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She Died Famous

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  391 ratings  ·  184 reviews
A gripping psychological thriller about iconic superstar, Kelly Trozzo, and her suspected killer, the author she commissioned to pen her shocking Hollywood memoir.

A Star is Born meets Gone Girl, in this dark and twisted love story with an unforgettable conclusion.

The headline read: “Hollywood Superstar Kelly Trozzo Found Dead.”

With no suspect in custody, authorit
Kindle Edition, 302 pages
Published July 30th 2019 by Greater Path LLC
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Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
Kyle Rutkin came up with a genius plot idea but sadly the execution left me wanting a hell of a lot more.

Two words to describe this book: Disorienting and tedious.

So we have a lot of alcohol and drugs. Like bucket loads. We have a cast of unreliable narrators that all seem to suffer mental illness. We have a story within a story being told only adding to the confusion. We also have Greek mythology making appearances through out. Hence, disorienting. Every chapter is like an LSD trip of epic pr
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
Here is what you need to know about She Died Famous.

1. Gorked out narrators
2. Drugs
3. Liquor
4. More drugs
5. Greek mythology
6. More liquor
7. Nightmares
8. Oh hey...more drugs and liquor
9. Endless song lyrics
10. Loathsome characters everywhere

It was tedious, friends. It's a shame that such a promising plot deteriorated into such gibberish.
Not recommended to anyone, anywhere, at any time.

1.5 stars rounded up...for the potential.
MissBecka Gee
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to MissBecka by: Jennifer
It is very rare that I can't conceive what's to come in a book.
At the very least I usually have an inkling mere pages before it's revealed.

"Without sacrifice, their love and affection were just empty words."

Kyle Rutkin surprised the hell out of me with this one!!!
Right down to the end.
I will follow you into any dark abyss you decide to write Sir.
Much love to NetGalley and Greater Path LLC for my DRC.
As soon as I finished, I started re-reading the book all over again. Yes, it was that good!

I started this book when Britt @geronimoreads encouraged me in a sprint reading session. Once I started, I became fully engrossed, and could not stop turning the pages. I devoured this amazing psychological thriller in one sitting. Being an Angeleno myself, I love reading books set in Los Angeles. I also enjoy dark Hollywood glam, and stories about the twisted lives of the rich and famous!

The book was set
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing

First of all I would like to give a huge thank you to the author himself, Kyle Rutkin, for sending me a free signed copy of “She Died Famous” to review.

Let me start by saying I absolutely loved this book. It is dark, edgy, and completely captivating. It is a story of not only betrayal and vengeance, but one of obsession, darkness, and the price you pay for fame. It is also a story of handling your inner demons and how every single one of us are dealing with our own wounds. The story its
Huge thanks to Kyle for sending me a copy of this insanely beautifully written novel for me and some friends of mine that all just happened to follow the KTROOPS, leaving in utter love with Kelly Trozzo and Kaleb. Psychological thrillers are my favorite kind and this one may just be the best one I’ve read in a very long time!!

When I first got this book I flipped through the pages and noticed that there were actual headlines from magazines and news articles added into the book, and for me as a r
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
"This is Hollywood. Your princess is cunning. Price Charming is evil. Dragons, demons, and darkness are hidden in us all. There are no bluebirds, no fairy godmothers. No shortage of monsters. We must save ourselves."


I loved She Died Famous! This was such an entertaining read for me. It was full of drama, and the format used was so perfect for the story that was being told.

I liked the characters in this book, and I was so interested in finding out who the murderer was. It's always interesti
Tracy Frenette
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways-won
She Died Famous by Kyle Rutkin

This story, whoa talk about DARK & DAMANGED...
The book is written in a combination of blogs, news headlines, and t.v. interviews. And I loved this layout for the book, kept it going at nice fast pace.
The characters were deep and disturbed starting with Kelly the actress & singer, Kaleb the addicted and possibly insane author, Jez Kelly's assistant and Kelly's bestfriend Lizzy all of who had very important roles in telling this story. All who would be nothing's wit
I love the title!

I was enamored with this book before even turning the first page. It came to me tied in a black ribbon and signed by the author. There were two special bookmarks and a faux news article with the coordinating theme of the novel.

Lots of stars for a great presentation, however I couldn’t justify all five.

A series of news articles, blogs, and press releases are compiled to tell a complete story. Similar to Daisy Jones and the Six, the format works because of the main character’s c
Alex | | findingmontauk1
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I absolutely love this story. I flew threw it in two sittings and that was only because I was in the middle of travelling and had to stop, otherwise I may have read it all at once. The first thing that drew me in was the format of the story. We get to see this story through past journal entries, TMZ articles, interviews, etc. The way we go from format to format is just one more factor that makes this book so addictive and readable. I will definitely be reading more from this author and I highly ...more
Nov 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
This book and I definitely did not mesh well. We were a terrible match and I regret asking for the ARC. I had to abandon it at %55. I don't care about self-absorbed, shallow personalities that love to drink and snort coke and have major rage issues. It is not what I enjoy reading and I am sorry to give such a bad review. ...more
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway!!

I'm teetering between 3 and 4 stars on this one. Parts of it definitely deserved 4 stars, but the ending was no better than 3.

This book is getting compared to "A Star is Born," which I've never seen but can see the comparison, and Gone Girl. Because of that comparison, I was expecting a big twist, because Gone Girl had one of the best and most memorable twists I've ever read. Unfortunately, I was disappointed in that aspect. In reality, I can't think of a
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Updated my rating to a 3.

Thank you to Kyle Rutkin for sending me She Died Famous to read and review!
Picture this! I am reading this book, I get spooked so I go around my house and close all the blinds and turn off the AC (because it was making a weird noise). I sit back down and start reading and the window blind flies open. 😰😰😧😧
Just about peed my pants! 😆
She Died Famous follows Kaleb Reed and Kelly Trozzo. Kelly Trozzo was a famous pop star who is found dead in her home with the primary sub
Charlotte Palladino
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Lynne Lambdin
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
So two quick things....

1. What the heck happened at the end?
2. How obsessed is Rutkin with Miley Cyrus?

Honestly, I've been painting this little picture in my head of Kyle Rutkin staying up late into night with cold coffee rings surrounding his computer obsessively googling Miley. Like I wish I could get my hands on his internet search history because I would keel over with joy I'm sure. I don't know why I find this scenario so entertaining but I really do. But joking aside, I really picked up o
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
I am legitimately torn in what I think on this read. I liked the unique format in which this book was written. We have Kaleb, the author, number one suspect in Kelly's murder, telling his side through blog posts. Interviews and press releases for the rest. Is Kaleb insane? Because the drugs are DEFINITELY getting the best of him so as a reader I was utterly confused on what was happening with him throughout the entire ride. Kelly manipulates, but as a young star - who really are her friends and ...more
Amanda Allen
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Set in Hollywood, She Died Famous is an innovative thriller that exposes the dark side of fame and obsession in today’s digital landscape. The story’s shocking twists and unreliable narrator will have every reader asking: Who killed Kelly Trozzo?” -@Kyle Rutkin

This story is a dark tale about sex, drugs, demons, fame, obsession and murder. It is told in a few different viewpoints: an interview Kelly gave before her death, an interview from Lizzy (her bff) and Jez (her obsessive assistant) after
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow, what a ride. This book is dark, twisted, and disturbing, but it also had me captivated from page one. The story of Kelly Trozzo’s death is told through a series of blog posts, interviews, and magazine/news paper articles which made this book even more intriguing. I loved every bit of creativity and originality. She Died Famous is full of unreliable narrators, contradicting stories, and different accounts of events that lead the reader to question everything that’s happening. It’s a differen ...more
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Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All I can say or think right now is, WOW! I’m obsessed with this book, these characters, everything. This story was completely captivating. Thrilling, erotic, and mysterious, the author did an amazing job of capturing the multiple storylines and tying everything together into one tantalizing package. This is the story of an author with a sordid past who meets a child-star infatuated with his book. She enlists her followers to read his tail of love and with her help, he suddenly becomes famous. A ...more
Sara Bacon
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gripping from the beginning, I found myself not wanting to put this book down so I could find out how each of the different characters' stories played out and who ultimately killed Kelly. I loved how the book overlapped multiple storylines and yet everything was held together by the narrative of the inner darkness and demons that live in each of us and the terrifyingly fascinating ways they decide to show up in our lives. This story speaks to the human condition as a whole, and is brought to lif ...more
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Thrilling Thriller!
Wow! This author has matured by leaps and bounds!! The writing is so vivid I felt like I was watching a movie in my head. Glitz and glamour has a dark, seedy underbelly. The twists and turns, the truth and the lies, the love and the hate. It’s all there for the reader to sift through. Do I hear sequel? Movie? What a wild ride!
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“The monster had retreated, but it would return. Each time, it struck harder. We shoved it deeper into our souls. Suppressed it. Covered it. Hid. Dulled. We pretended that we would never have to face that dark entity again. The root of our pain and destruction. If we wanted it to end—one day, we would have to look. We would have to face the worst fears inside our hearts. These trapped shadows. This energy that fights and claws to get out. This living, breathing thing that has taken residency ins ...more
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Some of the other reviews mention that this book lingers, and it does. For me, that’s the mark of a successful book, and this one made me think, reflect inward, and feel varying levels of empathy, disgust and curiosity. This book isn’t shallow as it may seem, and it’s about a lot more than a dead Hollywood star.

This book takes us down the rabbit hole into several characters who are unreliable, self-absorbed, damaged and at times delusional. But while these types of characters often feel vapid an
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was almost a five star read for me!! A big thank you to the author, Kyle Rutkin for sending me a copy of his book and for being so kind.

Things I loved:

The writing: The writing was amazing. I was constantly turning pages and found myself only putting down the book when necessary. When I wasn’t reading the book, I was thinking about the book. I just had to know who killed Kelly Trozzo and why.

The Format: The story was told in blog posts, interviews and news articles. The writer kept me ver
Megan Houde
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*Thank you so much to Kyle for sending me a copy to read a review*

Kelly Trozzo is a well know, famous actress and she’s dead. Stabbed on her front driveway along with her manager, Barry Monroe, and the finger is pointing at best selling author Kaleb Reed. Kaleb was in the midst of writing Kelly’s memoir and the last to see her. As Kaleb hides out, he decides to blog his story and how he came to be about in Kelly’s life. How a celebrity world full of sex and drugs and Hollywood gossip can bring
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
You know those thrillers that you just don't want to put down? This was one of those.

Author Kaleb Reed is a quiet writer who enjoys staying out of the spotlight. But, that isn't an option for him after superstar Kelly Trozzo starts blowing up her social media obsessing over Kaleb's novel. His book becomes a huge hit almost instantly, forcing Kaleb out of his comfortable shadows and into the focus of Kelly's numerous fans. When Kelly is found dead outside of her Hollywood mansion, Kaleb becomes
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story unfolds using blog posts, police interview transcripts, news articles and an interview with the victim instead of a straight narrative. You’re constantly wondering who’s lying, who’s guilty, what’s real and what’s not and of course what’s going to happen next. I do wish the book within the book was available to read. ⁣
Allison Sanden
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-2019
A great psychological thriller written in a format unlike any other book I’ve read. You will be captivated from the beginning and the last page will still leave you wondering!
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-reads
It was a good read.
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Review: 5 Stars

I picked up an ARC of She Died Famous a couple months ago, mainly because the title and cover had intrigued me. But I was on a fantasy kick so I didn’t pick this book up for a while and it came back across my radar last week when looking for books for Top 5 Saturday’s topic, unreliable narrators. (Check out last week’s Top 5 Saturday post here!) Something about this book just drew me to it. I don’t know what I r
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