THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND THE PERFECT READ FOR FANS OF KILLING EVE
THE BEST OF SKIMM READS 2016
“One of this year’s most talked about novels.” —The Washington Post
“A twenty-first-century femme fatale as lethal as Tom Ripley and as seductive as Bacall.” —Vogue
A put-upon assistant at a prestigious London art house, Judith Rashleigh is well-educated, well-groomed, and impeccably behaved—keeping the darker desires she indulges on nights off as her own little secret. But when Judith uncovers a dangerous heist, her life is shattered and she’s forced to run. Armed with just her wits and a talent for self-invention, she makes her way from the French Riviera to Geneva, Rome, and the nightclubs of Paris, determined to take back what is rightfully hers.
The beginning of a darkly irresistible trilogy, Maestra follows the rise of Judith, a woman whose vulnerability and ruthlessness have left readers worldwide begging to know: where do you go when you've gone too far?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We are hooked on Maestra, the first book in a new trilogy. The novel’s intelligent, pathologically independent, kinky, and predatory heroine is Judith Rashleigh, who’s attempting to escape her impoverished Liverpool upbringing and crack into the upper echelons of London’s fine-art business. After a series of dodgy choices sets Judith’s career back, she embarks on a cross-European journey of deception and reinvention that becomes more twisted and transgressive at every turn. Author L. S. Hilton sold the film rights to her series before this first installment was even finished. We’re telling all our friends about this dark, racy tale about a woman’s raging rampage against a man’s world.
Hilton's debut novel introduces femme fatale Judith Rasleigh, who seduces and slays her way up from a petty existence as gofer at a respected London art auction house by day, while serving as a hostess in a seedy club by night to a life of hedonist excess among billionaire yacht owners lolling on the Riviera. As written, Judith narrates her own sociopathic, narcissistic rise, complete with a few murders and sexual encounters as lavishly detailed as the book's fashion notes, with a relentlessly sardonic tone. Reader Fox adds a snarky, ruthlessly dismissive edge, using a razor-sharp British accent. She's excellent at pinning down Judith's smarmy auction house boss; her fragile, silly, Cockney girlfriend; a growly nightclub patron who introduces her to Cote d'Azur high life; an affectless American gazillionaire who finances her biggest step up; and an assortment of international high rollers, mistresses, and ne'er-do-wells who keep casino wheels and novels like this (book one of an announced trilogy) rolling. A Putnam hardcover.
Great Read 2020
I picked this book up from dollar trees yesterday thats right dollar tree as I begin to read. I thought to myself this is a great book so I had to find out the original cost I’m only on chapter 6 so far but hunnie this book is good lol if you can’t find it at dollar tree still buy it here it’s worth it 😊
Quick, fun read.
Best Seller to be
LOVED IT! About a courageous heroine, Judith, raised in poverty, and her journey to becoming a rich, successful fine art gallery owner and dealer, while still in her 20's. May not sound like much, but what a thriller! Hard to put down. Beautifully written, just flowed, even while skillfully weaving together many types of novels. Part thriller, part mystery, with occasional erotica. Not junky romantic fiction, but true adult erotica, which I just had to stop and savor. A raw look at the life, desires and intersections of call girls, gold diggers, and rich men. Part travelogue of the Riviera and Italy, part
social commentary on how the rich really are different than you and me, part fine art commentary with the underside of the art auction world and criminal money laundering. A sprinkle of fashion commentary that savvy women will love, but not enough to turn off male readers. Judith, and her aliases, have Sherlock's amazing observational skills, raw courage, intelligence and murderous cunning. NOTE: NOT for children or teens.