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She Died Famous PDF, ePub eBook A gripping psychological thriller about iconic superstar, Kelly Trozzo, and her suspected killer, the author she commissioned to pen her shocking Hollywood memoir. A Star is Born meets Gone Girl, in this dark and twisted love story with an unforgettable conclusion. The headline read: “Hollywood Superstar Kelly Trozzo Found Dead.” With no suspect in custody, authorities t A gripping psychological thriller about iconic superstar, Kelly Trozzo, and her suspected killer, the author she commissioned to pen her shocking Hollywood memoir. A Star is Born meets Gone Girl, in this dark and twisted love story with an unforgettable conclusion. The headline read: “Hollywood Superstar Kelly Trozzo Found Dead.” With no suspect in custody, authorities turn their attention to best-selling author Kaleb Reed, whose obsessive relationship with the star has been followed by social media and tabloids alike. In his online confession, Reed claims that his relationship with Trozzo began with a tweet, an unexpected endorsement from the pop star herself. Almost overnight, Reed’s novel garners national attention, and the reclusive writer is thrust into the spotlight. But according to Reed, the endorsement came with a price. In the days that follow, Reed is invited to Trozzo’s Los Angeles mansion, where he is solicited to write her memoir. Lured by her physical appeal and charisma, Reed delves further and further into Trozzo’s fantasy world, ensnared by a twisted story of betrayal and vengeance. On the night of Trozzo’s death, Reed finally discovers his true role in this story, as well as the pop star’s alternative ending to his famous novel—one that leads to his arrest. Set in Hollywood, She Died Famous is an innovative thriller that exposes the dark side of fame and obsession in today’s digital landscape. The story’s shocking twists and unreliable narrator will have every reader asking: Who killed Kelly Trozzo?

30 review for She Died Famous

  1. 4 out of 5

    JANELLE || WHATSHESEEES

    Huge thanks to Kyle for sending me a copy of this insanely beautifully written novel for me and some friends of mine that all just happened to follow the KTROOPS, leaving in utter love with Kelly Trozzo and Kaleb. Psychological thrillers are my favorite kind and this one may just be the best one I’ve read in a very long time!! When I first got this book I flipped through the pages and noticed that there were actual headlines from magazines and news articles added into the book, and for me as a r Huge thanks to Kyle for sending me a copy of this insanely beautifully written novel for me and some friends of mine that all just happened to follow the KTROOPS, leaving in utter love with Kelly Trozzo and Kaleb. Psychological thrillers are my favorite kind and this one may just be the best one I’ve read in a very long time!! When I first got this book I flipped through the pages and noticed that there were actual headlines from magazines and news articles added into the book, and for me as a reader, it made things very interesting and extremely realistic!! It'a fast pace book because there is seriously no reason to put it down. You will find yourself reading it straight through (yes, it was that addicting)! Each character is so unique. I truly cannot believe how easily Kyle let the characters flow on paper. This story with its dynamic between, Kelly the singer/actress and Kaleb the nobody author, and her assistant Jez and BFF Lizzy all who would basically be nothing without Kelly, made this novel whole. Each character played a very important role in this book and it was literally like watching it on television. *There are some erotic scenes in here that I totally didn’t see coming, but absolutely loved. They worked 100%! I recommend this book to readers of any kind. You don’t have to be a thriller lover to enjoy or read this book. It’s an amazing, powerful and extremely fascinating read. It has some interviews in it as well, which was nice to enjoy reading after going back in fourth with Kaleb’s blog. Brilliantly written. A visualization like you were watching it unfold before you.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Scarlett

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway!! I'm teetering between 3 and 4 stars on this one. Parts of it definitely deserved 4 stars, but the ending was no better than 3. This book is getting compared to "A Star is Born," which I've never seen but can see the comparison, and Gone Girl. Because of that comparison, I was expecting a big twist, because Gone Girl had one of the best and most memorable twists I've ever read. Unfortunately, I was disappointed in that aspect. In reality, I can't think of a I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway!! I'm teetering between 3 and 4 stars on this one. Parts of it definitely deserved 4 stars, but the ending was no better than 3. This book is getting compared to "A Star is Born," which I've never seen but can see the comparison, and Gone Girl. Because of that comparison, I was expecting a big twist, because Gone Girl had one of the best and most memorable twists I've ever read. Unfortunately, I was disappointed in that aspect. In reality, I can't think of a single similarity between the two books, not one reason comes to mind to compare them, other than perhaps publicity. A better comparison would be Daisy Jones & The Six, for both the storytelling, part of which is in interviews, as well as the superstar lifestyle and drug use. Another good comparison would be Verity, although Colleen Hoover did it better. Although the storyline is not the same, there are a lot of similarities, including an unreliable narrator who is an author hired to write a book for someone else. The writing style also reminded me of Cara Hunter, with blog posts, interviews, TV shows, book excerpts and other unique storytelling methods other than just paragraphs like most books. I did just compare this book to three books I gave 5 stars to (and couldn't compare it to another 5 star book). But sadly, despite all of that, I can't really rave over this book. It DID have a lot going for it. Great characters that stay with you and feel real, and a really good storyline that I overall enjoyed. But the ENDING just completely fell apart. It set up this big mystery to be solved - who really killed Kelly Trozzo, and how does it all connect to the "fictional" story written by Kaleb Reed that was really based on his dark past - but the ending was so anticlimactic and confusing. There was no twist, no big reveal. I was left feeling like "what just happened?" Maybe an epilogue or something would have made it better. So yea, I actually did really like this book. I'd say for sure 3.5, but almost 4 if the ending had been better. It really had a lot of promise, and I think Kyle Rutkin is actually a really good author. I'd definitely be interested in reading his next book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brianas_best_reads

    ✨REVIEW✨ First of all I would like to give a huge thank you to the author himself, Kyle Rutkin, for sending me a free signed copy of “She Died Famous” to review. Let me start by saying I absolutely loved this book. It is dark, edgy, and completely captivating. It is a story of not only betrayal and vengeance, but one of obsession, darkness, and the price you pay for fame. It is also a story of handling your inner demons and how every single one of us are dealing with our own wounds. The story its ✨REVIEW✨ First of all I would like to give a huge thank you to the author himself, Kyle Rutkin, for sending me a free signed copy of “She Died Famous” to review. Let me start by saying I absolutely loved this book. It is dark, edgy, and completely captivating. It is a story of not only betrayal and vengeance, but one of obsession, darkness, and the price you pay for fame. It is also a story of handling your inner demons and how every single one of us are dealing with our own wounds. The story itself kept me guessing all the way until the end because I spent the entire book having no idea who killed Kelly Trozzo. This was so fantastic because so many books can be predictable. “She Died Famous” was anything but! The format of the book is new and so perfect for the digital age we live in. The book is written in a combination of blog posts, news articles, and interviews with various characters. This led to a fast paced and fun to read plot. I loved hearing from so many different characters throughout. Overall I would recommend this to readers who love mystery, suspense, unreliable narrators, and books that give you an inside look at what it means to live your life in the spotlight. 5/5 ⭐️ from me! Bravo Rutkin!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    Thank you to Kyle Rutkin for sending me She Died Famous to read and review! . Picture this! I am reading this book, I get spooked so I go around my house and close all the blinds and turn off the AC (because it was making a weird noise). I sit back down and start reading and the window blind flies open. 😰😰😧😧 . Just about peed my pants! 😆 . She Died Famous follows Kaleb Reed and Kelly Trozzo. Kelly Trozzo was a famous pop star who is found dead in her home with the primary subject being Kaleb, an autho Thank you to Kyle Rutkin for sending me She Died Famous to read and review! . Picture this! I am reading this book, I get spooked so I go around my house and close all the blinds and turn off the AC (because it was making a weird noise). I sit back down and start reading and the window blind flies open. 😰😰😧😧 . Just about peed my pants! 😆 . She Died Famous follows Kaleb Reed and Kelly Trozzo. Kelly Trozzo was a famous pop star who is found dead in her home with the primary subject being Kaleb, an author commissioned to write her memoir. In the days that follow, the reader is taken on a wild ride to figure out who exactly killed Kelly. Was it Kaleb? Was it someone else? You will have to read to find out. . This story is DARK! It is filled with demons and obsession and will not be for everyone, but I enjoyed it. Some parts were actually hard to read because it was so realistic and you could feel the characters falling apart. . I loved how the story was told! You learn pieces of information through online blog posts by Kaleb, interviews with Kelly, interviews with Kelly's friends and news articles. I loved this! It was written so well and I really felt like I was listening to a news article or an interview. . I also could not figure out the plot, which is big for me as I read a ton of thrillers. I think this is because of the way the story is told. You get tiny pieces of the jigsaw puzzle as you read that makes it impossible to figure out. The characters were well developed as you learn more about what makes them who they are through the jigsaw puzzle 🧩🧩🧩 . 🖤 If you are a fan of You by Caroline Kepnes and Dark Places by Gillian Flynn then I think you would enjoy this! It gave me those vibes big time! 🖤 . Overall ⭐⭐⭐⭐

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sara Bacon

    Gripping from the beginning, I found myself not wanting to put this book down so I could find out how each of the different characters' stories played out and who ultimately killed Kelly. I loved how the book overlapped multiple storylines and yet everything was held together by the narrative of the inner darkness and demons that live in each of us and the terrifyingly fascinating ways they decide to show up in our lives. This story speaks to the human condition as a whole, and is brought to lif Gripping from the beginning, I found myself not wanting to put this book down so I could find out how each of the different characters' stories played out and who ultimately killed Kelly. I loved how the book overlapped multiple storylines and yet everything was held together by the narrative of the inner darkness and demons that live in each of us and the terrifyingly fascinating ways they decide to show up in our lives. This story speaks to the human condition as a whole, and is brought to life in a thriller that could have easily been any of the lives of the pop stars we know and love today. I had been looking forward to this book for awhile and it did not disappoint!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alex findingmontauk1

    5 stars - full review to come!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Simoriah

    Some of the other reviews mention that this book lingers, and it does. For me, that’s the mark of a successful book, and this one made me think, reflect inward, and feel varying levels of empathy, disgust and curiosity. This book isn’t shallow as it may seem, and it’s about a lot more than a dead Hollywood star. This book takes us down the rabbit hole into several characters who are unreliable, self-absorbed, damaged and at times delusional. But while these types of characters often feel vapid an Some of the other reviews mention that this book lingers, and it does. For me, that’s the mark of a successful book, and this one made me think, reflect inward, and feel varying levels of empathy, disgust and curiosity. This book isn’t shallow as it may seem, and it’s about a lot more than a dead Hollywood star. This book takes us down the rabbit hole into several characters who are unreliable, self-absorbed, damaged and at times delusional. But while these types of characters often feel vapid and lifeless, such as the leads in most Bret Easton Ellis novels, there was a mystery and depth about these people—a sort of sadness at the fact that they are so utterly influenced by fame that they cannot navigate clearly through the world. The story acts as a microcosm where everyone is either famous, trying to be famous, or famous by proxy. “Regular” people don’t really have a place at all aside from the adoring Kelly Trozzo fans, referred to as KTTroops or soldiers, only referenced for their undying love and worship of Trozzo—a tidbit we should all take a moment to digest. The book is very suspenseful and an entertaining read, but it is certainly not light-hearted. The narrator and main murder suspect, Kaleb Reed, refuses to let go of his dark past and intensely focuses his unstable mind on “protecting” women. While this is a familiar trope, the author uses Kaleb’s character to showcase the dangerous combination of his toxic masculinity with a true mental illness. Meanwhile, mega-star Kelly Trozzo is so confused by her own identity that she lives in a complete fantasy world, desperate for love and attention but going about it in a way that leaves her misunderstood by everyone, including herself. Toward the end of the book, I found myself less concerned with finding out who killed who, and more wrapped up in the characters’ bizarre self-images. It almost doesn’t even matter who killed Kelly Trozzo. They all did. We all did.

  8. 5 out of 5

    thebuzzedbookworm

    “The monster had retreated, but it would return. Each time, it struck harder. We shoved it deeper into our souls. Suppressed it. Covered it. Hid. Dulled. We pretended that we would never have to face that dark entity again. The root of our pain and destruction. If we wanted it to end—one day, we would have to look. We would have to face the worst fears inside our hearts. These trapped shadows. This energy that fights and claws to get out. This living, breathing thing that has taken residency ins “The monster had retreated, but it would return. Each time, it struck harder. We shoved it deeper into our souls. Suppressed it. Covered it. Hid. Dulled. We pretended that we would never have to face that dark entity again. The root of our pain and destruction. If we wanted it to end—one day, we would have to look. We would have to face the worst fears inside our hearts. These trapped shadows. This energy that fights and claws to get out. This living, breathing thing that has taken residency inside us. This broken world created it. We buried it. Only light and love and God can destroy it.” —from She Died Famous “Have you ever read a story that lingers far after the final page?” -Kelly Trozzo, She Died Famous That’s the effect this book had on me. The writing in this novel was so beautifully dark and real that it sticks with you, lingers. A story all about the ugly truths that can come from love and addiction and fame, mental illness and abuse, the transience of life and death, @kmrutkin brought it all to life. It was like a psychological thriller version of Daisy Jones & The Six that made friends with Fight Club. The main characters, Kelly Trozzo and Kaleb Reed, both have dark secrets from their pasts and monsters digging their claws into them whose grips they can’t escape. The book is told through blog excerpts from Kaleb, newspaper articles, interviews, and celebrity gossip websites. I appreciated the writing styles that Rutkin chose to use because when dealing with multiple unreliable narrators, it can sometimes give you just enough different pieces of the puzzle to put it together yourself, and keep things interesting. You can feel the struggles and pain that these characters are going through pouring out of this book, and it was very powerful. I think that Kyle Rutkin really has a talent with orchestrating his words into something epic, and I can’t wait to see more from him—because this is only the beginning. *drops mic 🎤 “Where Is My Mind” by The Pixies plays in background* .

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alivia

    I’d like to extend a massive thank you to Kyle Rutkin for sending me a copy of She Died Famous! She Died Famous is a story of drugs, sex, and murder set in famed Hollywood zip codes. Kelly Trozzo, one of the biggest celebrities around, was found dead outside her Los Angeles mansion alongside her manager, Barry Monroe. Through blog posts of our main suspect, author Kaleb Reed, past interview scripts with Trozzo, and interrogation answers from two of her friends, Kyle Rutkin takes us down the dan I’d like to extend a massive thank you to Kyle Rutkin for sending me a copy of She Died Famous! She Died Famous is a story of drugs, sex, and murder set in famed Hollywood zip codes. Kelly Trozzo, one of the biggest celebrities around, was found dead outside her Los Angeles mansion alongside her manager, Barry Monroe. Through blog posts of our main suspect, author Kaleb Reed, past interview scripts with Trozzo, and interrogation answers from two of her friends, Kyle Rutkin takes us down the dangerous path of inner monsters, dark confessions, and personal struggles. This is not a story to be taken lightly and it’s definitely not an uplifting read. However, it is an amazing book that I will forever recommend to fellow readers. The entire novel is formatted as blog posts, flashbacks, and interviews. As a reader, I felt like I was getting an exclusive first look at the days, and years, leading up to the murder of a Hollywood Princess. Rutkin once compared the story’s characteristics to those of Miley Cyrus, Halsey, and Lady Gaga. He wasn’t messing around. I may have a biased viewpoint, as a long-time fan, but Kelly felt like a fictional version of Miley when she had her big comeback, ultimately shedding her teen princess reputation. She found herself and came back better than ever. Except that didn’t last long for Trozzo. Kaleb Reed appeared and inner monsters became more evil than ever, twisting the reader’s theories a dozen different ways. Plot twists and reveals were approached at a rate that left me wondering why we were even questioning “Who Killed Kelly Trozzo?”. We knew who killed her. We’re literally reading his confession as he writes it. Suddenly the reveals started to overwhelm me. I had to stop and try to process what was happening at a few points. Readers were given the most unexpected answers to a seemingly simple crime. There were moments where I started to fade, my interest and intrigue disappearing. I just wanted the killer to confess, to get it over with, it was obvious it was him. He was just dragging it out. Then…BAM! Everything changed. The story ended. We knew who it was. Each victim and their occupying murderer. The unexpected ending left me stunned and emotional for quite awhile after closing the book. Figuring out whether I grasped the true crimes each character, especially our prime suspect, committed was a task unexpected. Honestly, I’m still unsure as to whether my understanding is correct. I’m 90% confident in knowing “Who Killed Kelly Trozzo?”. Usually sudden (and non cliff-hanging) endings would take the rating down a star, but Kyle Rutkin managed to create a lingering finale worthy of the full stars I’d have given prior to the sudden conclusion. If someone seeing this review is considering reading She Died Famous, this is me telling you to go for it. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    This was almost a five star read for me!! A big thank you to the author, Kyle Rutkin for sending me a copy of his book and for being so kind. Things I loved: The writing: The writing was amazing. I was constantly turning pages and found myself only putting down the book when necessary. When I wasn’t reading the book, I was thinking about the book. I just had to know who killed Kelly Trozzo and why. The Format: The story was told in blog posts, interviews and news articles. The writer kept me ver This was almost a five star read for me!! A big thank you to the author, Kyle Rutkin for sending me a copy of his book and for being so kind. Things I loved: The writing: The writing was amazing. I was constantly turning pages and found myself only putting down the book when necessary. When I wasn’t reading the book, I was thinking about the book. I just had to know who killed Kelly Trozzo and why. The Format: The story was told in blog posts, interviews and news articles. The writer kept me very much more engaged by formatting the book this way. I want to say it made the story and the characters more real to me in a way. The Characters: The characters in this book were definitely flawed and realistic. Their flaws didn’t make me dislike them and sometimes that is hard to do. Every character was very distinct and I could picture exactly who they were in my mind. I wish I could sit here and go through every character individually but I don’t want to risk any spoilers for the book. The End: I still continue to think about this book and it’s ending even though I’ve moved on to other books on my tbr. I would definitely recommend this book to other readers and have friends already wanting to read my copy. This copy will be staying on my shelf and I will be purchasing another copy to pass around. I look forward to anything Kyle Rutkin publishes in the future. If he writes it, I will read it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Allen

    “Set in Hollywood, She Died Famous is an innovative thriller that exposes the dark side of fame and obsession in today’s digital landscape. The story’s shocking twists and unreliable narrator will have every reader asking: Who killed Kelly Trozzo?” [email protected] Rutkin This story is a dark tale about sex, drugs, demons, fame, obsession and murder. It is told in a few different viewpoints: an interview Kelly gave before her death, an interview from Lizzy (her bff) and Jez (her obsessive assistant) after “Set in Hollywood, She Died Famous is an innovative thriller that exposes the dark side of fame and obsession in today’s digital landscape. The story’s shocking twists and unreliable narrator will have every reader asking: Who killed Kelly Trozzo?” [email protected] Rutkin ⁣ This story is a dark tale about sex, drugs, demons, fame, obsession and murder. It is told in a few different viewpoints: an interview Kelly gave before her death, an interview from Lizzy (her bff) and Jez (her obsessive assistant) after Kelly died, Kaleb’s memories from 4 years ago and Kaleb’s online blog in real time. It sounds hectic but the book actually flows really well so there’s no confusion when reading. ⁣ ⁣ What I liked most about this book were three things: ⁣ 1. Loved the description of Kelly’s concerts! Loud, Energetic and Fun! It gave a big insight on who Kelly was as a person. ⁣ 2. Idk how Kyle was able to write Lizzy and Jez’s polar opposite perspectives but he did a great job! It takes skill to be able to have both characters recall one event but have two completely different versions of it and you still can’t tell who’s right. ⁣ 3. Kyle mentioned on his insta that he had to mentally go through a dark phase to bring these characters to life and it really showed. To be able to write about fame and the drug usage the way he did, was incredible. He shows an insight on what it’s like battling with your internal demons while trying to find something good to hold onto in order to get better.⁣

  12. 5 out of 5

    M.

    It was a good read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    A Thrilling Thriller! Wow! This author has matured by leaps and bounds!! The writing is so vivid I felt like I was watching a movie in my head. Glitz and glamour has a dark, seedy underbelly. The twists and turns, the truth and the lies, the love and the hate. It’s all there for the reader to sift through. Do I hear sequel? Movie? What a wild ride!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Moira

    The story unfolds using blog posts, police interview transcripts, news articles and an interview with the victim instead of a straight narrative. You’re constantly wondering who’s lying, who’s guilty, what’s real and what’s not and of course what’s going to happen next. I do wish the book within the book was available to read. The story unfolds using blog posts, police interview transcripts, news articles and an interview with the victim instead of a straight narrative. You’re constantly wondering who’s lying, who’s guilty, what’s real and what’s not and of course what’s going to happen next. I do wish the book within the book was available to read. ⁣

  15. 5 out of 5

    Monique Gallardo

    This book is AMAZING. I finished it in 2 days! It is super well written and I love that the story is broken up into news articles , interviews, and blog posts; It keeps the story fresh and gives you a lot of different perspectives - The story kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time ! I also really love the characters and their own internal struggles, I always love a good light vs dark good vs evil kind of story ! Definitely read this book !

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    LOVE this book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alisha Noelle

    A captivating thriller. I was intrigued by kelly and reed’s relationship and quickly sucked in. All of the twists kept me on my toes and I stayed up reading because I had to know how it ended! Definitely would recommend this book with similarities to the silent patient and gone girl.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    A great psychological thriller written in a format unlike any other book I’ve read. You will be captivated from the beginning and the last page will still leave you wondering!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

  20. 5 out of 5

    Erica Nargizian

  21. 5 out of 5

    Peyton Hammond

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Bokma

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kalee

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (UnshelvedEdition)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Merissa

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carol

  27. 4 out of 5

    DeAnna

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey L. Tanner

  29. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

  30. 4 out of 5

    Taylor

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