Before You Knew My Name by Jacqueline Bublitz


  • Harry Hartog Miranda
    Temporarily Closed due to Lockdown.

Wow! What an extraordinary debut, I was hooked from the very beginning. The story follows two women - Alice and Ruby - who arrive in NYC on the same day, both fleeing toxic relationships. Their lives become entwined when Ruby discovers Alice's body whilst jogging one morning. The novel is narratedby Alice, whose spirit lingers after her death and turns the tradition 'whodunnit' narrative on its head. Instead of profiling and catching the killer, the book instead asks 'who was she?' giving us a chance to consider the life attached to a body found by the river. She becomes more than a Jane Doe, a news headline quickly forgotten, particularly for the woman who find her. Ultimately a story about life, not death, this is a book I am sure to be talking about for a long time to come. Simone