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
ISBN9781619021112
Author
Release DateJun 5th, 2018
PublisherCounterpoint Press
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller
Rating

Reviews Still Lives

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    1970-01-01
    ”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...
  • Diane S ☔
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    "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 ...
  • Meredith B
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Cindy Burnett
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    “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,...
  • Andi (Booklovinmama25)
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Anna At A Wondrous Bookshelf
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Sue
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Casey Frank
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Carol
    1970-01-01
    Los Angeles was the lure to read this book for me. I lived a bus ride away in the 1980 and 1990s, so I wanted the atmosphere. I got that and also a very hard to put down mystery too. I have been reading it all day and have just finished it. 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 pre...
  • natalie
    1970-01-01
    I always have to thank Goodreads for giving me the opportunity to win books. And this book is no exception.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 ...
  • Alex Miklos
    1970-01-01
    While reading Still Lives, (lives pronounced like wives) I was completely on edge and immersed in the story that I couldn't put it down. I needed to know what was going on and who was responsible. While reading, I was also double checking that I locked doors because I was a little freaked out and it had me second guess.
  • Rachel Christine
    1970-01-01
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐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...
  • Jenny
    1970-01-01
    A biting commentary of allegory on society's way to view women, their autonomy, their sexuality, their very personhood. It is the first time I've read a book that addresses the fears I feel when traveling alone, and that I felt when I lived alone also. A constant fear of who can you trust. 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 t...
  • It'sBrynanas
    1970-01-01
    This is a gripping and imaginative story that I enjoyed the whole way through. Having said that, I think it could've used a bit more editing. There's a touch of a love story that shadows these pages, but it keeps pretending it might be a love triangle and it can't decide who the other man should be. Kevin, the reporter introduced in the beginning, is replaced by Hendricks, the PI, about halfway through the story and I felt there was a (hint of?) ...
  • Ashley
    1970-01-01
    The former art historian and museum professional loved this thriller. The money infused world of contemporary art and the fetishization of violence against women makes for an interesting plot and setting. The book has a lot of narrative speed and I found myself reading very quickly. Like other folks have said, however, I found the writing a little bit flat and some of the metaphors forced.
  • Heather Gallup
    1970-01-01
    Not only was this book well-thought out and well-written, but the author also manages to pull intense differing emotions from the reader. The book focuses on portraying the endless number of women's lives that are taken by horrendous murders every day and demonstrates how quickly society jumps from one novelty story about murder to the next. At the same time, she shows that evil can be disguised in any form and shape, even in that of another woma...
  • Rachel Watkins
    1970-01-01
    Art is life and art imitates life in this novel about a female artist caught up as a commodity in the art world. Maria Hummel gives us a birds-eye-view of the inner workings of an art gallery in this thrilling novel.
  • Ashley Murphy
    1970-01-01
    Too many words. All over the place. And just boring. An interesting concept, but it just felt flat.
  • Kelsey
    1970-01-01
    Probably wasn't smart to read late at night, but I was motivated to keep reading once I got into it. The author managed a good level of suspense throughout. The musings about how the art world works were interesting without being too jargon filled or pretentious.
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    Well written mystery! Characters are rich and interesting. Plenty of twists and turns as the author slowly unravels the story.
  • Keturah
    1970-01-01
    I have some mixed feelings on the writing of this book, but it captured my imagination in a good way. I especially like the Los Angeles noir theme it has going on. The characters were likable and the story was interesting. I loved the museum and art world background and the many mentions of provenance! I did feel the writing had some continuity problems and gaps, but would recommend it.
  • Nicholas
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Catherine Coles
    1970-01-01
    STILL LIFE is clever mystery set against the backdrop of LA’s art scene. It follows Maggie, a transplant from Vermont, who is working at a museum where a famous young artist’s new exhibit is about to be unveiled. Kim Lord, the artist, is a known provocateur. When she doesn’t show up for her own opening, some even wonder whether she is pulling a stunt. It soon becomes clear, though, that foul play is at hand...and Maggie’s ex-boyfriend (an...
  • Sarai Davila
    1970-01-01
    This book was a tightly woven and intriguing mystery, and one that spotlights some serious issues in our entertainment world. We love the murder of women--especially when it is violent and brutal. It's in a lot of our entertainment, even as we move into a future of feminism. That being said, this book didn't totally deliver on the social commentary.I think my favorite thing about this was that even though this was a mystery, the main character st...