Before You Knew My Name by Jacqueline Bublitz

Before You Knew My Name
.ePUB, 266 pages
Expected Publication: 01 Nov 2022
By: Atria Books / Emily Bestler Books

About The Book:
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.

My Review:
This story was utterly unique and totally gripping. Told from the point of view of a dead girl and the jogger who finds her Before You Knew My Name is timely and heartbreaking in equal measure. The descriptive writing is so beautiful that it makes the city of New York a character in and of itself. Bublitz writes two very complex characters and the character development was just perfect. I really cared about both Alice and Ruby and their lives before leaving for New York weren't the greatest. What I especially liked about this book and what I found so very different from the usual "dead girl" story was the fact that the mystery of whodunit isn't the main focus of the book but rather the timely topics of violence against women and how very different it is (for the better) for missing middle-class white girls. What a wonderful book with great character exploration, a compelling story, and a marvelous debut. All. The. Stars.

Many thanks to NetGalley, Jacqueline Bublitz, and Atria Books/Emily Bestler Books for the giving of the ARC.

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