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Before You Knew My Name (edició 2021)

de Jacqueline Bublitz (Autor)

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An extraordinary, unputdownable debut novel exploring trauma, connection, and our cultural obsession with dead girls.
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Another novel I've started a few times but haven't persisted, but what with its rave reviews, I do intend to return to one day. ( )
  Okies | Apr 18, 2022 |
This was such a beautifully written story about Alice Lee, the eighteen year old, who was brutally murdered early one morning, in New York City. And how Ruby, a woman, who comes to the city, to escape a man who she has had an affair with, becomes entangled with Alice's murder, and the thought of it being unsolved. How Ruby must find who did it, for Alice.
I couldn't put this story down for very long, because it caught me up, and and put me through such a variety of emotions. I loved it, and wanted so much for Alice's killer to pay. ( )
  deaflower | Jan 16, 2022 |
This fucking book, my god, so good. I finished it in a day and I have all the feelings. This is THE feminist book of the year, I'm not taking questions. It's not your usual murder mystery, it's kinda like a feminist retelling of the 'pretty dead white girl syndrome' - where the girls are put on trial for whether they are the right kind of victims to feel sorry and then forgotten when the narrative of the men who killed them take over. It follows the story of an 18 year old, Alice Lee, who was murdered and how her life, pre and post death, intertwines with Ruby's. The writing is exquisite; I kept taking photos of pages that just made me oof. For example this line about how women have to manage men's attraction to them: "Safety comes from moving with the current until you are free of it, and then, only then, can you turn and swim like hell for the shore." It is so insightful and raw and both heartbreaking and empowering at the same time. The characters are all really endearing and the little friendship group Ruby found while grieving Alice is so precious. "I've come to think that intensity, not time, is what connects us." READ THIS. Also bonus: author is Melbournian ( )
  altricial | Dec 17, 2021 |
The murder of 18 year old Alice Lee impacts many others around her. Tracing her final moments as well as the events that follow, this novel challenges our true-crime obsessed citizens to think beyond the sensationalism and assumptions, and focus on what could have been. ( )
  Amzzz | Nov 18, 2021 |
It was the beautiful front cover of this novel that first caught my attention then, when I went onto GoodReads and read all the positive reviews, I discovered that "Before You Knew My Name" was narrated by a dead girl. Alice tells not only her own story and Ruby's, so I decided to give it a try. About halfway through I was wondering what all the fuss was about and had decided to finish the chapter I was on before giving up and reading something else. Then Alice was murdered and it was Ruby who found her body by the Hudson River.

Suddenly things changed. The plot quickened, the tension intensified and Ruby and Alice's lives became closely entwined. As the media gravitated towards the tragedy thriving on Alice's death, Ruby started to feel protective of Alice and wanted to help solve her crime. At the same time, Alice refused to be another nameless victim of a predatory male. She was determined to make sure her story was told and her name was not forgotten. She refused to be remembered as just another Jane Doe.

Despite the slow start, I am glad I persisted because I really came to care about the main characters in this novel. They were all believable and relatable, and I loved how Lennie, Sue and Josh, members of the Death Club, welcomed Ruby with open arms. However, my favourite character was Noah, the elderly gentleman who gave Alice a safe place to stay when she first arrived in New York. He was the only male in the story who was completely innocent.

Beautifully written and thought-provoking, "Before You Knew My Name" brought to the forefront the perils that women around the world face every day. It highlighted the impact of discovering a murder victim and reminded the reader of the possibilities a victim loses at the hands of a killer. It was a powerful debut and a poignant story of life, death, loss and connections. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Nov 14, 2021 |
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