What Remains of Me by A.L. Gaylin

What-Remains-of-Me.jpgI think the premise skirts precariously close to the reality of the really dark underbelly of Hollywood’s sexual deviants. People in positions of great power who abuse children, teens and vulnerable people. Young people who are enamoured by the idea of fame and fortune.

Kelly has spent more than half of her life behind bars for murder. Shooting a high profile Hollywood director hasn’t exactly endeared her to the public. On top of that she is married to the son of her victim’s best friend.

The relationships in this plot are quite complex and intertwined with each other. Betrayal, mistrust, lies and revenge are a daily occurrence. No one is trustworthy in this game of deception.

All the events in Kelly’s life lead back to her sister. The sister who decided her life wasn’t worth living any more. The young girl with a hunger for fame and ambitions that prove to be the beginning of her end.

Gaylin lays some interesting red herrings in the plot. Is Kelly an innocent bystander, a victim of circumstance or is she really just a cold-hearted killer?

What Remains of Me may make you question whether her actions are those of a person without a moral compass or perhaps those of the absolutely justified vigilante. Indeed one wonders what exactly does remain of her at the end of it all.

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The Santiago Sisters by Victoria Fox

santiagoThe bond between sisters is supposed to be strong, so the bond between twin sisters should be unbreakable, right? The truth is that the sisterly bond can also cause the kind of powerful emotions that can make or break a relationship.

Calida and Tess are close and yet at the same time they are worlds apart. Tess is like a wild caged bird trying to break free from the restraints of her environment and her upbringing.

Calida is the exact opposite, she is happy in her environment barring the fact her mother acts as if she doesn’t exist, but at least her father thinks she can walk on water. She feels second best to the absolutely stunning Tess, whereas she is merely just pretty.

The supposed inequality between the two of them leads to a parting of ways and years of built-up resentment.

The sisters make their separate ways into the world of the rich and famous. One of them behind the scenes and the other in the spotlight. Jealousy, anger and spite drives the two of them, which keeps them from building lasting and meaningful relationships. Whether they know it or not they miss each other and their special bond.

Fox writes with the same panache, glitz and glam of Jackie Collins. She also likes to mix up family and Hollywood dramas with more than a pinch of sensual spice. Her characters are not exactly coy.

If you’re looking for a read that caters for readers that like their books heavy on the drama, with a hefty portion of the horizontal tango and interwoven with strong emotions, then this is the type of book I would recommend.

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Picture Perfect by Kate Forster

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This most certainly has shades of Lace by Shirley Conran, a book turned into a TV mini series ( not sure if anyone knows or remembers it, because it aired in 1984). Picture Perfect has the same kind of Hollywood flare that Lace had, and that one would expect from a Jackie Collins novel.

The reader follows the story of two best friends, who are drawn to each other in an attempt to find some sort of comfort and support. They are both children in dysfunctional family situations, suffering abuse and neglect, and with no obvious way out. One of them winds up pregnant, and that sets a series of events in motion, which will have an impact on both of them in the future.

In the midst of this brassy, emotional and glitzy story there is also an intricate look at the relationship between birth mother, adoptive mother and child.

Adopted children, who don’t know anything about their birth parents, often feel as if something is missing. There is this need to know and need for closure. This is how and why Shay’s daughter ends up looking for her birth mother. Kept in the dark by her adoptive parents, she is on a mission to find the woman who couldn’t keep her.

I liked the way Forster handled the whole ‘coming back for you’ aspect of the story. Instead of adults filled with selfishness and interested in their own gratification, Forster has created characters, who choose in the best interest of the child.

Simultaneously the reader is treated to a whirlwind combination of relationships and romances. The thrill of young love, the complicated love between a loner and a player, and the erratic romance between a widower and a hardcore cynic.
P.S: I have to admit to getting a little teary-eyed about the dog, it was such an endearing sub-plot.

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Read The Last Will and Testament of Daphne Le Marche by Kate Forster.