Napier Courier - 2021-10-13


Much more than another mystery


BeforeYouKnewMyName ByJacqueline Bublitz, Allen& Unwin, $3.99 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. I thought this was just another murder mystery with the cops looking for clues. Boy was I wrong. This is an extraordinary debut novel byNew Zealander Bublitz, set in NewYork andwith a dark feel. Some of it is told by the victim, 18-year-old Alice, who arrives in the Big Apple on the bus with $600 and a stolen camera, and a back story that is alarming. Thewomanwho discovers her body, Ruby, the archetypal jogger, is an Australian whohas fled a bad relationship with an almost-married manat home. She struggles with howthe discovery has affected her, and eventually joins aDeath Club— a group of oddballs whomeet at bars to discuss death and dying. The connection between Alice and Ruby will eventually solve her murder, but meanwhile enjoy the most superb writing. Lyrical, almost poetic, with characters you’ll grow to love in their oddness. ThisNewPlymouthwriter has a stunning talent. — LindaThompson


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