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What Remains of Me

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On June 28, 1980, Kelly Michelle Lund shoots and kills Oscar-nominated director John McFadden at a party in his home. For years, speculation swirls over the enigmatic seventeen-year-old’s motives. 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 ba

Kindle Edition, 386 pages
Published February 23rd 2016 by William Morrow
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When Kelly Lund was seventeen years old she shot and killed director John McFadden. She went to prison and served thirty years. Where our story picks up, she has been out for five years and lives with her husband Shane. When Kelly’s father-in-law gets murdered in the exact same way John McFadden did, she immediately becomes a suspect. Her father-in-law also happens to be famous movie legend Sterling Marshall. Would Kelly really have done this? Or is she getting framed?

The story alternates betwee
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
*Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review*

There's a fish market somewhere that's missing its supply of red herrings -I know this because Alison Gaylin has used them all up in 'What Remains of Me'!

Kelly Lund has spent 30 years in prison for the murder of famous movie director John McFadden. The story begins some 5 years after her release. She's now living a quiet life out in the desert with her husband Shane, but then something happens that thro
Miriam Smith
"People don't need to know you're a murderer. They just need to think you could be....."
Not until you finish this highly captivating and atmospheric book that you realise the true meaning to that blurb sentence.
"What Remains Of Me" by Alison Gaylin is a highly entertaining and absorbing thriller that keeps you on your toes to the very last page! I thoroughly enjoyed this and once started could not put it down.
There are two timelines running through the story, flashbacks to Kelly in 1980 and the
Will Byrnes
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
It isn’t what you do that makes you lose people, she reminded herself. It’s what they think you’ve done.
What they think 17-year-old Kelly Michelle Lund did was shoot famed Hollywood director John McFadden dead. And they thought it strongly enough that she would spend the next 25 years of her life in prison. Kelly became a cause célèbre of the wrong sort when the paparazzi caught her in what they called a “Mona Lisa Death Smile,” putting her on par, at least in public perception, with sociopat
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Seventeen-year-old Kelly Michelle Lund shot and killed director John McFadden at a party 30 years ago. Kelly is now living with her husband, Shane Marshall, after being released from prison five years earlier. But then her father-in-law gets shot in the same way as John McFadden was shot and the public and the police seem to think that Kelly is the one behind the murder.

I was instantly captivated by the story when I started to read the book. I liked that as we follow Kelly in present time we als
Sean Peters
Thank You To Net Galley, the publishers and the author for an ARC copy for an honest review.

June 1980: 17-year-old Kelly Lund is jailed for killing Hollywood film director, John McFadden

Thirty years later, Kelly is a free woman. Yet speculation still swirls over what really happened that night.

And when her father-in law, and close friend of McFadden is found dead - shot through the head at point-blank range - there can only be one suspect.

But this time Kelly has some high-profile friends who bel
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kelly Lund is an unhappy, bullied and lonely young teenager when she first meets Bellamy Marshall. Although Kelly’s family live in L.A. and her mother was a make-up artist, while her father is a stunt man; she is constantly warned away from the world of movies. That is less than easy though, especially when you go to school at Hollywood High. At first, it seems impossible that the beautiful, seemingly super confident, and wealthy Bellamy, daughter of actor Shane Marshall, will even notice Kelly, ...more
Louise Wilson
3.5 stars. Kelly Lund has spent 30 years in jail for shooting John McFadden.

The story begins 5 years after her release. She is now married and living the quiet life. Then her father-in-law has been found dead in the exact same way as John McFadden.

I found this story drew me in very quickly with its fast pace but it's pace seemed to dip a little half way through. Don't let that put you off as it is a good read.
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kelly was convicted of murder in 1980. In 2010, she is a suspect in the death of her father-in-law. Is she innocent or guilty--of one or of both murders?
Liz Barnsley
What Remains of Me is an atmospheric and well written novel with an intriguing mystery element.

We follow Kelly over two points in her life - leading up to her being imprisoned for murder and then after her release when she is soon suspected of another. The glitz and glamour and dark side of movie making is the backdrop, with some elements of family drama.

For about half of What Remains of Me I was entirely engaged, but if I had one little bugbear it was that this book could have been shorter. The
 Li'l Owl
Wow!! This is the first book by Alison Gaylin
I've read and I immediately want to read another! The characters come to life, and the plot thickens at every turn. This book has more twists than a Slinky! Really great stuff!! I strongly recommend it!

This book has an excerpt for a new untitled book to be published in 2018. I'm looking forward to it!
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it

What Remains of me is a standalone mystery/thriller.

The story is told in third person narration. The main narrator is Kelly Michelle Lund. The book goes back and forth in time between 1980 (when Kelly was 17) and 2010.

We learn right away that Kelly is a murderer. When she was 17 she shot and killed wealthy director John McFadden. She went to prison and was released in 2005. So the main part of this story takes place in 2010, five years after she was released from prison.

The chapters go back and
Kath Middleton
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kelly has spent twenty-five years in prison for homicide. We go back to her teenage years, after her fraternal twin Catherine's suicide, to her friendship with Bellamy and her brother Shane, Kelly's eventual husband. It all takes place in Hollywood, but Kelly's mother is keen to prevent her from getting close to the so-called Hollywood Royalty. Then, her father-in law, the film star, is killed and, as Kelly has form, she's under suspicion.

I initially found the story slow. The back and forth from
People don't need to know you're a murderer.
They just have to think you could be...

June 1980: 17-year-old Kelly Lund is jailed for killing Hollywood film director, John McFadden

Thirty years later, Kelly is a free woman. Yet speculation still swirls over what really happened that night.

And when her father-in-law and close friend of McFadden is found dead - shot through the head at point-blank range - there can only be one suspect.

But, this time, Kelly has some high-profile friends who believe she
Laura Rash
I won this book through Goodreads.
A real page turner that kept me guessing constantly. Loved the strong women in the story.
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being a fan of contemporary American crime fiction, and particularly those featuring ‘damaged’ female protagonists, such as Jax Miller’s Freedom’s Child and Emma Cline’s The Girls , I’m incredibly pleased to report that the trinity is now complete with this truly compelling novel from A.L. Gaylin, What Remains of Me.
Front and centre of this tale of redemption, revenge and murder, is the figure of Kelly Lund, convicted of murder at a young age, but now having served 25 years for the crime, still
Annie ~ The Misstery
Read the review in my blog >> This is the story of Kelly Lund. In 1980, Kelly, who lost her twin when they were fifteen years old, made friends with free-spirited Bellamy and ended up shooting and killing famous film director John McFadden. 30 years later and five after she got out of prison, Sterling Marshall, Kelly’s father-in-law and John McFadden’s best friend, ends up dead at his home. But who killed him and why? Is it possible that Kelly did it again? Or maybe she didn’t kill eithe ...more
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A page turner from start to finish! 2016 is definitely shaping up to be the year of the psychological thriller!
Cleo Bannister
On a hot summer night in 1980 Kelly Lund killed John McFadden, a famous film director. Kelly is imprisoned for the crime at aged just seventeen, and she does her time. Thirty years later, five years after Kelly’s release from prison, her father-in-law, Sterling Marshall, a movie star, is murdered. In 1980 following her appearance in court she was pictured with a half-smile on her face, that picture has accompanied every story written about Kelly and John McFadden ever since, it looks like it may ...more
Vilma Iris
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good psychological thriller, with lots of great twists... up until the very end. The story unraveled through past and present experiences and the web of secrets and lies kept me engrossed.
Her bloody wine-smile directly under Kelly on the wall. One of those moments when positioning shows you something you could never put into words.

Drugs. Glitter. Murder. Secrets.
Not everything in Hollywood is as glitz and glam as it seems.

Released from prison after serving 25 years for murder, Kelly Lund can finally move forward from the events that plagued her youth. However, when another powerful movie exec is murdered in the same manner as Kelly’s murder- she’s once again a suspect and ca
Ana Dumitrache
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mi-a plăcut acest roman, a fost construit bine, iar finalul fost bun. Foarte întortocheat, multe personaje, fără să fie niciunul neglijat, multe detalii, secrete, minciuni, trădări. O lume dominată de oameni influenți, bani, droguri și abuzuri foarte bine redată. Nu pot să spun că mi-a plăcut de Kelly, personajul principal, însă acțiunile ei sunt scuzabile. Toate personajele au acționat din motive bine întemeiate, însă niciunul nu și-a asumat răspunderea. Relația dintre părinți și copii e prezen ...more
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
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What Remains of Me made me think of what could have been for Marissa on the O.C. I loved me some twisty drama on that show and I could picture the characters at place in that world. A teen party girl on the fringes of Hollywood society, Kelly Lund enters a party and shoots a prominent director three times. Thirty years later she is free and another man, this time a famous actor, is shot in the same manner. Is Kelly up to her old tricks, or
Sep 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
In brief - Not a bad book I guess. However it seemed overly drawn out to me. Equally there really were too many twists to be believable.

In full
In "What remains of Me" the author tells the story of Kelly both in the 1980s and in the present day. Set in Hollywood and using the setting and films as part of the theme I found it easy enough to read. In the 1980s Kelly was found guilty of murdering a Hollywood mogul although she never admitted directly to the crime. Now she is out of prison and marrie
Claire Wilson
At first, I was initially gripped by the opening of this novel. However, the pace slowed down and you were left with a thriller which is set both in the 80’s and more recent. When Kelly Lund murders a film director, she is sent to prison where she later marries her ex best friend’s younger brother. A decent read.
Nov 28, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Just won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway! Looking forward to getting my hands on it, seems to have an intriguing premise! Full review to follow once the book comes in.
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking forward to this stand-alone novel by Alison Gaylin. I am a big fan of the Brenna Spector and always look for an opportunity to recommend that series. I waited patiently to see if an ARC would appear at work, but alas the book appeared on the shelves at work. While this book is classified as a mystery, and it is, I felt like I was along for this ride between times of Kelly Lund's life. As a teenager, Kelly is convicted of killing a famous director. She serves her time and a few year ...more
Between The Pages Book Club (Gemma M)
I have voluntarily reviewed a copy of this story with thanks to Netgalley. I will start by saying that this book took me forever to read and I was going to award it three stars at first. BUT, wow did this book pick up towards the end and I raced through it which is why I awarded four stars instead. What Remains of Me is cleverly written and I would say an average, good story as I personally wasn't blown away by the story. But the twists and turns and how everything unwinds is very clever indeed ...more
Heather Stanton
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
SO many twists and turns. I couldn't put it down and it kept me guessing right up until the end.
Liviu Szoke
Despre acest volum teribil de întunecat am să scriu într-o recenzie pe Bookblog, pe care am s-o denumesc „Fața hâdă a Hoolywoodului”, căci grozăviile descrise de autoare în acest volum sunt cu atât mai revoltătoare cu cât nu par nicidecum inventate. Sex cu adolescente și tinere de doisprezece-treisprezece ani, droguri, abuz de alcool și medicamente, aventuri, orgii, copii din flori, bani cu care poți cumpăra orice, sinucideri, crime și scandaluri mușamalizate, părinți dispuși să înghită orice de ...more
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Alison Gaylin is a journalist who has covered the arts and entertainment for more than fifteen years. Her first novel, HIDE YOUR EYES, debuted in March, 2005 with nearly a quarter of a million copies in print and was nominated for the prestigious Edgar Award for a first novel. The sequel, YOU KILL ME, was published in 2006 to rave reviews. Her first hardcover, TRASHED, out in September 2007, launc ...more