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 fam...more
Another issue I had with this book was that I never felt like I was able to understan ...more
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
by Sarah Bedwell
In the world of mystery novels, there’s an elephant in the room that no one’s talking about: society’s fascination with violence against women. Don’t get me wrong, I love this genre, but sometimes I find myself wanting a little more feminism to go with all the female victimhood. Luckily, I found this in Still Lives, a suspenseful, splashy story about fame, sex, and how our culture views women’s bodies.
Kim Lord is a prominent and provocative artist whose new show—a se ...more
Thank you to Counterpoint Press for sending me a free finished copy of Still Lives!
This book's subject matter is unlike anything I've read before. It centers around the art community which frankly I don't have much knowledge of. Ultimately this book is a mystery about a missing person but the way the author wove in the Art community was very interesting.
Kim Lord is a famous artist and it's her opening night of a her new exhibit. She takes on a tough subject when it comes to her art: abus ...more
Still Lives is a fascinating read set in Los Angeles that focuses on the disappearance of an up-and-coming artist right before the opening night of her exhibition. The book is significantly darker and more grim than I usually tolerate, but the originality of the plot and the subject matter kept me reading at a furious pace to find what was going to happen next.
Maggie Richter works as an editor at the Rocque Museum and has mixed feelings about Kim Lord’s exhibition, self-portraits of Lo ...more
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
I’d like to thank Edelweiss for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my hon ...more
An interesting read which used art to speak about violence towards women. Maggie Richter is an editor for an LA museum who is currently working with the rest of the staff to save their museum with this one, hopefully great, art show. The artist of the show is Kim Lord whose exhibit is paintings of famous crime scenes where women were murdered that she has painted herself into. The problem is Kim Lord has disappeared on opening night. I’d say the first half of the ...more
Kim Lord has a new show opening at a small museum in LA. Though we never meet her in the novel, we know all about her art. Her new show depicts women who have been murdered at the scene of their murders. It's a violent unsettling show but one that has all the needed requirements to be very popular. The novel starts on o ...more
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
There's something about the air of the story and the amateur sleuth at the center of the story that it reminded me of Pessel's "Night Film." Maybe it's because in both books horror is at the center of art, and it comes w ...more
Thanks to Counterpoint Press for provid ...more
I skimmed half the book just to figure out what happened at the end.
Maggie Richter is working a modern art museum in down town Los Angeles like the author and that gives authenticity to her description of the city's art scene and what it was like to work there. She had not prepared for this career but landed in it because of ...more
I was going to give this book four stars due to the anticlimactic feeling to the ending of the book, but then I reconsidered as I thought about the story and the commentary on the value of women's lives as obj ...more
Sometimes I have a hard time giving a book a rating and rating "Still Lives" by Maria Hummel was one of those times. I almost didn't finish the book, because it took forever to feel a real interest in getting to the end. Of course, I know nothing about art and/or the art world, so the "art" interest wasn't there for me. The portraits of the women was a draw, because violence against women i ...more
Hummel goes into such intricate detail describing very famous murders and kidnappings, not just once, ...more
Let me preface this review by saying that this book was a breath of fresh air compared to so many other thrillers out there. I feel like "domestic" thrillers have become the trend lately thanks to Paula Hawkins and Gillian Flynn, and frankly, I'm getting bored with them. The few I've read this year (The Wife Between Us, The Woman in the Window, The Perfect Mother) have all been fine, but nothing that's blown me away. I'm also tired of the "unreliable" female leads in these books ... it seems ...more
I was immediately drawn to this book upon reading the description. A missing woman within the art world with a feminist message? That sounds right up my alley. I'm also a fan of any book that chooses to make the setting another character. And while I did overall enjoy the story, the book felt a little too disjointed for me to become completely enveloped in Maggie's story and the mystery of Kim Lord.
There are some beautiful quotes i ...more