Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Before You Knew My Name by Jacqueline Bublitz

About the book: 

This is not just another novel about a dead girl. Two women—one alive, one dead—are brought together in the dark underbelly of New York City to solve a tragic murder.

When she arrived in New York on her eighteenth 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. She may be dead but that doesn’t mean her story is over.

Meanwhile, Ruby Jones is also trying to reinvent herself. After travelling halfway around the world, she’s lonelier than ever in the Big Apple. Until she stumbles upon a woman’s body by the Hudson River, and suddenly finds herself unbreakably tied to the unknown dead woman.

Alice is sure Ruby is the key to solving the mystery of her short life and tragic death. Ruby just wants to forget what she saw…but she can’t seem to stop thinking about the young woman she found. If she keeps looking, can she give this unidentified Jane Doe the ending and closure she deserves?

A “heartbreaking, beautiful, and hugely important novel” (Rosie Walsh, New York Times bestselling author), Before You Knew My Name doesn’t just wonder whodunnit—it also asks who was she? And what did she leave behind?


 In a New York Minute… Everything can change… in a New York Minute… ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŽถ I don’t usually run ๐Ÿƒ‍♀️ right out and write my review as soon as I finish a book… but OMG I had to tell SOMEONE… meaning you all.. ๐Ÿ˜‰ how much I LOVED this book!! ❤️ Thank you @atriabooks for my gorgeous gifted copy!!๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ

She’s dead…we know it…brutally murdered..in a very public spot..in New York City…yet nobody saw a thing… it happened that quick…her name is Jane… River Jane… Jane Doe… to the media, the police ๐Ÿ‘ฎ‍♀️…the person that found her body..but someone out there knows her name. ๐Ÿ˜ข

My heart is shattered in a million pieces.. this is heartbreaking ๐Ÿ’” but an absolutely phenomenal debut. As the book description states… this is not just another book about a dead girl.. ๐Ÿ‘ฑ‍♀️let me tell you why.. THIS is what sets it apart…

We know right from first sentence.. Alice Lee is dead.. murdered…left in the rain ☔️ for a jogger ๐Ÿƒ‍♀️ to find her body… the jogger’s name is Ruby.. okay sounds like your normal sad but true story right? Except this entire story is told by the dead girl..๐Ÿ˜ณ… Yes this is Alice Lee’s story to tell.. from her POV… after her murder..๐Ÿ˜ง๐Ÿฅบ

Everything was absolutely brilliant about this book! I can’t believe this is a debut! It is such an incredibly original take on a sadly common occurrence. The title alone should have you curious.. think about it.. these victims all have names.. the bodies that have yet to be indentified… and someone knows their name.

Oh Alice Lee you broke my heart..❤️.. Moving to NYC .. making your dreams come true.. then someone took it all away from you.. ๐Ÿ‘ฑ‍♀️๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ˜ญ

Guys this book is amazing! It is out in the US November 1st! Published by Emily Bestler Books❤️ @atriabooks

❤️❤️ I gave this 5 stars ⭐️ if you didn’t guess that by now…๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜˜

❤️❤️❤️ Is this book on your list? Have you read it? I know I will never forget this book. For so many reasons.. it makes you think… what is a book that just blew you away and will not leave your mind? ❤️❤️❤️

Jacqueline ‘Rock’ Bublitz is a writer, feminist, and arachnophobe, who lives between Melbourne, Australia and her hometown on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island.

She wrote her debut novel Before You Knew My Name after spending a summer in New York, where she hung around morgues and the dark corners of city parks (and the human psyche) far too often.

She is now working on her second novel, where she continues to explore the grand themes of love, loss and connection.

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