Book Review: What Remains of Me by Alison Gaylin

March 22, 2017

in Books


It's no secret that I love a good thriller. And this was a great one.

A combination of the excess of Hollywood and the evils that lurk behind closed doors is the backdrop for this novel. in 1980, Kelly Michelle Lund shot and killed famous director John McFadden, or did she?

Kelly spends 25 years in prison for the murder. But that's not the only murder. As we unravel the murder of McFadden, we are also unravelling the murder of his best friend, actor Sterling Marshall, Kelly's father-in-law. And of course, Kelly is the prime suspect.

What I love about this thriller is that no one is who they seem to be, and even though that is evident from the outset, it is still baffeling as the reader tries to piece together two murders, who everyone is exactly, and what the outcome will be.

I also love that while we dip into the Hollywood lifestyle, there isn't any fakeness about it. We don't look at the glitz and glamour, we look at the dark side. The side that no one sees. The side that can lead to murder.

The dual timelines are easy to follow and a few excerpts from TMZ and news reports help shed light on the storylines. I was drawn in from the beginning and Gaylin held onto me right up until the very end.


*I have been asked why I rarely give 5 stars to books I seem to love. I reserve the 5 star rating for books that change my worldview. For books that I can't stop thinking about. For books that I know will last in my mind for the rest of my life. So yes, I am stingy with my 5 star ratings. But for good reason.

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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.

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