Still Lives by Maria Hummel

Still Lives

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,...

Details Still Lives

TitleStill Lives
Release DateJun 5th, 2018
PublisherCounterpoint Press
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller

Reviews Still Lives

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    ”For the four years I’ve lived in Los Angeles, the Rocque Museum has been my workplace and my university, offering me a degree in contemporary art and the cosmopolitan life---brilliant as the blues in a Sam Francis painting, decadent as a twenty-four-karat cast of a cat testicle. Most days pass in a pleasurable blur of words and pictures. Most nights I hate to leave my little office, especially on April evenings like this, when I can look ove...
  • Larry H
    3.5 stars.The Rocque Museum was one of Los Angeles' hidden treasures—an art museum for art lovers and collectors more than for tourists. While this set the institution apart, this also took a toll on its finances. Everyone is desperate for a hit exhibition, including the founder's daughter, who is tired of bailing out the museum and the director, who is worried about job security.They think they've found it in Still Lives , an exhibition by ar...
  • Diane S ☔
    The glittering world of art can be at once insightful and nasty. Set in L. A at a prestigious gallery that is having money problems, a new show featuring the avant garde, often shocking Kim Lord. Her latest installations are paintings of women who were mudered in Los Angeles, including Nicole zBrown Simpson and the Black Dahlia. Lord uses her own face and body but the manner of death is prominently and sometimes graphically displayed. Maggie, a c...
  • Maxwell
    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 ...
  • Elyse
    “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 boyfriendopens 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...
  • Meredith B. (readingwithmere)
    4 Stars!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...
  • Sarah
    "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 ...
  • MaryBeth's Bookshelf
    Kim Lord is a famous artist with a very controversial show about to open when she mysteriously disappears. Editor Maggie Richter finds herself sucked in to the scandal as she tries to figure out what happened to Kim, while struggling to reconcile with her own demons.I had a lot of hope for this book - set in Los Angeles, art world, scandal....but, something just didn't click with me. I could not get into the story or the characters. I am clearly ...
  • Victoria
    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...
  • Cindy Burnett
    4.5 starsStill 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...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    When a crime novel is set in a very specific place or time or industry, it can sometimes feel more like a gimmick than something where the story flows organically from it. But in STILL LIVES, more than any novel about art in my recent memory, the gallery and the art all feel alive and honest. Perhaps the thing that's bothered me most about novels about art and artists is the way the reader just has to accept that the art is vibrant and interestin...
  • Jessica Sullivan
    “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,...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    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 t...
  • Anna At A Wondrous Bookshelf
    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 p...
  • Caidyn (BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    You can find all of my reviews here!1/5 – DNF at pg. 234 (85%)TW: mentions of graphic crimes against women and murderWell, here we are. Another DNF review from me. And I was so sure that I would like this book!The basic premise of this is that Kim Lord is an artist. She exploits people for her exhibits. This time, she exploits women who were murdered in horrible crimes. Nicole Brown Simpson, The Black Dahlia, Chandra Levy, and many others. The ...
  • Barbara
    Praise for “Still Lives” by Maria HummelA May BOOK OF THE MONTH Selection Amazon1 of 22 New Books to Read This Summer (TIME)1 of 20 New Books to Read in June (Entertainment Weekly)1 of 30 Exciting New Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List (Buzzfeed)The above is what attracted me to “Still Lives”. The novel has gotten a lot of press, so naturally I must read it lol. “Still Lives” is a thriller set in the art scene of Los Angeles. I ...
  • Andi (Booklovinmama25)
    Kim Lord, a feminist icon and avant-garde figure creates her disturbing self-portraits based off of famous murdered women such as the Black Dahlia, Chandra Levy and Nicole Brown Simpson. But things start turning around when Kim Lord doesn’t show up to her opening night and is presumed missing. Suspicions of her disappearance revolve around her boyfriend Greg Shaw Ferguson. With a culture that fetishes violence against women, Still Lives digs de...
  • Janelle
    Many thanks to Counterpoint Press for providing my free copy of STILL LIVES by Maria Hummel - all opinions are my own.First off, this cover is unbelievably stunning! And second, it’s a mystery with a centralized theme of art...SOLD. A feminist and artist Kim Lord is putting out a provocative new exhibition at LA’s Rocque Museum called STILL LIVES. It is a series of chilling, grisly, and eerie self-portraits paintings of the artist posing as f...
  • Meranda
    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.
  • Darinda
    Maggie works in an art gallery where an exciting new exhibition is premiering. The exhibition is by Kim Lord, and includes self-portraits depicting herself as famous murder victims. On opening night, Kim is a no-show. As hours and days pass, it appears something sinister may have happened to Kim. Maggie starts asking questions, and trying to piece together what has happened to Kim. This story is told from Maggie's point of view. As Maggie looks i...
  • Ashley Murphy
    Too many words. All over the place. And just boring. An interesting concept, but it just felt flat.
  • Nicholas
    I really wanted to like this -- I love a good mystery -- but I just found it really unconvincing, especially the big reveals and all the details to be tied up at the end.
  • Pamela Glass
    This book has received some bewilderingly high reviews. I was surprised at how slowly this "thriller" moved. It wasn't a difficult read by any means, and as a person with interests in art and it's strange intersection with capitalism, as well as feminism and the incredibly high numbers of acts of violence against women, it seemed like a really promising premise. Sadly, I found reading it a chore.Hummel goes into such intricate detail describing v...
  • Thekelburrows
    A four-star thriller awarded an extra star for being feminist AF.
  • Jamie Canaves
    A Mystery in the Modern Art WorldAn 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 disappear...
  • Sue
    This suspense novel takes place in the world of art. It may sound like a strange setting but I can assure you that this is a real page turner that will have you racing to the end.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 requ...
  • Jenny
    Still Lives takes the reader on a mystery set in the L.A. art world.A famous artist, Kim Lord, goes missing on the opening night of her exhibit, "Still Lives."The exhibit is controversial because the portraits are of famous women like the Black Dahlia, Nicole Brown Simpson and other murdered women.There is definitely a lot of buzz and talk around the exhibit. When no one can find Lord on opening night, Maggie Richter, one of the museums editors, ...
  • Casey Frank
    I was excited to see this book as a Book of the Month selection a month before the official publication date. After my box arrived I ended up reading the book in just a couple of sitting across two days as it was compelling, and a nicely compact story at a little under 300 pages.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 bo...