A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
A young editor at an LA art museum finds herself pulled into the disturbing and dangerous world of a famous artist who goes missing on the opening night of her shocking new exhibition
As the party of the year gets underway, celebrities and patrons pour into the Rocque Museum to see Kim Lord - L.A.'s artist of the moment - stabbed, strangled, shot, and beaten. It's the opening night of Still Lives, Kim's new collection of shockingly graphic self-portraits, in which she impersonates the victims of America's most famous homicides, from Nicole Brown Simpson to the Black Dahlia.
The crowd eagerly await Kim's arrival, but she fails to appear at the gala. Among those gathered is Maggie Richter, a museum editor whose ex, Greg Shaw Ferguson, is in a relationship with Kim. When Kim is declared officially missing, and Greg is arrested on suspicion of murder, Maggie is drawn into an investigation of her own, haunted by the thought that Kim has suffered the same terrible fate as the women in her paintings.
About the Author
Maria Hummel is the author of Motherland, a San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Year. She worked as a writer/editor at MOCA in Los Angeles, then received a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University and taught there for many years. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of Vermont, and lives in Vermont with her husband and sons.
A thrilling mystery... still keeps us up at night, it's THAT good - Reese WitherspoonVivid, vibrant and thrilling
... with an ending every bit as dramatic
as the deaths [Kim] Lord has painted - ObserverUnique, smart and uneasy
. . . what captivates us about Still Lives
is its feminist undertones, cleverly exploring the way violence against women is used as entertainment, while still providing a tight and addictive read
- Good Housekeeping
literary thriller . . . not only a taut, elegant mystery
, but a subtle examination
of the way in which American society has become obsessed with the violent deaths of strikingly beautiful women - Daily MailSensational
. . . not only a satisfying mystery
, but also an ambitious
and often uncomfortable study of gender, violence and art - GuardianFrank
and incredibly relatable
. . . an intriguing
, and often disturbing
, read - Irish News
Savvy and lyrical - the perfect beach read
- Wall Street Journal