What Remains of Me – Alison Gaylin

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What Remains of Me – Alison GaylinWhat Remains of Me by Alison Gaylin
Published by William Morrow on February 23, 2016
Genres: Crime, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Pages: 384
Format: Kindle
Source: Edelweiss
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Nobody’s perfect. Everybody’s got a drawer somewhere with something hidden in it.
On June 28, 1980—the hottest night of the year—Kelly Michelle Lund shoots and kills Oscar-nominated director John McFadden at a party in his home. . . . And instantly becomes a media sensation, her chilling smile fodder for national nightmares. For years, speculation swirls over the enigmatic seventeen-year-old’s motives, information she’s refused to share. Convicted of the murder, she loses her youth and her freedom—but keeps her secrets to herself.
Thirty years later—and five years after her release from prison—the past has come back to haunt Kelly. Her father-in-law, movie legend Sterling Marshall, is found in a pool of blood in his home in the Hollywood Hills—dead from a shot to the head, just like his old friend John McFadden.
Once again, Kelly is suspected of the high profile murder. But this time, she’s got some unexpected allies who believe she’s innocent—of both killings—and want to help her clear her name. But is she?


What Remains of Me made me think of what could have been for Marissa on the O.C. I loved me some twisty drama on that show and I could picture the characters at place in that world. A teen party girl on the fringes of Hollywood society, Kelly Lund enters a party and shoots a prominent director three times. Thirty years later she is free and another man, this time a famous actor, is shot in the same manner. Is Kelly up to her old tricks, or is someone setting her up?

I enjoyed the world Alison Gaylin created in What Remains of Me, a glittering eighties Hollywood world of excess countered with a modern Hollywood full of TMZ and bloodthirsty reporters. The plot was unique and I enjoyed the guessing games created. Gaylin’s writing was crisp and each line made sense within the scope of the story. Descriptions were just enough to enable you to picture the scene but not bog down the action. The characters were well thought out and most fit extremely well in the world created. A few side characters seemed placed for no real reason, but they could mostly be overlooked.

I enjoyed the ride Gaylin took me on in What Remains of Me. A nice twisty thriller that kept me guessing what was real and what was imagined till the end. A few things I guessed before the end, but most I did not and I really enjoyed the guessing game created. A dark version of a True Hollywood Story, What Remains of Me played out like one of my favorite soapy nighttime dramas.

Favorite lines – Amazing how many stars you could see out here in the desert, the sky crowded with them like rhinestones on a black velvet shawl, every night here so beautiful it bordered on gaudy. To this day, it was hard for Ruth to wrap her mind around the fact that at this moment, this very same sky was starless in Hollywood, rendered a dull purple from bright lights and automobile emissions. Those same stars that took Ruth’s breath away now had always been out there.

Biggest cliché – As long as I never open up, I’ll be fine.

 Have you read What Remains of Me, or added it to your TBR?

Rating Report
Overall: four-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2016 New Release Challenge
  • Mount TBR Reading Challenge
  • Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
  • The Goodreads Challenge

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Posted February 12, 2016 by Laura in Reviews / 3 Comments

3 responses to “What Remains of Me – Alison Gaylin

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