'Beautiful, brilliant and strangely joyous ... will have you in its thrall from its powerful first page to its superb conclusion.' Rose Carlyle, author of Girl in the Mirror
'Addictive and utterly captivating. I couldn't put it down.' Sarah Bailey, author of Where the Dead Go
'This astonishing debut turns the traditional crime story on its head ... Darkly funny, deeply insightful and completely heartbreaking.' Petronella McGovern, author of Six Minutes
'The most wonderful book. Unusual, beautiful, feminist, gripping, deserves to win prizes. I loved it so much'. Marian Keyes, author of Grown Ups
This is not just another novel about a dead girl.
When she arrived in New York on her 18th birthday carrying nothing but $600 cash and a stolen camera, Alice Lee was looking for a fresh start. Now, just one month later, she is the city's latest Jane Doe, an unidentified murder victim.
Ruby Jones is also trying to start over; she travelled halfway around the world only to find herself lonelier than ever. Until she finds Alice's body by the Hudson River.
From this first, devastating encounter, the two women form an unbreakable bond. Alice is sure that Ruby is the key to solving the mystery of her life - and death. And Ruby - struggling to forget what she saw that morning - finds herself unable to let Alice go. Not until she is given the ending she deserves.
Before You Knew My Name doesn't ask whodunnit. Instead, this powerful, hopeful novel asks: Who was she? And what did she leave behind? The answers might surprise you.
'A wake-up call, beautifully written and unique feminist exploration of the crime fiction genre.' R.W.R. McDonald, author of The Nancys
'Unpredictable, devastating and original ... marks the arrival of a compelling new voice ... Thought-provoking and challenging.' Karen Viggers, author of The Lightkeeper's Wife
'Beguiling, heartbreaking and tender. Jacqueline Bublitz is a beautiful writer and in Alice Lee, she has created a vivid and sparkling narrator who mesmerised me from the very first page and still won't let me go.' Suzanne Leal, author of The Teacher's Secret
'An unputdownable debut - striking, moving, gripping throughout and so sharp on the things that unite us' Elizabeth Kay, author of Seven Lies
Before you knew my name is a deeply moving book about two women whose lives have intersected. One Alive. One Dead.
One woman moving to NY in the hopes of being famous. One running away from her life in Australia.
The media wants to know who killed Jane Doe. You will want to know who was Jane Doe? - Jessica (QBD)
A whirlwind of emotions and a beautifully haunting story of a young womans hidden past. Ruby is an investigator tied to the case, a spiral of secrets unlocked and the mystery of the Jane Doe unravels through Ruby's eyes. This is THE crime novel of the year and you will not be able to put this down! 5 stars all the way! - Jacqueline (QBD)
"There is a girl who died today and Ruby doesn't even know her name"
An emotionally gripping and raw debut novel that takes the crime genre and flips it on its head.
Right from the very first page I was so emotionally invested in finding out, not what happened to her, but who was Jane Doe really?
This is the kind of book that will stay with you long after you've read the last page. 5 stars! - Tayla (QBD)
A moving and timely book that explores female agency and the devasting effects of male violence. Confronting and heartbreaking, but also a beautiful testament to friendship. - Jessalyn (QBD)
A young girl runs away to New York, where she is raped and murdered by a face-less man. the police must find who did the crime and why. But what seperates this book from the rest is that it is told from the dead girl. But what seperates this book from the rest is that it is told from the dead girl. instead of asking yourself "who did it?" you know start to ask yourslef "Who was she?". - Holly (QBD)
It's true: This is not just another book about a dead girl. Bublitz has crafted an unputdownable debut, with vivid and relatable characters and a narrative that gripped me from page one and refused to let go. Unpredictable, original and devastating, this is a story that lingers with you long after it ends. You think you know crime fiction? You've never read anything like this before. - Natalie (QBD)
A stunning novel about two women - one murdered and the other who discovered the body. Combining feminism, mystery, betrayal and love, the author has seamlessly crafted a masterpeice. I adored every part of this novel. - Tricia (QBD)
If you loved The Lovely Bones and you are a fan of crime fiction, then this book is for you. Alice and Ruby are two lost souls searching for answers in New York. Unfortunately life does not always go to plan and these two characters become entwined with each other under the mosthorrible circumstances. With a beautiful cover, readers will find this book hard to put down. - Julie (QBD)
Alice Lee has crafted an original, unpredictable and breathtaking take on the crime genre with 'Before You Knew My Name'. An unputdownable debut with a vivid and relatable narrator, this book grabbed me from the very first page and refused to let go. You think you've read it all in the crime genre? Well you've never read anything like this before. There's a reason this book won Book of the Year! - Natalie (QBD)
An incredible story of two young women living similar lives in New York. When one of them is murdered and the other finds her body, she seeks to learn all she can about her life & death. A gripping novel that seeks an answer as to why humans are obsessed with stories of murder & murderers, recentring the victim in her own story. - Kiani (QBD)
There is a reason this is BOTY. Before you knew my name follows Alice and Ruby who move to NY City to make a fresh start.
A month after the move, Alice is brutally murdered and Ruby is the one that discovers her body.
Sounds likes a usual crime novel but it's not. This is told by the dead girl and the jogger that found her. Instead of asking "who did it?"
Ask "who was she?". - Vanessa (QBD)
An incredibly poignant and compelling novel, Before You Knew My Name is not just another book about a dead girl.
Fans of Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones are sure to be moved by this powerful novel as it weaves a story focusing not on what she was doing, or wearing, but who she was. But how can one do that when she came to the city under false name?
This debut novel packs an emotional punch. - Erin (QBD)
In the vein of a classic whodunnit and for fans of THE LOVELY BONES, Jacqueline Bublitz's stunning debut novel BEFORE YOU KNEW MY NAME is an unususal, startling, and powerful story about a dead girl desperate for answers, the woman who finds her body, and the relationship that forms between them. A gripping feminist tale with an important message, this one is not to be missed. - Joshua (QBD)