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Maestra : The most shocking thriller you'll read this year - LS Hilton

Maestra

The most shocking thriller you'll read this year

By: LS Hilton

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Published: 16th March 2016
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Sex. Murder. Shoes. A shockingly original and darkly decadent thriller - Gone Girl meets The Talented Mr Ripley.

Judith Rashleigh works as an assistant in a prestigious London auction house, but her dreams of breaking into the art world have been gradually dulled by the blunt forces of snobbery and corruption. To make ends meet she moonlights as a hostess in one of the West End's less salubrious bars - although her work there pales against her activities on nights off.

When Judith stumbles across a conspiracy at her auction house, she is fired before she can expose the fraud. In desperation, she accepts an offer from one of the bar's clients to accompany him to the French Riviera. But when an ill-advised attempt to slip him sedatives has momentous consequences, Judith finds herself fleeing for her life. Now alone and in danger, all Judith has to rely on is her consummate ability to fake it amongst the rich and famous - and the inside track on the hugely lucrative art fraud that triggered her dismissal.

Set in the exotic palaces and yachts of Europe's seriously wealthy, Maestra is a shockingly original thriller. With a heroine as wickedly perceptive as Amy Dunne and as dangerous as Lisbeth Salander, this marks the beginning of a razor-sharp and meteoric sequence of novels that will have readers around the world on the edge of their seats and holding their breath.

About the Author

L.S. Hilton grew up in England and has lived in Key West, New York City, Paris and Milan. After graduating from Oxford, she studied art history in Paris and Florence. She has worked as a journalist, art critic, and broadcaster, and is presently based in London.

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Maestra
 
2.4

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (1)

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  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

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23%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Engaging characters (3)

Cons

  • Not what I expected (7)
  • Disappointing (5)

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Bookworm (7), Everyday reader (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

an exellant thriller.

I found that this treasure hit the right note what a wonderfull lead character. I was not the least bit shocked but found it just that little bit un pc .I am looking forward...Read complete review

I found that this treasure hit the right note what a wonderfull lead character. I was not the least bit shocked but found it just that little bit un pc .I am looking forward to any future insalments that may come my way.it reminds me of earlier trevanian art sex and murder all very thrilling and very well written .I hope other readers find it as much fun as I did.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not quite Girl on the Train or Gone Girl...

Mmmm, did wonder what on earth I had let myself in for when I read the prologue of this book. Not having read 50 Shades of Grey (or even wanting to), I...Read complete review

Mmmm, did wonder what on earth I had let myself in for when I read the prologue of this book. Not having read 50 Shades of Grey (or even wanting to), I was wondering if it was going to head along those lines. Part 1 soon put an end to that train of thought and I started to appreciate the story. I did find the jump from what Judith's life was early in the book to what she became a bit hard to imagine. It just seemed too convenient rather than a natural progression of her character. Apart from that, I did enjoy this read for what it was, a light story without the complexity of other books and characters.

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2.0

Lightweight Mills & Boon

By 

from Qld

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Pros

    Cons

    • Disappointing
    • Not What I expected

    Best Uses

      Comments about Maestra:

      Excellent.

       
      4.0

      An exciting,wild ride.

      By 

      from Pt lincoln, Au

      About Me Everyday Reader

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      Pros

      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Engaging Characters
      • Well Written

      Cons

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          Comments about Maestra:

          very satisfied.

           
          1.0

          Rubbish

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          from Sydney

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            Cons

            • Not What I expected

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              Comments about Maestra:

              Boring, shallow unlikeable characters, stupid storyline, and really pointless!

               
              3.0

              Left feeling a bit flat.

              By 

              from New Zealand

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              Pros

              • Page Turner

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Adults Only

                Comments about Maestra:

                I haven't read this author before and wasn't expecting to be left hanging.... but there were some exciting chapters.

                 
                3.0

                Too much sexual content

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                from Penrith

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                  Cons

                  • Not What I expected

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                    Comments about Maestra:

                    Story good but sexual content was too much.

                     
                    2.0

                    Crime

                    By 

                    from Melbourne

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                    Pros

                    • Light Readig
                    • Light Reading

                    Cons

                    • Not What I expected

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel Reading

                    Comments about Maestra:

                    Similar to Lighter Shades of Grey. Unusual to hear from a killer rather than about a killer. Different perpestive.

                     
                    3.0

                    Can come across as rubbish in the first few chapters.

                    By 

                    from Melbourne

                    About Me Everyday Reader

                    Pros

                    • Engaging Characters

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Maestra:

                        It is a bit trashy as 50 Shades was a bit trashy. IF you bin it after the first few chapters, you'll miss the point of the book.
                        It ends up being a murder story with the sex thrown in to bounce it along.
                        Was it as good as I thought it would be.. no. But still worth a read.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        Not in the same legue as "Gone Girl" "Girl on a Train"

                        By 

                        from melbourne

                        About Me Bookworm

                        Pros

                        • Nothing

                        Cons

                        • Disappointing
                        • Unbelievable Characters

                        Best Uses

                        • None

                        Comments about Maestra:

                        Booktopia service excellent...always reliable.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        2.0

                        Definately not the thriller of the year!

                        By 

                        from Brisbane

                        About Me Everyday Reader

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Disappointing
                          • Not What I expected

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                            Comments about Maestra:

                            Was looking forward to reading this book but so disappointed. Poorly edited with grammatical mistakes, weak plot which failed to build suspense and some sex scenes thrown in which appear to have little to do with the story - I guess to get people to buy it. There are much better books out there to spend your money on.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            2.0

                            Wasted my time

                            By 

                            from Sydney

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                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Difficult To Follow
                              • Disappointing
                              • Not What I expected

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Maestra:

                                Inexperienced writer. Plot holes, confusing situations and illogical behavior of the main character.

                                Gave it 2 stars for the use of rich vocabulary and extraordinary scenery descriptions.

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                                ISBN: 9781785760839
                                ISBN-10: 1785760831
                                Audience: General
                                Format: Paperback
                                Language: English
                                Number Of Pages: 384
                                Published: 16th March 2016
                                Publisher: Zaffre Publishing
                                Country of Publication: GB
                                Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3