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Before You Knew My Name: 2022 ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year, 2022 Ngaio Marsh Awards Best First Novel and Best Novel (NZ), and 2022 Sisters in Crime Davitt Awards Debut Crime and Readers’ Choice (AU).

QBD Book of the Year, Good Housekeeping UK Best Books of the Year, Readings Best Crime Books of 2021, New Zealand Listener Best Books of 2021, Prima Best Books of 2021, Longlisted for the Dublin Literary Award 2022, Shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger 2022, Shortlisted for the MUD Literary Prize 2022.

As hopeful and uplifting a book about murder as you’re likely to read.

~ The Sydney Morning Herald

‘An exquisitely written, absolutely devastating novel, which gives a voice to all the women who never made it home.’ ~ Red, UK

‘Full of raw poignancy, explored through the author’s expressive mastery of language.’ ~ Woman’s Weekly, UK

‘A book that never quite goes where you expect – it’s a romance, a crime story, a celebration of New York, a political polemic and a tale of self-discovery and female empowerment. It’s also a real page-turner.’ ~ Stuff, NZ

‘It is such a simple idea, yet this novel is a radical, and long-overdue, commentary on the entire dead girl genre, as well as the true crime culture boom.’ ~ The Spinoff, NZ

‘An extraordinary, smart, bittersweet novel, compelling, infinitely readable.’ ~ The Sydney Morning Herald, AU

‘All the suspense and tension we expect from crime fiction – but with complex characters and themes that linger for longer.’ ~ The Guardian

Before You Knew My Name is not just another novel about a dead girl. Instead, Bublitz flips the lid and lets the ‘dead girl’ tell her own story.’ ~ Women’s Agenda