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Maestra: The Most Shocking Thriller You'll Read This Year Hardcover – 10 Mar 2016

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  • 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)

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‘Funny and clever, entertaining and well written . . . Destined for the bestseller chartsThe 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 aboutHeat

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)

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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

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Sex. Murder. Shoes. A shockingly original and darkly decadent thriller. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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I was looking for sexy reading, erotica that would turn me on. This was not erotic or even sexy.
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?
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I really dislike giving up on a book and rarely do so, however having persevered for 87% of the book, I finally decided to waste no of my life reading this trash.
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I agree with the commentators who say they will never trust a 'literary' reviewer again. Why on earth did they ALL give such fawning, over the top praise for what makes dear departed Jackie Collins look like Jane Austen. It is so obviously a cynical, shallow box-ticking exercise for someone with far more luck than talent. Even the blurb at the back is misleading. It is not a spectacular fraud at the auction house. There are no 'lovers' in Paris - in fact there is no 'love' anywhere in this book. Yes, the author can write intelligently - BOY is it laid on with a trowel how clever she is - but her flights of poetic fancy are ludicrous coming from the most unattractive, sneering, snobbish ,chippy heroine I have ever had the misfortune to encounter, and no, it is not an excuse to call her a sociopath. She is simply a gold-digging bitch who the author has to crank up by making her bizarrely and unbelievably overnight turn from manipulative chancer to trained assassin! The sex scenes have not one whiff of erotica about them. They are crude., vacant and repellent. Erotica is about sensuousness and suggestion, not just showing off and mindless f****ing. The endless labels and description of food and oh yes, the many languages she speaks and places she has visited are patronising and inane. The only things that raised a smile (and this was totally unintentional on the author's part because I have never read a more humourless, empty book in my life) were some of the more preposterously high-minded remarks about needing to know the difference between a marquis and a marquess and how it's ok to kill someone who reads Jeffery Archer. As you can tell this book has made me really angry. If I could give it minus stars I would. Talk about the emperor's new clothes.
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Having had a free copy of this heavily promoted bestseller, I easily gave in to reading it. Marketed as 'Female James Bond meets EL James' it sounded a bit dodgy. Well let's cut through the niceties, there isn't the slightest whiff of James Bond in this dreadful, awful, nasty, narcissist character. EL James, I haven't read but the sex scenes, carefully inserted at regular intervals, are ridiculous. Never read erotica but if 'hard cock meets wet pussy' sends you into a frenzy, well...I don't know. Perhaps some people are very undemanding. Plotwise, what could I say? It's rather 'n'importe quoi' as long as the location is gorgeous enough for the upcoming film. (Bet the rights were sold before it was even written) Read that some readers found the writing 'brilliant'. Well it is written, that's something. (Total trashy books feel like talk noted down) One star for that then. Hilton, or her ghost-writer, took a week or two to actually write it. It is readable, I finished it without trouble. No the problem is everything else. Not sure if you're really supposed to root for the heroine, but you hate her in no time. James Bond always acts for Queen & country and to save the world. That Judith only want to save her skin from an ordinary, simple working life. She despises the mere mortals without her own beauty and brain obviously. Nothing is good or gold enough for her, hence top brands. And god knows we do get the brands like repeated slaps in the face. In fact they must have all sponsored the book in the first place! Wonder which luxury brand could have been omitted? None, as name after name are dropped every two lines. Awful, tacky, vulgar. Then some man of woman in your way? Kill them, so easy. After having had sex with them of course.Read more ›
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An author should avoid talking down to the readers. This book's pomposity is unbelievable and the sex is ludicrous. Will sell millions.
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I'm astounded by the hype about this dismal, pretentious, vacuous narrative. It's plastic trash. The anti-heroine is a self-justifying whore, fuelled by envy and aspiring, apparently, to nothing more than a surfeit of designer labels, for which she will literally kill.

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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