Still Lives

Overall Rating: So-So 🤷🏻‍♀️

Still Lives by Maria Hummel is another book I selected for my May box from Book of the Month . I’d like to start out by saying that I absolutely love the cover art on this book (it inspired me to take my favorite book photo to date) but what really drew me to this book was the synopsis; which reads: “A young editor at an art museum finds herself pulled into the disturbing and dangerous world of a famous artist who goes missing on the opening night of her exhibit”.

The story follows Maggie Richter, an employee at a trendy, but failing, art museum in Los Angeles. Maggie and the other museum staff are banking on the success of their upcoming show to help pull them past this financial road block. The artist headlining this show is Kim Lord. A wildly successful artist whose paintings depict the high-profile murders of women thought history – she also happens to be the women Maggie’s fiancé left her for. When the night of the gala finally arrives and Kim doesn’t show up the media is thrown into a frenzy – is she really missing or is this all part of a publicity stunt?

The author did a great job of creating suspicion around Kim’s disappearance. Was it a publicity stunt? With Kim’s history and the content of her work it was possible. Was it someone at the museum trying to steal back the attention it’s lost? Or maybe the envious ex-fiance who was forced to work on a show headlining her ex’s new women. The suspense of the story kept me wanting to know what was going to happen next but the one thing I was missing was a connection to the characters. While the plot itself was entertaining and well written, I felt that the book read too quickly and could have used more time developing the characters. I missed that connection which, to me, make makes a good book great. I do have to say – the ending made it with it but you’ll have to read it for yourself to find out why. 🙂

Still Lives is set to release on June 5th, 2018. It is the third novel for award-winning poet and author Maria Hummel and her first in the Suspense / Thriller genre.