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 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 of 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 upon 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 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 worlds hall of mirrors, and one womans journey into the belly of an industry flooded with money and secrets....
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Still Lives Reviews
Too many words. All over the place. And just boring. An interesting concept, but it just felt flat.
I'm quickly coming to realize that books about possession or art just don't work for me all that well. While this one is centered around a missing artist and the behind the scenes of where she could possibly be, the underlying world of art and what people consider art just does not interest me.
At one point, I thought this was going to go in the direction of Exhibit Alexandra and I was going to be REALLY MAD about it. Thankfully it did NOT. For that I thank you, Hummel.
I think this book is more ...more
“Not every woman fantasizes about being a sex slave or starlet or murder victim! Some of us just want to get sucked into a good novel and grow our own tomatoes one day when we have more time”.
How might you feel if your ex boyfriend
opens up an Art Gallery.... offers you a dream job ...then begins shacking up with *Kim Lord*....whose ‘every’ painting,
“is so powerful it makes your eyes bleed”.
.....who also happens to be a ‘no show’
at her grand Galla art exhibition with over 300 guests expected? ...more
Everyone seems to be giving this book at least 4 stars but in reality just like art is subjective so are books. I really, and I mean, really struggled with this book at least until 60% of the story. It’s not that it is a badly written book, it was just boring and slow. The other half of the book gets a bit better but the ending did not wow me and by the time I was done with the book I was tired of reading it.
I’d like to thank Edelweiss for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my hon ...more
I really enjoyed this book to the point where I read it in a day.
I thought Maggie was quite relatable as a narrator, and I enjoyed the exploration of her past and how it drove her current relationships and choices.
The exploration of the art world was also interesting, for the ins and outs of collecting is something of which I know very little.
I had a couple complaints, though.
First, I know Hummel wanted us to worry about Maggie and fear for her safety, but I did not find the attempt at building ...more
This was a pretty disappointing read. The description made it sound like a book that was right up my alley. And while everything mentioned in the blurb does in fact happen in the book, it's not told in as thrilling of a way as you might expect. In fact, for a 275 page book, the first 100-150 pages or so are fairly unexciting. Things happen and you (sort of) get to know the characters, but it's not very engaging.
Another issue I had with this book was that I never felt like I was able to understan ...more
Honestly. One of the worst books I have read this year. However it is not for a lack of trying. I just couldn’t connect with any of the characters and the story never seemed to get off the ground. I was really disappointed because I was looking forward to reading this and it was a let down.
I skimmed half the book just to figure out what happened at the end.
(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