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 womenthe Black Dahlia, Chandra Levy, Nicole Brown Simpson, among many othersand the works are as compelling as they are disturbing, implicating a culture that is too accustomed to violence against women.As the citys richest art patrons pour into the Rocque Museums opening night, all the staff, including editor Maggie Richter, hope the event will be enough to save the historic institutions 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 on the up-and-coming gallerist Greg Shaw Ferguson, who happens to be Maggies ex. A rogues gallery of eccentric art world figures could also have motive for the act, and as Maggie gets drawn into her own investigation of Lords disappearance, shell ...
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Still Lives Reviews
Make your life about the things and the people that matter to you, the ones worth saving. Keep them well and let the dead go. The dead already know their ending.
A literary mystery surrounding the disappearance of an enigmatic painter set in the world of museums and galleries drew me to this story, but it was the author’s writing that kept me reading. Hummel manages to infuse the narrative with a noir quality as she exposes the underbelly of Los Angeles along with some nefarious art world collect ...more
If you, yes YOU, read only one work of literary fiction this year, make it Still Lives!
In Still Lives, Maria Hummel uses elegant, thoughtful and utterly quotable writing to whisk us into the sleek life of LA where artist Kim Lord is missing.
It was not the conclusion of the story that has me so excited about this book, nor is it the actual Kim Lord story line at all really. This book comes down to two things for me; language and people.
**Language**. Right now I can't really pinpoint why Maria Hu ...more
"Still Lives offers its readers a combination of entertainment and brilliance. It's at once profound and suspenseful, the ending had me gasping in surprise!. The book as a whole asks important questions about art and representation and how we, as a culture, objectify and endanger and victimize women.
Maria Hummel has written a remarkable, relevant, and necessary novel."—
Kim Lord is an avant-garde figure, feminist icon, and agent provocateur in the L.A. art scene. Her groundbreaking new exhibitio ...more
DNF @ 55%
What a disappointment.
Still Lives is well written, but it's far from thrilling or page turning. Perhaps most disappointing is how little the author has to say about violence against women. The entire story revolves around the potentially violent disappearance of an artist who created an exhibition featuring paintings of some of history's most well-remembered murdered women. Yet the author never makes a statement, nor is there any serious discussion of these issues within the book.
I li ...more
“Never look for the what. Find the who. Who gets hurt. Who gains. Whose life will never be the same.”
I’ve seen some reviews lamenting that this isn’t the thrilling page-turner they expected, and that’s true, it isn’t. It’s more of a slow burn noir about the LA art world, with a missing woman at the center.
On the opening night of her new museum exhibition featuring self-portraits in which she depicts herself as famous murdered women, artist Kim Lord disappears.
Maggie Richter, who works at the mus ...more
Picked up this audiobook on Hoopla. It was a botm pick previously, so I thought I’d give it a try. But, like many contemporary murder mystery/thrillers, I found the story unrealistic, plot thin, and characters ridiculous. I don’t understand why women in these stories all make such bad decisions. This one was a disappointment for me, and I’m starting to think that this just isn’t my genre.
*3.5 stars rounded up.
Maggie Richter works for a private art museum in L.A. and they are getting ready to present an exhibit of paintings by Kim Lord called Still Lives, depicting the gruesome deaths of several young women, all famous cases torn from the headlines. Kim has also been living with Maggie's former lover Greg, and this still rankles with the broken-hearted Maggie. On the night of the Grand Opening, Kim is a no-show and soon her disappearance is investigated as a possible murder, wit ...more
(Review copy received via Edelweiss. Sampled. Included in my newsletter 15/05/18)
A provocative artist disappears just as her new exhibition opens, and a young museum staffer is pulled into the mystery.
Will I finish reading it? I'm really disappointed in the vibe Still Lives is giving me: it reads like chick-lit, which is fine but not what I expected or wanted. I've read two chapters and they're mostly just the protagonist mooning over her ex. Don't think I will be going any further with this one ...more