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Publisher's Summary

A Reese's Book Club x Hello Sunshine on Audible Pick 

"It's the ultimate mystery...The suspense will keep you up all night." (Reese Witherspoon)

Kim Lord is an avant garde figure, feminist icon, and agent provocateur in the LA 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, among many others - and the works are as compelling as they are disturbing, implicating a culture that is too accustomed to violence against women. 

As the city's richest art patrons pour into the Rocque Museum's opening night, all of the staff, including editor Maggie Richter, hope the event will be enough to save the historic institution's flailing finances. Except Kim Lord never shows up to her own gala. Fear mounts as the hours and days drag on and Lord remains missing. Suspicion falls upon the up-and-coming gallerist Greg Shaw Ferguson, who happens to be Maggie's ex. A rogue's gallery of eccentric art world figures could also have motive for the act, and as Maggie gets drawn into her own investigation of Lord's disappearance, she'll come to suspect all of those closest to her.

©2018 Maria Hummel (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Typical murder mystery

Great story but no so much I got really hooked to the story. Again, it is a typical murder solving plot.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Irritated

There isn't a doubt that this is a talented and extremely intellectual author. However, she lets you know these things using an irritating method whereby she spends the entire narrative criticising the intellectual snobbery of the upper crust art world while she is definitely writing this novel as a member of their equivalent in the literary world, which is fine but half the book is spent smoothly talking down to or educating the reader. If you want to write a thriller, please don't bore your audience with that nonsense, we're smarter than you think and when I buy a thriller I don't feel like being educated. You ARE an excellent author who should be writing great novels.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • MomTo8
  • Papillion, NE, US
  • 08-13-18

ummm ... no

After listening to more than a dozen books this summer, this has been the most disappointing. The narrator's voice does not match the main character's traits. The storyline drags. This was a painful read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • jestans
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • 08-12-18

Second fail from Reese

This is our second try of books from Reese Witherspoon’s book lists. Both were awful! So disappointed. Save yourself the time and boredom and skip this.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Can’t stop listening!

I love the narration! The different voices really make the story sensational. I am loving the suspense left at the end of each chapter

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Very engaging and well performed

This is a great story that keeps you engaged throughout! The performance is very well done.

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Didn’t catch my attention

I barely caught myself paying attention with this book and the voice seemed a little too monotoned for me.

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Wanting to read more

This book caught my attention as part of Reese’s Book Club and I’m glad I got it. Characters are interesting and plot was unique. Narration held my attention too.

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Juxtaposition

In my opinion this book was well technically written, but it feels like a checklist from an outline. I tired of the main character’s one dimensional perspective and the contrived progression of the story.

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Too many adjectival lists, metaphors, similies!

ARGH! I'm one who reads the end of the book first - to make sure I'm not wasting my time - if I cannot immediately see how the book goes by that last page or two, I will read it. If the last moment IS the last reveal, then why spend all that time on the journey?

This was an Audible book for me, through the Hello Shunshine (I meant that!) book club and this should have been shunned. I had no option to catch those last two pages. . . .maybe I should work something out with the chapters. Anyway.

Story itself, so many red herrings, characters, fashion details from a person who seemed to care less about her own self, and metaphor, adjectives, similies and analogies, oy! Made me tired. Like a knot that need untying every few minutes. I love mysteries, but this was not that - it was a statement, but not sure of what - it seemed to be many, but no particular statement felt throughly stated. Just minor suggestions.

Narrator - didn't like the voice - felt pushed and petulant. Like she was constantly irritated to be reading this book. I had a slightly fellow feeling. . .but she was getting paid, so could have toned it down.

I'm moving on. One star is generous. Just sayin'.