Before You Knew My Name by Jacqueline Bublitz @atriabooks #fiction #bookreview


Winner of Crime Debut and Readers’ Choice Awards—Sisters in Crime

“A brave and timely novel.” —Clare Mackintosh, internationally bestselling author of Hostage

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?


Alice Lee is the Jane Doe found raped and murdered in a very public place. But yet, no one saw a thing! Enter Ruby. Ruby is just trying to find her way and discover exactly what she wants to do with her life. But then she finds Alice’s body. Alice thinks Ruby can solve her murder. But, Ruby wants no part of it!

This novel is so freaking unique! I mean…honestly! One of the characters is dead and is narrating part of the story! Alice’s story is distressing and so sad. And Ruby! She is just struggling to overcome the trauma of finding Alice but it is just not happening.

Now, this is not a book to read quickly, in my opinion. You will miss something and get lost…believe me. I tried! I had to slow myself down and as everyone knows, that is so difficult for me. But, I am so glad I did! This novel is different but it is so heartbreaking and well written you do not want to miss it.

Need a beautiful story which will have you grieving when it is over…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.

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