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.
The talents of Judith Rashleigh, the sardonic narrator of Hilton's deliciously Highsmithian thriller, the first of a trilogy, are clearly underutilized as an assistant at a top London art auction house and as a hostess at a seedy nightclub where she moonlights. But a mark she hooks at the club middle-aged, married, and morbidly obese James proves to be her ticket to the Riviera. With the aid of a femme fatale facility that surprises even herself, she enters a dangerous beau monde of possibility seemingly as limitless as the view of the Mediterranean from the billionaire's yacht onto which she wangles her way. That is, if she can stay one step ahead of the law. As Judith assumes and sheds identities as effortlessly as her Louboutins during a twisty series of increasingly treacherous escapades (several X-rated), Hilton (Elizabeth: Renaissance Prince as Lisa Hilton) artfully conjures a glossy world where just about everything and everyone has its price. Optioned by Sony Pictures, this hot title has already sold rights in more than 25 countries.
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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.