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Before You Knew My Name Kindle Edition
The most wonderful book. Unusual, beautiful, feminist, gripping, deserves to win prizes. I loved it so much. -- Marian Keyes
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
A really remarkable book - so fresh and original. I've never read anything quite like this. -- Laura Barnett, author of The Versions of Us
All the suspense and tension we expect from crime fiction - but with complex characters and themes that linger for longer. ― Guardian
I fell head over heels in love with this heartbreaking, beautiful and hugely important novel. Jacqueline Bublitz's prose is luminous and the up-all-night, just-one-more-page plot is brilliantly clever and original. Everyone should read this book. -- Rosie Walsh, author of The Man Who Didn’t Call
Stood out among the many thrillers because it focuses on the victim and her life rather than her killer, with echoes of The Lovely Bones ― Good Housekeeping
I was mesmerised by this exquisitely written, heartbreaking, lyrical story of friendship from beyond the grave. -- Jane Corry, author of My Husband's Wife
An extraordinary and hypnotic read that has stayed with me months after reading. -- Nina Potell, Prima
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
A brilliantly powerful read, Before You Knew My Name is an astonishing debut. -- Lucy Mangan, journalist
Devastating but beautiful... gives a voice to all the women who never made it home. The writing is exquisite and rarely has a story seemed so prescient of the here and now. -- Sarra Manning, journalist
Exquisitely composed, with a muscular feminist sensibility, Before You Knew My Name is both elegiac and rhapsodic in its examination of the deaths - and lives - of women. -- Jessica Moor, author of Keeper
An unputdownable debut - striking, moving, gripping throughout and so sharp on the things that unite us. -- Elizabeth Kay, author of Seven Lies
I absolutely relished this clever, original and moving novel. Jacqueline Bublitz is a fantastically adept writer, creating a wonderful cast of characters and a hugely engaging portrait of city life. -- Nell Frizzell, author of The Panic Years
Jacqueline Bublitz snatches back the power, giving voice to those whose stories deserve to be told. It is powerful, beautiful. I loved it. -- Kate Sawyer, author of The Stranding
Feminist, fierce, beautiful and urgent with a story that NEEDS to be told. I read parts with my heart breaking and parts that could have been ripped from my own soul. It made me feel seen. -- Bethany Clift, author of Last One At The Party
An astounding debut novel that every woman will feel in their bones. At last, a whodunnit, where the victim is the front and centre of the story. Beautifully written, real, feminist and properly haunting, it deserves all the awards. -- Lizzy Dent, author of The Summer Job --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B08VHWWTGT
- Publisher : Allen & Unwin (4 May 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 3989 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 262 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 146 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Two young women, from opposite sides of the world, have no idea how much they have in common. Nor do they realise that their paths will soon cross in a random, chance meeting that will bind them tightly together and alter the course of their lives forevermore.
Alice Lee, who lives in the Northern US state of Wisconsin has just turned eighteen years of age and is devastated at the sudden break up of her relationship with her secret lover.
She needs to leave, so without too much thought, Alice quickly packs her meagre belongings into her small bag, grabs the six hundred dollars cash that her lover once offered her…and flees his house, briefly returning to grab his beloved old camera.
With nowhere to go, she decides to buy a ticket to New York…she remembers her late mother’s stories about New York and how wonderful it was.
A budding young photographer, Alice plans to start over and hone her camera skills to try and make a living there.
Ruby Jones lives in Melbourne Australia, and at the age of thirty six has decided she has had enough of waiting for her lover to change his mind and choose her.
In a moment of lucid thought she decides to pack her bags and leave it all behind…make a new start, somewhere he can’t find her so easily.
Ruby buys a plane ticket to New York and makes a reservation online for a bedsit room in the city. She has made no other plans, she just needs to get away and try to start over.
Both girls arrive in New York on the same day and set about finding their way to a new life, nobody at home knows that they have left.
As the story unfolds you can see how each of the characters plays a crucial part in influencing the way events transpire, whether directly or indirectly, and makes for such a compelling read…like dominoes being set up.
There are a lot of quietly subtle, and yet intensely profound observations to note whilst reading. Definitely a thought provoking read.
The backstory is quite long and detailed and as interesting as it was, I floundered for a bit because *I struggled to stay focussed knowing that there was a lot more yet to come. I’m so glad I hung in there though because it is all relevant information and a necessary build to what is to come.
The author, Jacqueline Bublitz has done an amazing job at building these complex set of characters and circumstances that all have key parts to play in this unfolding drama.
This is a very good story, very considered and thorough in its compilation and assembly.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and highly recommended it for lovers of a well thought out story with a great plot and credible characters.
I look forward to reading more from this author.
*I think, maybe the cover blurb gave away a bit too much so that I was trying to rush through the beginning in order to find out what happens next…don’t make that mistake, absorb it all from cover to cover, you won’t be disappointed.
A favourite quote:
“Sorrow, she is learning, can be as quiet as a whisper.”
I finished this book a couple of weeks ago, and it has stayed with me, popping into my head at unexpected moments. The themes are so relevant to this time we live in, and explores topics that women in particular have lived with their entire lives.
Wow.. so many life lessons and mysteries to discuss. Took me less than three day’s to finish.. waiting.. impatiently.. for my girls to catch up.
Top reviews from other countries
It had its humorous moments, which you'd not expect, along with the expected sad incidents that were upsetting, too. It was nice (though shocking) that English spellings were used when we were based in America as well.
My favourite character was Noah.....I want to know this man !! It's rare someone creates somebody so very likeable and kind and he's just my sort of person. We all need a Noah in our lives. It was mainly the latter passages featuring him that had me sobbing. One simple word that Alice uttered in a phonecall also did for me.....I was pleased I was reading alone as the tears streamed down my face.....
And for me, which is always a massive bonus, there weren't many mistakes. She did write Malborough lights when it should be Malboro Lights and ticks not tics then softy not softly and Dewy Decimal System and not Dewey. I spotted one misplaced comma and a missing question mark but that was it. There was one line she used twice that totally threw me as well. I just didn't understand it, however many times I re-read it, even trying it out loud: "It isn't always, only ever, bad"....I just don't get it !!
I have to point out here (cos' I was THAT proud of myself) that I spotted Alice's first clue she left for Ruby.....and I never normally spot anything too pertinent !! I am writing this review and playing 'Try a Little Tenderness' in the background as I complete it since it was referenced, very appropriately. I usually associate that tune with Ducky in Pretty In Pink as a rule but now I'll always remember Alice as well when I hear it....
So I highly recommend you give this one a go as it is terrific, trust me.
Thirty something Ruby has also run away to New York, leaving Melbourne and a doomed love affair
Alice and Ruby meet, and change each other in ways they could never imagine
I thought this was a great book, a lovely story with some powerful messages about the way society treats and views women
The link between them is fascinating. Highly recommended.