Maestra

Maestra

eBook - 2016
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With the cunning of Gone Girl 's Amy Dunne, and as dangerous as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 's Lisbeth Salander, the femme fatale of this Talented Mr. Ripley ?esque psychological thriller is sexy, smart, and very, very bad in all the best ways. By day, Judith Rashleigh is a put-upon assistant at a prestigious London art house. By night, shes a hostess at one of the capital's notorious champagne bars, although her work there pales against her activities on nights off. TO GET WHAT SHE WANTS Desperate to make something of herself, Judith knows she has to play the game. Shes transformed her accent and taught herself about wine and the correct use of a dessert fork, not to mention the art of discretion. Shes learned to be a good girl. But when Judith is fired for uncovering a dark secret at the heart of the art world and her honest efforts at a better life are destroyed she turns to a long-neglected friend. A friend who kept her chin up and back straight through every slight: Rage. SHE WILL CROSS EVERY LINE Feeling reckless, she accompanies one of the champagne bar's biggest clients to the French Riviera, only to find herself alone again after a fatal accident. Tired of striving and the slow crawl to the top, Judith has a realization: If you need to turn yourself into someone else, loneliness is a good place to start. And shes been lonely a long time. Maestra is a glamorous, ferocious thriller and the beginning of a razor-sharp trilogy that introduces the darkly irresistible Judith Rashleigh, a femme fatale for the ages whose vulnerability and ruthlessness will keep you guessing until the last page. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Penguin Publishing Group, 2016
ISBN: 0399184287 electronic bk
9780399184284 electronic bk
Branch Call Number: eBOOK FIC HILTON
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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exie3
Sep 27, 2016

great mystery - unexpected
happenings

BostonPL_LauraB Jul 11, 2016

Needed to read this book for a book club, but after seeing the ratings on goodreads, I went in with very low expectations and because of that I think I was able to get through it quite quickly and ignore (for the most part) the implausible plot and REALLY unlikable (but not even redeemable) main character, Judith.

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susanchyn
May 27, 2016

A deliciously suspenseful, noirish story about Judith, a lowly assistant employed by an upscale London art dealer.

Judith really loves her art, but because she does not come from money, she inhabits “the white time, the negative space, the gap between desire and lack.” And so we root for her as she battles the snobs and users of the art world. She channels Artemisia Gentileschi. You go girl!

Gradually, though, as we see her cut loose in the metro club scene, we start to think, whoa. “Who is this woman?” Whoa. And more whoa, through the final pages.

The vicarious perks of Maestra include many references to European architecture, works of art, restaurants large and small, trendy food and drink, mega yachts and designer labels. Linguaphiles (especially of French and Italian) will find little gems throughout.

But Hilton clearly enjoys showing the “rasher” side of Rashleigh’s outre sex life, meaning that the reading experience is like alternately flipping through Architectural Digest and Cosmo.

multcolib_karene Apr 25, 2016

This is quite an entertaining book though it does require one to suspend one's disbelief as the story goes on. And I had to completely suspend all of my feminist ideals while reading it. Oh, and there's sex--quite a bit of it.

JCLGreggW Feb 17, 2016

This is dark and juicy psychological thriller about a young woman who toils in the depths of the London art auction house scene who dreams of climbing the ladder to a glamorous world of money and power. Judith Rashleigh is smart, beautiful, and educated, but lacks the connections to make a name for herself. She uses sex, wit, and daring, seizing opportunities and risking everything to pull off a perfect scheme. Complex, sizzling, and a ton of fun. (I'm betting you'll see this one on many a beach bag this summer.)

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