A Mesmerising Thriller
What Remains Of Me by A.L. Gaylin is a contemporary thriller that had me hooked from the start. It had a cleverly constructed plot that twisted and turned, raising many questions. For each question answered, more arose, keeping the reader guessing to the end.
The action hopped backwards and forwards between 1980 and 2010, as two murders ran parallel. I was lulled into a belief that I knew the guilty party but A.L.Gaylin had woven a more intricate plot than I had realised.
The novel showed the power of secrets. Secrets always have the potential to destroy lives. The bigger the secret, the greater the potential fall-out.
What Remains Of Me shows how painful loneliness can be. People are often loneliest in a crowd. Desperation to belong sometimes means wrong bonds are formed.
Grief and loss are powerful themes. Kelly lost her twin (before the novel began) and she never recovered from her loss. Not a day went by when she didn’t miss her.
Family bonds are presented in the novel. Some are prepared to do anything to protect the family and preserve the name.
The novel is set in the corrupt world of Hollywood and as such, there are some difficult themes covered. The reality is hard to comprehend at times. The corruption runs deep. The reading is not always easy but A.L. Gaylin presents the topics sensitively.
What Remains Of Me was a mesmerising thriller. A real page turner and I can highly recommend it.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.