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What Remains of Me

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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?

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This is one of my favorite reads of the year so far. In What Remains of Me, Gaylin spins an amazingly tangled tale about a murder from the past and a murder from the present colliding, sending secrets spiraling out from the wreckage. Hollywood is a place of secrets and lies, and Kelly Lund is caught up in the middle of it all. When she was a teenager, she was convicted of murdering a famous movie director. Now out of prison, her father-in-law is found dead under similar circumstances, and Kelly finds herself a suspect once again. Gaylin is a brilliant writer. What I have to mention first and foremost is how expertly she delivers her twists. I spent the last third of the book literally gasping out loud, unable to stop turning pages because I had to know what would happen next. Just when I would think I had things figured out, Gaylin would completely surprise me once again. I also really loved the technique of weaving flashbacks from the time of the original murder with scenes from the present day. This did a lot for character development, as well as setting up future plot points and creating a lot of suspense. Essentially, I can't say enough about how much I loved this book. It's absolutely one of the ones I'm going to go to when people ask for a recommended read that they haven't heard of yet.

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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

Specifications

Series Title
Serge Storms
Publisher
HarperCollins
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
512
Author
Alison Gaylin
Is Large Print
Y
ISBN-13
9780062440129
Publication Date
February, 2016
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.90 x 6.00 x 1.10 Inches
ISBN-10
0062440128

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This is one of my favo...

This is one of my favorite reads of the year so far. In What Remains of Me, Gaylin spins an amazingly tangled tale about a murder from the past and a murder from the present colliding, sending secrets spiraling out from the wreckage. Hollywood is a place of secrets and lies, and Kelly Lund is caught up in the middle of it all. When she was a teenager, she was convicted of murdering a famous movie director. Now out of prison, her father-in-law is found dead under similar circumstances, and Kelly finds herself a suspect once again. Gaylin is a brilliant writer. What I have to mention first and foremost is how expertly she delivers her twists. I spent the last third of the book literally gasping out loud, unable to stop turning pages because I had to know what would happen next. Just when I would think I had things figured out, Gaylin would completely surprise me once again. I also really loved the technique of weaving flashbacks from the time of the original murder with scenes from the present day. This did a lot for character development, as well as setting up future plot points and creating a lot of suspense. Essentially, I can't say enough about how much I loved this book. It's absolutely one of the ones I'm going to go to when people ask for a recommended read that they haven't heard of yet.

Kelly Lund is jailed i...

Kelly Lund is jailed in 1980 for killing a hollywood film director. Thirty years later she is free. But there is another high profile killing of someone connected to her and, of course, she is a suspect. But did she do it? This is the story of Kelly, her family life, her troubles and the effect they have on her life. The narrative chops and changes between the past and present. It paints a picture of Kelly's childhood, the difficult times at school, coping with the death of her sister and a troubled home life with separated parents - seeing Kelly moving from her mother's home to her fathers. In the present, Kelly is married, living a fairly remote existence away from LA. The years in jail have caused further separation from family and friends and she seems to lead a lonely life. This is the sort of book with loads of twists and turns. Some of them you can sort of predict and you're kept wondering if you're right until it's revealed in the plot. And others are completely unexpected. I love that! It is well written and not packed so full of characters that it is difficult to keep track. The alternating past and present picks up different threads relating to each character - I found the storyline of Kelly's mum particularly fascinating. Thank you to NetGalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Convicted killer Kelly...

Convicted killer Kelly Lund is trying to live a quiet life after release from prison. She's served 25 years for shooting Hollywood director John McFadden in an apparent drug-induced teenage rage. Now the nightmare is starting all over again. Fifties movie idol, Sterling Marshall (McFadden's good friend and now Kelly's father-in-law), has been found shot with the same weapon and in the same fashion - and Kelly is yet again a suspect in the murder inquiry. Only this time, she has some unlikely allies convinced of her innocence. "What Remains of Me" is a psychological thriller, jumping 30 years between the events leading up to the two murders. Author Alison Gaylin is perhaps better known as the author of the Brenna Spector series. Her skills in suspense and dialogue shines through in this stand alone effort. Gaylin's plot slowly gives up secret upon secret leading up to the exciting conclusion. Some of the twists were predictable, but a few came as a total surprise. Some people might be put off by the sudden shifts in time. Most will be appreciate the high-flying Hollywood setting and fast paced suspense. (4 stars) I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This book was a pleasa...

This book was a pleasant surprise. I didn't think I would really like it because it was set in Hollywood but that probably was what made this so enjoyable. It starts out on the hottest night of the year, 1980, when Kelly Lund, 17, shot and killed a famous director, John McFadden at a party. An unfortunate picture of her dead eye smile makes her fodder for the tabloids for years. 30 years later, five years after she's released from prison, her father-in-law, is found shot and it looks like the same killer did it. The story goes back and forth between 1980 and 2010 giving the background for what happened to these two men. Enjoyable.

At 16 Kelly Michelle L...

At 16 Kelly Michelle Lund goes to prison for killing a well know movie director. She stays staunch in her denials that she killed him but an unfortunate photo kills any chance of people believing her. This book bounces back and forth from June of 1980 when the first murder happened to 2010 when Kelly is out of jail and trying to rebuild a life. Because of this I almost quit reading the book, the abrupt time shifts with most of the same people and all of the same names make it hard for me to keep track of the storyline. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader interested and Kelly is a very different "heroine". Family ties, friendship, and lives of deep lies all get tangled together in this fascinating story.

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