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
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WINNER OF STYLIST BOOK WARS
THE POOL'S DECEMBER BEDTIME BOOK CLUB PICK
SHORTLISTED FOR AMAZON'S BEST MYSTERY/THRILLER OF THE YEAR
'Thrilling' Reese Witherspoon
'Elegant' Daily Mail
'Wonderful' Sunday Times
'Compelling' Entertainment Weekly
'Lyrical' Wall Street Journal
'Stunning' LA Times
'Smart' Good Housekeeping
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.
'Think a mix of KILLING EVE and . . . one of those thrillers that keeps you up till 2am when you've a 6am alarm and you're close to the mark' Stylist
Perfect for fans of Perfect for fans of GONE GIRL, SHARP OBJECTS and BIG LITTLE LIES.
A thrilling mystery... still keeps us up at night, it's THAT good - Reese Witherspoon
[A] smart, opinionated thriller - The Pool
Savvy and lyrical - the perfect beach read - Wall Street Journal
A deeply affecting examination of how our culture fetishizes female victims of crime -it will also have readers feverishly turning pages... a stunning achievement - LA Times
The fast-paced feminist thriller about the L.A. art world you don't want to miss... An electrifying mystery - Bustle
Gripping... the smartest, most original page-turner I've read in a long time
- Maggie Shipstead, author of Seating Arrangements
A taut thriller with a delectable final 100 pages. It reaches an addictive pitch that all books of this ilk aspire to... and she writes a hell of an ending - Los Angeles Review of Books
A mysterious page turner - Time Magazine
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.