"What Remains of Me" was recommended by Megan Abbott in her NPR interview "The 'Girl' in the Title: More than a Marketing Trend" from February 2016. The author also thanks Ms. Abbott at the end of the book in the acknowledgements and I can see why. Megan Abbott explores the psyche of teenage girls in several of her novels. Alison Gaylin alternates between the teenage world of her protagonist, Kelly Michelle Lund, and present day. The moving back and forth - from 1980 to 2010 - really worked in this thriller. I don't know how an author who went to Northwestern and now lives in New York state can write so vividly of Southern California, but she did it. She also captures so well the push/pull readers have with tabloid journalism and internet gossip sites. I was reminded of Dominick Dunne and his brilliant Hollywood exposes from "Vanity Fair." There were some twists and turns that I didn't see coming. I can't wait to read more from this very talented writer.

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