What Remains of Me
By: Alison Gaylin
Just recently I read a book that made me feel like Alice falling down the rabbit hole. This particular book, a psychological thriller and murder mystery, had all the right parts – a girl on a quest, death, danger, and fame. The setting, though not Wonderland, it was the magical town of Hollywood, filled with the larger than life and richer than God. This is where the parallels stop. At the center of What Remains of Me by Alison Gaylin, is a blue collar working girl being raised by her single mother after the death of her twin sister. Kelly Michelle Lund thought that she knew who her family was and what life was about. An introvert, Kelly didn’t have very many friends or party filled nights. Then one day everything changed. The daughter of a famous and powerful director chose to befriend Kelly and the rest was history…or should I say, the rest brought history to light. Without ruining the “which way is up” feeling for you by giving too much away I’ll give you a few more morsels. One hot night, after learning a new secret, Kelly murders a powerful and famous movie director, and is convicted. During her time in jail Kelly becomes know all across the country as a teenage killer, and she marries her love, the brother of the friend who changed her life. After her time in jail, her father-in-law is murdered, and Kelly is named as the prime suspect. No one knows the truth – which is so big that it will shatter lives.
Alison Gaylin, an accomplished author, can spin one hell of a yarn. I first picked up her novel over the Christmas holiday and quickly found that it was extremely hard to put down. The story matches the fast paced, party life that Kelly discovers in her high school years, with the ups and downs of her highs and lows. Gaylin feeds her readers morsels of a story that is so sinister, only the rich, powerful, and depraved could pull it off. Definitely not your typical murder mystery or run of the mill thriller. What Remains of Me is quickly setting itself a part and finding its way into the paws of reviewers and authors alike. I have to admit that despite Gaylin being a USA Today Best Selling Author, I wasn’t familiar with her – so I wasn’t quite sure how reading the book was going to go. I was done with the book much faster than I expected (because I couldn’t put it down) and couldn’t find a single thing that I didn’t like about it. What Remains of Me is just a great book to read. If you enjoy a good story, an exciting who done it, or a thrilling crime drama, I highly recommend that you pick up a copy of Gaylin’s latest book.