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Friday, April 22, 2016

What Remains of Me: New Novel From Alison Gaylin

William Morrow. 9780062369857
Reviewed by Bob Walch

Set in Hollywood, this beguiling thriller has some interesting and surprising twists that will make even the most sophisticated reader shake his or her head in wonder.
Kelly Michelle Lund becomes a media sensation when she shoots an Oscar-nominated director at a party in his posh Hollywood Hills home. During her trial the teenager refuses to explain her motive for the crime.

Now three decades after her conviction, Kelly is out of prison but she’s now in trouble e again after her father-in-law has been killed. Because he was a friend of the man Kelly was convicted of killing and a movie legend in his own right, the woman heads the suspect list for this latest crime.

Questions abound about this mysterious woman who some believe was not responsible for the first death or this latest one. These people may want to help her clear her name, but you may wonder if Kelly isn’t manipulating them for her own ends.

Set in two periods of time, Alison Gaylin uses these two crimes to also offer a fascinating look at the entertainment industry. The novel’s protagonist is one you won’t soon forget and the story’s clever plot will also linger with you long after you have finished What Remains of Me.  

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