ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- On her 18th birthday, Alice arrives in New York. She has a few changes of clothes, a small amount of money, a stolen Leica, the address for a possibly dodgy flatshare and no real plans except to start life all over again. On the same day, Ruby Jones from Melbourne also arrives. She's 36, nursing a broken heart and has no idea either as to what she wants, except to try being someone different in someplace new. A few eventful weeks later, Alice is dead, and it's Ruby who finds her body... Shaken by the experience, and strangely drawn to the anonymous girl, Ruby finds herself invited to join a group who have all experienced different but dreadful losses. Told from the perspective of both Alice and Ruby, this is an absorbing don't-want-to-put-it-down novel, full of thoughtful observations and vivid characters. Thoroughly satisfying! Lindy
'Beautiful, brilliant and strangely joyous will have you in its thrall ... from its powerful first page to its superb conclusion.' Rose Carlyle, author of Girl in the Mirror
'Addictive and utterly captivating. I couldn't put it down.' Sarah Bailey, author of Where the Dead Go
'This astonishing debut turns the traditional crime story on its head ... Darkly funny, deeply insightful and completely heartbreaking.' Petronella McGovern, author of Six Minutes
'The most wonderful book. Unusual, beautiful, feminist, gripping, deserves to win prizes. I loved it so much'. Marian Keyes, author of Grown Ups
This is not just another novel about a dead girl. 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.
Before You Knew My Name doesn't ask whodunnit. Instead, this powerful, hopeful novel asks: Who was she? And what did she leave behind? The answers might surprise you.
'A wake-up call, beautifully written and unique feminist exploration of the crime fiction genre.' R.W.R. McDonald, author of The Nancys
'Unpredictable, devastating and original ... marks the arrival of a compelling new voice ... Thought-provoking and challenging.' Karen Viggers, author of The Lightkeeper's Wife
'Beguiling, heartbreaking and tender. Jacqueline Bublitz is a beautiful writer and in Alice Lee, she has created a vivid and sparkling narrator who mesmerised me from the very first page and still won't let me go.' Suzanne Leal, author of The Teacher's Secret
'An unputdownable debut - striking, moving, gripping throughout and so sharp on the things that unite us' Elizabeth Kay, author of Seven Lies