On June 28, 1980, Kelly Michelle Lund shoots and kills Oscar-nominated director John McFadden at a party in his home. For years, speculation swirls over the enigmatic seventeen-year-old’s motives. Convicted of the murder, she loses her youth and her freedom—but keeps her secrets to herself.
Thirty years later—and five years after her release from prison—the past has come 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.
Once again, Kelly is suspected of the high-profile murder. But this time, she’s got some unexpected allies who believe she’s innocent of both killings. But is she?
Gaylin (Hide Your Eyes) smoothly alternates between past and present in this melodramatic Hollywood whodunit. In 1978, aspiring actress Catherine Lund, frustrated by her lack of acclaim, leaps to her death from an overlook in the San Gabriel Valley. Two years later, her fraternal twin sister, Kelly, high on pot and coke, shoots director John McFadden to death in his Hollywood Hills mansion and is sentenced to 25 years to life for murder. In 1995, Kelly marries Shane Marshall, the son of movie star Sterling Marshall, in the California women's prison where she's incarcerated. After Shane's mother, Mary, helps Kelly to get paroled in 2005, the celebrity criminal begins working for a website aimed at those seeking to cheat on their spouses. In 2010, Kelly again becomes a murder suspect, after her father-in-law is gunned down. The path to the truth both about Sterling's murder and McFadden's takes many surprising twists, though readers should be prepared for a lack of sympathetic characters.