This review is written with thanks to Arrow and Netgalley for my copy of What Remains Of Me.
In 1980, Kelly Lund is imprisoned for the murder of the famous Hollywood film director, John McFadden. Thirty years later, following her release, McFadden's friend, and Kelly's father in law, Sterling Marshall, is also murdered and Kelly is the prime suspect. However, she is contacted by a journalist who tells her he believes she is innocent of both murders. What happened on the nights John McFadden and Sterling Marshall were killed?
The majority of the plot of What Remains Of Me is focused on the character of Kelly, who appears cold, and is therefore not immediately likeable. However, it is her distant attitude that makes her character compelling, and I was interested to discover more about Kelly's past, and the reasons why she behaves in the way she does. This was heightened by Gaylin's narrative, which switches between 1980 and 2010. Although this was difficult to follow in places, it gave the reader valuable insight into Kelly's life.
As the plot of What Remains Of Me develops, it becomes clear that not everything is as it first appeared. As the tag line on the cover suggests, the reader must "find out where the lies stop and the truth begins." Gaylin uncovers the truth gradually, and whilst this means the novel is not as fast paced as those I would usually read, it does create tension which made me want to continue reading and discover what happened. There are several twists as the novel reaches its conclusion, and this kept me turning pages until the very end.
What Remains Of Me is published on 1st December and is available from Amazon.