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 is someone setting her up?
I enjoyed the world Alison Gaylin created in What Remains of Me, a glittering eighties Hollywood world of excess countered with a modern Hollywood full of TMZ and bloodthirsty reporters. The plot was unique and I enjoyed the guessing games created. Gaylin’s writing was crisp and each line made sense within the scope of the story. Descriptions were just enough to enable you to picture the scene but not bog down the action. The characters were well thought out and most fit extremely well in the world created. A few side characters seemed placed for no real reason, but they could mostly be overlooked.
I enjoyed the ride Gaylin took me on in What Remains of Me. A nice twisty thriller that kept me guessing what was real and what was imagined till the end. A few things I guessed before the end, but most I did not and I really enjoyed the guessing game created. A dark version of a True Hollywood Story, What Remains of Me played out like one of my favorite soapy nighttime dramas.
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.