- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Zaffre Publishing (10 Mar. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1785760033
- ISBN-13: 978-1785760037
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.2 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (752 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Maestra: The Most Shocking Thriller You'll Read This Year Hardcover – 10 Mar 2016
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‘Funny and clever, entertaining and well written . . . Destined for the bestseller charts’ The Times
‘A first-class thriller . . . Read it now before the entire world does.’ Glamour
‘A rip-roaring read . . . Sharp and extremely well written’ Daily Mail
‘Brimming with scandal, intrigue and mystery, this is a book that everyone is talking about’ Heat
‘Deliciously decadent . . . a glamorous and racy adventure’ Sunday Mirror
‘Set in a world of oligarchs, Mafiosi and dodgy art dealers, it also has in Judith Rashleigh a heroine you'll either love or loathe, at least two jaw-on-the-floor moments and sex scenes that would make Christian Grey blush’ Red magazine
‘A psychological thriller set on the French Riviera, rather like Patricia Highsmith crossed with Gone Girl, unsurprisingly, there's a film deal in the works’ Harpers Bazaar - '10 Best Books for 2016'
‘This is already being compared to The Girl On The Train and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo in terms of addictability’ Glamour, '11 Female Authored Reads for 2016'
‘One for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey’ Grazia - 'Best of New Books'
‘An unpredictable London auction house assistant turned high-class escort slips effortlessly into the world of the glamorous and wealthy, crossing international borders and leaving destruction in her wake.’ The Wall Street Journal, “5 Killer Books for 2016”
“A deliciously Highsmithian thriller. . . . As Judith assumes and sheds identities as effortlessly as her Louboutins during a twisty series of increasingly treacherous escapades, Hilton artfully conjures a glossy world where just about everything—and everyone—has its price.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
‘Glamorous, edgy, decadent (like rich but somewhat bitter dark chocolate), erotic, and irresistible. Maestra is a gift for readers who delight in vengeful female protagonists.’ Booklist (starred review)
‘It’s big’ Library Journal
‘Maestra is riveting, with a dominant character who is brilliant, sly, deadly, and entirely in control of her life. The book is unpredictable and multifaceted. Judith is one of the most memorable females in recent fiction; she is a marvelous character, perfect for film.’ —Amy Pascal, Columbia/Tri-Star Producer
‘Utterly unputdownable, a shocking and sexy psychological thriller’ Popsugar
Sex. Murder. Shoes. A shockingly original and darkly decadent thriller. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
A book about a psychopath. With no convincing emotions, the sex is meaningless: without feelings of any sort (not even physical - the author describes what's being done, not how it feels to actor or recipient of the action) it quickly becomes tedious.
Shocking, perhaps; but so what if it doesn't draw the reader in?
The graphically described, mechanical sex is wholly unerotic. There isn't a single character one can feel interested in. It's badly written. The world it depicts is depressing, void of everything but a joyless obsession with acquiring fashionable and expensive material objects.
There's a superficial attempt to give the novel some depth by referring to the art world. Artemisia Gentileschi is frequently invoked to lend a spurious sense of validation to the grasping protagonist. That for me is the final outrage: Artemisia was a brave, interesting and skilful painter who earned the recognition she finally achieved. To imagine one fellating one's way to success as if this were the equivalent of artistry, as if the murdered victims of the protagonist's cold, devouring greed were somehow like the oppressor Holofernes, slain, in Artemisia's most famous painting, by Judith for the sake of freeing her people, devalues both art and sexuality. I felt I needed to scrape the inside of my head clean after reading this. It's antagonistic to everything feminism struggled for. Clearly written to a formula - so many designer names dropped here, so many robotic couplings there, a flash of violence tossed into the pot as spice - it was designed to appeal to, and validate, the worst impulses of humanity. It's a book conceived to exploit the fashion in pornography. The writer has written a book on portraits of Queen Elizabeth: here, she sells herself to a high bidder.
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Guilty, I did read till the end. But I found myself noticing the theme of useless pages and skipping the bulk of pointless writing. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Bruce
I had heard so much about this and was really disappointed in it. I had to force myself to finish it.Published 10 days ago by Lynsey C
Couldn't put the book down read consistently for a week can't wait for the next one to come out in a month!Published 18 days ago by Rebecca
Although I did get to the end, I can't help feeling slightly ashamed of myself. Unfortunately I was on holiday so out of book options. Total trash. Don't bother.Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
Interesting and sometimes surprising plot twists, a little shocking in place but proves that not all is sugar and spice. Looking forward to the next one.Published 20 days ago by NICOLA J OCONNOR
An amusing, tittilating and shocking romp through the world of art, designer clothes and organised sex. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Kari E.
I found the main character charmless and robotic and am left with no wish to read any more of this series. The hype from the reviews is highly misleading.Published 23 days ago by bakeart
Brilliant book. I'm not a book snob and just like a fast moving story, and a bit (or a lot) of sauce never hurts. I'm finding it hard to put this one down. Read morePublished 27 days ago by C Wales