mystery · suspense · thriller

What Remains of Me – Alison Gaylin ✶✶✶✶

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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?

I have voluntarily reviewed a copy of this story with thanks to Netgalley. I will start by saying that this book took me forever to read and I was going to award it three stars at first. BUT, wow did this book pick up towards the end and I raced through it which is why I awarded four stars instead. What Remains of Me is cleverly written and I would say an average, good story as I personally wasn’t blown away by the story. But the twists and turns and how everything unwinds is very clever indeed and I did not expect any of it! A story that start off dragging for me turned into one I enjoyed! The story is written well, contains short and medium length chapters and flicks from Kelly’s younger teenage years to the present Kelly’s life. Set out very well.

What Remains of Me is the ideal story for readers who enjoy a thriller, suspense and mystery with plenty of unsuspected twists and turns ahead! Enjoy.

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