Published by Counterpoint on June 5, 2018
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A young editor at a Los Angeles art museum finds herself pulled into the disturbing and dangerous world of a famous artist who goes missing on the opening night of her exhibition
Kim Lord is an avant garde figure, feminist icon, and agent provocateur in the L.A. art scene. Her groundbreaking new exhibition Still Lives is comprised of self-portraits depicting herself as famous, murdered women—the Black Dahlia, Chandra Levy, Nicole Brown Simpson, among many others—and the works are as compelling as they are disturbing, implicating a culture that is too accustomed to violence against women.
As the city’s richest art patrons pour into the Rocque Museum’s opening night, all of the staff, including editor Maggie Richter, hope the event will be enough to save the historic institution’s flailing finances.
Except Kim Lord never shows up to her own gala.
Fear mounts as the hours and days drag on and Lord remains missing. Suspicion falls upon the up-and-coming gallerist Greg Shaw Ferguson, who happens to be Maggie’s ex. A rogue’s gallery of eccentric art world figures could also have motive for the act, and as Maggie gets drawn into her own investigation of Lord’s disappearance, she’ll come to suspect all of those closest to her.
Set against a culture that too often fetishizes violence against women, Still Lives is a page-turning exodus into the art world’s hall of mirrors, and one woman’s journey into the belly of an industry flooded with money and secrets.
Book Review: Still Lives by Maria Hummell
This was August’s pick for Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club. I started this book on audio but it didn’t grab me so I ended up finishing 70% as a book when I got it from the library. This book was also a Book of the Month pick back in May.
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Get ready for a book you won’t be able to put down: @reesewitherspoon’s August pick for @hellosunshine is #StillLives by @mariahummel5656! It’s a thrilling mystery that will leave you wondering which characters you can and can’t trust. The story follows a controversial female artist in LA who suddenly goes missing, and everybody around her looks guilty. There’s a twist at the end that still keeps us up at night, it’s THAT good. And the suspense in the @audible_com version is so real—you can really hear the fear and tension… just thinking about it gives us chills. Tap the link in bio to get started with #HelloSunshineOnAudible. We can’t wait to hear what you think!
This is the story of Kim Lord a famous artist who disappears during the launch of her new exhibit. The story dives into the mystery surrounding Kim Lord’s disappearance and her role within the art world.
Here are my thoughts: this book had potential but it just missed the mark. I didn’t understand why we followed the main character Maggie Ritcher the ex-girlfriend of Kim Lord’s current boyfriend. I would be more interesting following the killer, Kim Lord or even the boyfriend. Within the book, there is a subplot line regarding a murder that happened before Maggie moved to LA. I didn’t feel this book had any resolution.
The plot twists regarding Kim’s discovery were far fetch. It just didn’t make sense.
My feels: Skip this book!
I have read 8 of Reese’s Book Picks and well it was bound to happen to get a dud. However, I just need to gush about September’s pick of When the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens which I read and loved. That one you should definitely pick!
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