Rose lives a life no different from that of thousands of other women. The choices she makes at different junctures in her life affect her and those around her. She experiences moments of crisis and success, joy and sadness.
Sixteen years after she loses her memory, her life is subjected to a surprising twist, which makes her think again about the choices she made in her life.


On a blooming May morning, five bodies of a single religious family are found in their apartment, in the quiet suburb of Givat Shmuel (Shmuel's Hill). Detective Hadas Levinger, a daughter of a religious family who renegaded and turned atheist, is put in charge of the police investigation. Slowly and skillfully she peels the shells protecting this unique community and reveals hard to digest secrets.


On a blooming May morning, five bodies of a single religious family are found in their apartment, in the quiet suburb of Givat Shmuel (Shmuel's Hill). Detective Hadas Levinger, a daughter of a religious family who renegaded and turned atheist, is put in charge of the police investigation. Slowly and skillfully she peels the shells protecting this unique community and reveals hard to digest secrets.


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Loved this book, I can relate extremely well to the life style that is described.

I too had a husband whose primary interest was his business and very little interest in our children. I found myself in charge of everything and it was very upsetting. After almost twenty years of marriage I wanted out. There was no relationship and very little communication.

Never chose to marry again.

It was hard for me to put this book down...it flowed so nicely and the subject was very interesting to me. I also enjoyed reading about the Israeli culture and how similar they are to Americans and our culture. I even found some of the neighborhoods on Google maps that were mentioned in the book just to see what they looked like. There was a moral to the story ... a neglected wife is an unhappy wife. Life is too short - we all deserve to be happy!

Amazon reviewer

Loved this story

I enjoyed reading this book. It was nice reading a story based in Israel. I didn't have much knowledge of daily life for middle class families before reading this book.

Wow. This book was very surprising in its gritty realism. The main character, Rose, begins the book waking up from a coma, losing all of her memories, having to remake them from the age of sixteen. As things go, life develops, as it does, and then a twist happens, allowing her to do things over, as it were. The author does a fantastic job with making the reader keep wondering what was happening, and she describes the interactions between all the characters with perfection. This book is by far a must-read, and for a free Kindle book I was more than pleasantly surprised. I look forward to whatever more this author offers.

I cannot praise this book enough! An amazing story as well as unique, well written to boot. I can't believe the hatred I had towards Roses first 32 years, she was greedy, negative, envious and just about every imaginable negative thing in the world. When she woke up for her second 16th birthday you knew she would make some changes but you never knew how they would pan out. As a child free by choice woman I got to admit that I found a lot of similarities with Rose and enjoyed that aspect of her story

One book worth reading

I loved the book. Beautifully written and a unexpected twist to the tale.

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!

I'd never read a book set in modern day Israel before, and that's part of what made it so interesting. Reading this book showed me that I knew precious little about Isreal and her people. The plot was excellent, and the protagonist, Hadas, was all too human and likable. The ending was a bit of a surprise, but then many mysteries do have surprise endings. I look forward to reading the next one in the series.

This turned out to have an interesting story line with insights into a culture that I, as an American, am not familiar with. Very well written with a bit of humor and an evolving plot. I recommend it!

I enjoyed Hill of Secrets, the first book in this series. I enjoyed this one more.

The author has an interesting use of language different than the Austrailian authors I have been reading lately. It has a certain lilt that I had to reread more than once. The story was so good that I was willing to overlook that.

The story moved quickly and kept me changing my mind about who was the "bad guy". Until I got to the very end, I didn't know the truth.

I will be watching for the next book in the series. You owe it to yourself to enjoy this excellent book.

I started following Michal Hartstein a few years ago after I visited Israel as I was curious as to what it was like to live there as a middle class person, what kinds of jobs did people, especially women have, etc. The first book about Police Inspector Hadas Levinger was very good and I was happy to hear that a second book is out and it did not disappoint. This time, the author calls on her own education and experience as an accountant to weave this into the story and no, don't think that it gets dull because it does not. This is a fast paced story with twists and turns and left me thinking, "Aha, that's how it happened!" Now I'm looking forward to more books by Michal Hartstein.

I always like a mystery and this is a good one. The bible states that "The love of money is the root of all evil." The lives that are enter twined in this story provide a good look at how seeming unrelated people can be related in a mystery


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