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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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I want to be nice,but please don't waste a credit.

I'm not sure which part we're supposed to care about more....the boring main character whose copy editing job at a museum seems to be a shallow cover for being a private detective (which sounds so much more interesting than it actually is in this story) or the artist whose subject is actually interesting, but is as far as possible from being the focus. There is a lot about this book that could have been great, but it just doesn't work for me. I only recommend if you get this as a gift or have a free credit.

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  • CB
  • 08-23-18

Not my favorite

It was a little boring so I would often find myself not paying attention and then not really knowing what was going on....and I didn’t care all that much to go back. Also, the narrator was not the right match for this character/story in my opinion.
I normally really enjoy Reese book club picks but this is one of the few I wish I had skipped.

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sorry. didn't like this book.

the story dragged on and on. too much on the shallow and viciousness the people of the LA scene art scene.

15 of 16 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.

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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.

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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.

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not for me..

I struggled to finish the book, it was boring. I must have fallen asleep so many times listening that I'd have to rewind just to realize I didn't miss anything.

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  • Sam
  • Bend, OR, United States
  • 09-10-18

It never really got of the ground.

It must be book for women, or maybe the hype associated with promoting the book caused me to have unreal expectations. At all events, for me the book was just okay.

Maggie Richter, the story's protagonist, is a museum art historian and an accidental detective. The accidental detective is fun and often used literary device. However, along the way, we must endure a good deal of Maggie's self-examination. She has trauma from a current murder and trauma from a tangentially similar event in the past. Add to this a relationship issue, and we're subjected to a good deal of internal dialogue sans any conclusion or epiphany. To me, the so-called Chautauqua was monotonous, and not too relevant to the story. I must add here that I'm not a sophisticated reader, and for the most part, symbolism, subtext, etc. generally pass me by.

Events near the end of the story causes Maggie's awakening, and we know she will persevere. The story is about the enormity of violence inflicted on women, which we should always be aware of, even though it makes us uncomfortable. It made me uncomfortable. To Ms. Hummel's credit, she makes the point without being preachy. She also did a little teaching, which I love. In this instance I learned about the finances and other aspects associated with art vis-a-vis museums, galleries, and collectors. Finally, she's a great wordsmith, and might have benefitted from a different editor.

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STILL LIVES.........

There were many times during this story that I just wanted to stop listening; I paid for it so I continued. It didn't have that WOW! factor that warrants me to want to know what happens next. I would NOT recommend this.

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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'.

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