The USA Today bestselling author of the Brenna Spector series returns with her most ambitious book to date, a spellbinding novel of psychological suspense, set in the glamorous, wealthy world of Hollywood--a darkly imaginative and atmospheric tale of revenge and betrayal, presumed guilt and innocence lost, dirty secrets and family ties reminiscent of the bestsellers of Laura Lippman, Gillian Flynn, and Harlan Coben.Read more...
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The USA Today bestselling author of the Brenna Spector series returns with her most ambitious book to date, a spellbinding novel of psychological suspense, set in the glamorous, wealthy world of Hollywood--a darkly imaginative and atmospheric tale of revenge and betrayal, presumed guilt and innocence lost, dirty secrets and family ties reminiscent of the bestsellers of Laura Lippman, Gillian Flynn, and Harlan Coben.
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?
Written with masterful precision and control, What Remains of Me brilliantly moves forward and back in time, playing out the murders side by side--interweaving subtle connections and peeling away layers of events to reveal the shocking truth.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-12-21
- Reviewer: Staff
Gaylin (Hide Your Eyes) smoothly alternates between past and present in this melodramatic Hollywood whodunit. In 1978, aspiring actress Catherine Lund, frustrated by her lack of acclaim, leaps to her death from an overlook in the San Gabriel Valley. Two years later, her fraternal twin sister, Kelly, high on pot and coke, shoots director John McFadden to death in his Hollywood Hills mansion and is sentenced to 25 years to life for murder. In 1995, Kelly marries Shane Marshall, the son of movie star Sterling Marshall, in the California womens prison where shes incarcerated. After Shanes mother, Mary, helps Kelly to get paroled in 2005, the celebrity criminal begins working for a website aimed at those seeking to cheat on their spouses. In 2010, Kelly again becomes a murder suspect, after her father-in-law is gunned down. The path to the truthboth about Sterlings murder and McFaddenstakes many surprising twists, though readers should be prepared for a lack of sympathetic characters. Agent: Deborah Schneider, Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents. (Feb.)