Hi, my name is Alice, and I was murdered in New York City. Just as my life was about to begin, it was ended. And now I need the woman who found me on the cold bank of the river to catch the person who stole my life.
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, an unidentified murder victim.
Ruby Jones is also trying to start over; she’s traveled halfway around the world only to find herself lonelier than ever. Until she finds Alice’s body by the Hudson River.
Heartbreaking and beautiful, Before You Knew My Name doesn’t just wonder whodunnit—it also asks who was she? And what did she leave behind?
“The most wonderful book. Unusual, beautiful, feminist, gripping, deserves to win prizes. I loved it so much.” —Marian Keyes, internationally bestselling author of Grown-Ups
“A brave and timely novel which will fuel the debate on women’s rights to walk safely through our streets. I raced through the pages, anxious for resolution, yet at the same time not wanting this beautiful writing to finish.” —Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go
“Fiercely topical and full of compassion, Before You Knew My Name starts where many thrillers and news stories do: the murder of a young woman. But instead of a hunt for the killer, this novel explores the personhood of the victim—who she was, what she loved, all the years that were stolen from her. It’s a story about female agency and value in the face of male violence, and also about resilience, about memory, about how love adapts and survives.” —Julie Cohen, author of Together
“I was mesmerized by this exquisitely written, heartbreaking, lyrical story of friendship from beyond the grave.” —Jane Corry, author of My Husband’s Wife
“A really remarkable book—so fresh and original. I’ve never read anything quite like this.” —Laura Barnett, author of The Versions of Us
Jacqueline 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. Find out more at JacquelineBublitz.com.