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.
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.
An unputdownable debut - striking, moving, gripping throughout and so sharp on the things that unite us.
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.
Heart-breaking yet rewarding . . . fans of The Lovely Bones will enjoy this story.
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.
I was mesmerised by this exquisitely written, heartbreaking, lyrical story of friendship from beyond the grave.
A really remarkable book - so fresh and original. I've never read anything quite like this.
All the suspense and tension we expect from crime fiction - but with complex characters and themes that linger for longer.
Jacqueline Bublitz snatches back the power, giving voice to those whose stories deserve to be told. It is powerful, beautiful. I loved it.
A brilliantly powerful read, Before You Knew My Name is an astonishing debut.
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.
Full of raw poignancy, explored through the author's expressive mastery of language.
An exquisitely written, absolutely devastating novel, which gives a voice to all the women who never made it home.
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
An extraordinary and hypnotic read that has stayed with me months after reading.
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.
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.
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.
The most wonderful book. Unusual, beautiful, feminist, gripping, deserves to win prizes. I loved it so much.