• by L. S. Hilton
  • Narrated by Emilia Fox
  • 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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, she's 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. She's transformed her accent and taught herself about wine and the correct use of a dessert fork, not to mention the art of discretion. She's 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 she's 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 minute.


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Customer Reviews

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very entertaining. worth the credit.

Great introduction book for a trilogy. The main character develops into a scandalous and intriguing woman with much more to learn about her. It's very graphic, so if you're not into that this book isn't for you. However, it all fits well into the theme of haute culture, sex, drugs, survival and the covet of prestige and status that is represented in the world of black market fine art dealing. Some confusion of small events and characters and lots of Italian and French phrases that don't get translated but very minor in the overall picture and doesn't detract from the story. I don't understand the low ratings, even if the book wasn't your style it's at minimum entertaining.
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- JK907

The self-made woman

Do you recall landing that first job after college, the one in your field? While a "starter" position, would undoubtedly lead to success through hard work and one small break where you'd be able to show your worth? Meet Judith. In the highly competitive art world, she's the girl you went to college with that you KNOW will make her mark on the world.

When that (seemingly) golden opportunity to show her true value to her employers arises, Judith jumps at her chance to advance beyond the drudgery of her entry level position. However who thinks about office politics, petty jealousy, and basic greed- especially in that rose colored phase of life when your life is wide open in front of you?

While admittedly Judith leads a much more glamorous social life than I did when starting my career, her professional start mirrors that of most graduates just starting out. Struggling with finances, building professional credibility, her life is (for the most part) following her plan- and then comes the pivotal decision kicking off a new path.

Maestra allows the reader to escape into a delicious fantasy that won't be experienced or even witnessed by the vast majority of readers- that of the top 1%. Comparison to '50 Shades' misrepresentative; while there are a few erotic situations, these do NOT make up the bulk of the novel and are not its central theme.
Overall I think this is well worth the audible credit. I see Maestra becoming this years' top summer vacation read.
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- Adrienne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-19-2016
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio