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Publisher's Summary

A Reese Witherspoon Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick. 

Kim Lord's face looked back at me, disguised in paint and the features of a murdered woman. 

Revered artist Kim Lord is about to unveil her most shocking show yet: Still Lives, a series of self-portraits in which she impersonates the female victims of America's most famous homicides, from Nicole Brown Simpson to the Black Dahlia. 

As celebrities and rich patrons pour into LA's Rocque Museum for the opening night, the attendees wait eagerly for Kim's arrival. All except Maggie Richter, museum editor and ex-girlfriend of Greg Shaw Ferguson, Kim's new boyfriend. But Kim never shows up to her party, and the crowd's impatience slowly turns to unease. 

When Greg is arrested on suspicion of murder, it seems that life is imitating art. Has Kim suffered the same fate as the women in her paintings? As Maggie is drawn into an investigation of her own, she uncovers dark and deadly truths that will change her life forever....

©2018 Maria Hummel (P)2018 Quercus Editions Limited

Critic Reviews

"A thrilling mystery... still keeps us up at night, it's that good." (Reese Witherspoon)

"A gripping and entertaining mystery, and a biting cultural critique that seeks to understand our obsession with the violent deaths of beautiful women." (Bustle)

"A taut thriller...she writes a hell of an ending." (LA Review of Books)

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Kept listening for it to improve but ... 🤨

Ugh! The Narration. Could have possibly saved the plot that skipped around, was dull & long-winded and difficult to follow. Instead the narration made it an almost unbearable listen. Again. ugh. The art world concept interesting but barely accessible to the average punter .. this could have been a redeeming feature but....ugh

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This was a good listen. It did drag a little but it was good. The twist was a surprise to me. I would absolutely recommend!

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