What Remains of Me by Alison Gaylin

I would like to read What Remains of Me by Alison Gaylin. This novel features Kelly Michelle Lund who, On June 28, 1980, shot and killed Oscar-nominated director John McFadden at a wild wrap party at his house in the Hollywood Hills. Lund had previously been hanging out with McFadden’s son, Vee, and Bellamy Marshall, the daughter of another Hollywood big shot, actor Sterling Marshall—friendships her mother disapproved of since Kelly’s twin, Catherine, died in a plunge into a canyon that was ruled a suicide after she started running with this fast crowd. Subsequently Convicted of the murder, she loses her youth and her freedom amid much speculation over this enigmatic seventeen-year-old’s motives.

Fast-forward 20 years: Kelly has served her time and married her former friend Bellamy’s younger brother, Shane, and they live in the desert outside LA. Their marriage is rocky since Shane is addicted to sleeping pills and Kelly is sleeping with their oddball neighbor, a sculptor who calls himself Rocky Three. Bellamy has made a name for herself as an artist with a piece based on Kelly called Mona Lisa, “which features a seven-foot-tall version of the iconic 1981 photograph taken of Lund outside the Los Angeles courthouse.”

However Thirty years later—and five years after her release from prison, the past comes back to haunt Kelly. Her father-in-law, movie legend Sterling Marshall, is found in a pool of blood in his home in the Hollywood Hills—dead from a shot to the head, just like his old friend John McFadden. Naturally Kelly is suspected of the high-profile murder.

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