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(Maestra #1)

2.82  ·  Rating details ·  11,017 ratings  ·  1,628 reviews
A shockingly original thriller - the launch title of Zaffre, the new fiction imprint of Bonnier Publishing Fiction

Judith Rashleigh works as an assistant in a prestigious London auction house, but her dreams of breaking into the art world have been gradually dulled by the blunt forces of snobbery and corruption. To make ends meet she moonlights as a hostess in one of the We
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published April 19th 2016 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published March 10th 2016)
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Chris Lewis The bin! Plenty of great books have recently come out so please don't waste pleasurable reading time on this drivel!
Chris Lewis I would imagine the author felt there was some educational element to the book. When I hurled it in the bin half read, after being thoroughly…moreI would imagine the author felt there was some educational element to the book. When I hurled it in the bin half read, after being thoroughly disappointed with an appalling book, I did say something along the lines of "Well that's taught me a lesson..." so maybe she achieved her aim......(less)

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Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
This novel is incoherent nonsense. There is a GLIMMER of an interesting idea about rage and class that is destroyed by utter claptrap. The plot makes NO sense. It is choppy. The protagonist hates fat people, or maybe it's the writer, and that's fine, but in the early going it's quite distracting. Then there is the extravagant name brand dropping. The absurd twists that aren't really twists, but perhaps, limp shifts in direction. Nothing in the book is shocking. THIS BOOK DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE A ...more
Megan Johnson
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to start from an unconventional place - the ending. (Don't worry, I won't give anything away.) For me, I can love a book but the ending will ruin it if I don't feel it's done well. Alternatively, as is the case for this book, I can like a book alright but the ending makes it so fulfilling that I find myself loving it.

In this book, I enjoyed the story (didn't love it), I was fascinated by the pacing (but didn't find myself unable to put it down)...and yet the ending will be what has me
Wendy Darling
After an uneven start, this became surprisingly entertaining, though it's not a "good" book by any stretch of the imagination, mostly because of the abundance of humorless, meant-to-be shocking sex.

But it's enjoyably sociopathic (or psychopathic, depending on how you interpret the MC's behavior), and it's an interesting/different thriller because of its backdrop of stolen art, expensive clothes and meals, money laundering, and assorted hustlers. I was surprised to see the door left open for ano

Long story short:
«Έι, είδα ότι διάβασες τη Maestra, να το διαβάσω; Στο instagram λένε ότι είναι καλό.»


Ήμουν ανάμεσα στο να γράψω ένα τεράστιο «χαχαχαχα» έκτασης τριών παραγράφων και στο να σας πω ΣΟΒΑΡΑ γιατί δεν πρέπει να χάσετε το χρόνο σας με αυτό το βιβλίο. Επειδή είμαι σοβαρή λοιπόν, επέλεξα το δεύτερο. Ορίστε λοιπόν!

Θα ξεκινήσω από τα υπέρ:
1. Το κέρδισα σε διαγωνισμό, πράγμα που σημαίνει ότι δεν ξόδεψα ούτε ευρώ. Ναι, I’m stat
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: misc-fiction
"50 Shades" meets "The Goldfinch," but not in a good way.
Nov 06, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
OK here we go......

"The talented Mr Ripley meets Gone Girl in this darkly decadent and compelling new thriller"
So reads the blurb on the back cover - on behalf of the publishers I apologise to Patricia Highsmith and Gillian Flynn for any such comparison.

Maestra is supposedly a thriller but the actual 'crime' component to this book is nothing short of obvious and completely unoriginal. I would suggest that that doesn't really matter because that was not the aim of the book.

Just like we all know s
May 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
Like a person hypnotized by the evil Count Dracula, I knew what I was doing was wrong, but I was inexplicably compelled to keep going until I was finished. But in this instance, the compulsion was to continue reading Maestra by L.S. Hilton. On some level I believe I would have been happier just opening the attic window and allowing a centuries old vampire (in the guise of a black bat) into my home to savage my family, ultimately turning them into the living dead rather than to keep turning the p ...more
Aug 06, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Εκνευριστική πρωταγωνίστρια - Τσεκ
Ακατάσχετη ανταλλαγή σωματικών υγρών - Τσεκ
Πλοκή χωρίς συνοχή - Τσεκ
Χαρακτήρες που εμφανίζονται βολικά από το πουθενά και σέρνονται στα πατώματα για την πρωταγωνίστρια - Τσεκ

Κι αν δεν αρκούν αυτά για να σας πείσουν να μείνετε μακριά από αυτό το βιβλίο, ακολουθεί και απόσπασμα (18+):

' [...] Αργότερα, έβαλε το ένα του δάχτυλο στον κώλο μου κι ύστερα το έφερε στη μύτη του.
«Μυρίζει στρείδια. Θες να μυρίσεις;»
Μύρισα το χέρι του και όντως μύριζε στρείδια.
«Δεν ήξερα ότ
Isa Cantos (Crónicas de una Merodeadora)
Háganle un favor a este libro y bájenle el hype.

A mí me prometieron una novela tremenda, llena de lujos y, sobre todo, intrigas dentro del mundo de las subastas de arte... Algo muy White Collar, vamos. Pero ni lo uno ni lo otro...

Maestra cuenta la historia de Judith Rashleigh, una mujer que trabaja en la segunda casa de subastas más grande de Londres y que tiene una vida decente. Eventualmente, y para pagar sus deudas, decide empezar a trabajar en un bar por las noches a modo de dama de compañ
Liz Barnsley
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maestra is fabulous darling.

There has been a lot of hype surrounding this title, the first from Bonnier's crime imprint Zaffre, so it was with great interest that I dived into this one and I was immediately and unequivocably absorbed into Judith's world - an artistic world in more ways than one.

Sometimes all it takes to make a book bang on is a decent main character. Well Judith is that and then some - passionate and perfect, the very definition of girl power but with added mayhem. Seemingly pas
Chrissa Vasileiou

Πριν καν ξεκινήσω να διαβάζω το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο, μου έκανε εντύπωση το χαμηλό του avg (μόλις 2,86/5,00) στο Goodreads. Μπορεί μεμονωμένα η κριτική κάποιου να είναι υπερβολική ή κακιασμένη,όταν όμως οι χρήστες δίνουν αβέρτα μονάστερα και διπλά συνήθως κάποιον λάκκο έχει η φάβα. Η συγκεκριμένη φάβα έχει όχι απλά λάκκο, αλλά ολόκληρο ΓΚΡΕΜ
Katie Scarlett O Hara
Sep 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
Śteta što ne postoji nula, kada bi neko napisao zaista dobar psihološki triler, a ne podvojeni roman, jer ne zna da li će pre da zgrne pare erotikom, koja btw nije ni šokantna, psihotikom ili idiotlukom.
Najtužnije je što se kod nas ove knjige reklamiraju kao vrh.
Nije me mrzelo da uradim recenziju na blogu.
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Quit at 30%. It felt like the author really wanted to write about the art world but felt it wasn't interesting enough so created a dark (but unbelievable) underbelly for the main character. The trashy sex scenes did not save the rest of the novel for me, partially because they feel shoved in to keep the reader interested. Sex does not sustain a novel, at least for me, unless it shows something about the character, and she isn't connecting with anyone. Instead those scenes are like the background ...more
Judy Collins
A special thank you to Penguin and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

L. S. Hilton's MAESTRA --What is not to love about art theft, a female fatale, a psychological mystery crime thriller? Right? Unfortunately, not what I received. Had higher expectations.

Many of you may not agree with my review. To each their own opinion; however, rather than glossing over, my honest thoughts.

The set up was great. The first part of the book, was entertaining and grabbed my attention.
Maria Espadinha
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mundos Paralelos

Ainda adolescente, Judith deixara-se inebriar pelas formas e cores matizadas que compõem a Alegoria do Triunfo de Vénus.

Esse momento de êxtase, accionara uma Voz de Comando Interior que lhe guiara os Passos Futuros.
Transformara-se numa credenciada especialista de arte, numa brilhante profissional do Belo!...

Mas a lei que junta os opostos é imperdoável, condenando o Belo a coexistir com o Feio, e as escolhas de Judith não escaparão imunes a tal fatalidade.
Assim, num dia menos bom,
Maestra is the first installment in an untitled erotic thriller trilogy authored by L.S. Hilton (Lisa Hilton). This novel follows the female lead: Judith as she navigates her bank account, social status, and her pleasure exactly where she sees fit. She exploits her sex appeal and manipulates people and circumstances to get what she wants - she is unapologetic and I loved that. Judith is a dark, driven woman with no shame. I believe this may be exactly the [extreme] point Ms. Hilton is trying
Apr 19, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: absolutely no one
Well, flagging my review for alleged nudity (come on, Mr Bean in knickers? He's a national treasure!) even though the book's cover alludes to female genitalia and the content is anything but chaste and prim, isn't going to keep this review offline. The time some people have on hand...


50 Shades meets Dexter. Another computer-tailored "bestseller" mix-and-meshing allegedly established bestseller "recipes" while trying to create hype through breaking taboos by a cool
Kylie Westaway
Jan 18, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found myself pushing to get through this, as it was poorly written and the story was badly constructed. The main character, Judith, starts out as a low-paid assistant in an auction house, and very quickly, with no motivation or character development, becomes a thief and a murderer. Her character is never sketched out, we are never even told what she looks like (beyond that she thinks she is too beautiful to have female friends, they would be too jealous of her), and she sleeps her way around I ...more
What can I say about Maestra? It is entertaining and gives us an anti heroine we can get behind. That is Judith, by the way. Finding herself blocked from progressing in the art world that she wanted so much, she discovers that she can happily murder to gain access to the world of the wealthy and their lifestyles. After having been fired after she comes across fraud, Judith takes a job in a bar where its her job to tempt clients to order as much champagne as possible. A client invites her to the ...more
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Judith Rashleigh who is in her mid 30's, works in one of the top art auction houses in London. Her job though is not that glamorous as an entry level doormat, doing all medial tasks and copping constant humiliation. Judith wants to make a name for herself with the most wealthiest, pretentious and unscrupulous clients but after falling broke is forced to take on a second job in a men's bar. Little does she know this will be the unlikely ticket she needs to riches at a cost.

After travelling with a
“Drink from the fountain of love where every drop is eternal passion.”

----Mahogany SilverRain

L.S. Hilton, an English best selling author, has penned a sexy and extremely scandalous thriller, Maestra that narrates the story of a highly educated assistant auctioneer who starts working as a hostess for a shady nightclub to make her ends meet, but when an art dealing goes wrong with a client that makes her to lose her job due to her attitude of sniffing into a possible art fraud case, she plunges
Bill Kupersmith
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book would make excellent reading for Booker Prize judges because like real Booker Prize winners, it has lots of allusions to the history of art, but unlike real Booker Prize winners, it’s actually fun to read. It rather reminded me of a mixture of Patricia Highsmith, Ian Fleming, Sex and the City, and E. H. Gombrich. If you’re pursuing a degree in art history, you’re probably awfully tired of facetious bores intimating that your career prospects are limited to requesting of your clientele, ...more
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars

"Sex sells, Lisa! So do erotic trilogies! Just ask EL James. We're smelling film rights, baby. It's gonna be huge!!! Oh, yeah, ya gotta drop the 'Lisa'. From now on, you're LS Hilton! Smart, sexy and mysterious! A name befitting of your writing!"

So I'm sure went the round-table discussion/slobber-fest at GP Putnam's Sons/Zaffre after Ms. Hilton submitted the rough draft for her erotic thriller Maestra. I'm curious, though, if anyone in the publisher's office actually bothered to read t
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trashy-fun
The Talented Mr Ripley meets 50 Shades of Grey meets The Goldfinch meets American Psycho. Reckon that sounds like an unappetising mix? Well, you're right. This started out fine but I was soon skim-reading. Blah blah designer clothes blah blah casual sex blah blah art fraud. And be warned: it ends 'to be continued'.
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Looking through the other reviews they seem to run as 1,2 or 4 star ratings.
I can see why this is a love it or hate it book. If when you read a book you feel that you really need to relate to one of the characters, this book may not be for you. If you do relate to the main character,Judith Rasheigh... Please seek psychiatric help quickly, before it's to late.

1)I did find the book to be a very good adult thriller. There were some surprises along the way but I had no trouble keeping up with the s
Mar 01, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Being ruthless, ambitious and gorgeous can be a dangerous combination – especially if you have absolutely no empathy or feelings. Judith Rashleigh worked hard in school and thought she had it made when she landed a job at a prestigious auction house in London, but she soon learns her job is far from glamorous. Broke and disheartened, she decides to moonlight at a champagne bar where she flirts with old men for commission on the overpriced champagne sales. She gets sacked from her day job when sh ...more
Jun 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: finish, dar
dakle knjiga je najavljena kao uzbudljiv psiholoski triler... hmmm

ovo nije ni T od trilera, a jos manje psiholoski, uzbudljiv nikako

ovo je pitki krimic s eksplicitnim scenama seksa

citanje za razbibrigu -da, jedna od onih knjiga koje ja zovem ravna crta bez imalo uzbudjenja, donekle dojam popravlja kraj ali je napisan na desetak stranica ono tipa daj samo da zavrsim knjigu

dakle citljivo - da ali sad bas neka preporuke za obavezno citanje - ne

An unputdownable, 100% original, exquisitely written, erotic (with a dark edge) read. If you are the kind of reader who appreciates well written thrillers and tends to NOT over analyze fiction, definitely give this series a go!


Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was all set to give this book three stars, maybe even four. Yes, it was a trashy read. Yes, it had a lot of unnecessary graphic sex scenes. However, it was a zillion times better than 50 Shades of Grey (I think most trashy books are) and it was lots of fun to read. Judith, aka Lauren, aka whoever she felt like being, was a fun, sociopathic girl, with a wry sense of humor, and a scarily good head on her shoulders. I should read more books with jet-setting, murderous femme fatales like her. I ha ...more
CD {Boulder Blvd}
Jun 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, over-rated
I read the hype and decided to check this out of the library. It's now due back and after numerous attempts I admit defeat and list this as a DNF. I just couldn't get into it. I wasn't thrilled with the story, couldn't get into it, tried skipping pages, still a no and finally couldn't even tell what I had read and what I didn't.

I need to to tell myself not to read any "hype" about a book. For me, it's almost always wrong.
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L. S. Hilton grew up in England and has lived in Key West, New York City, Paris, and Milan. After graduating from Oxford, she studied art history in Paris and Florence. She has worked as a journalist, art critic, and broadcaster, and is presently based in London. ~ Penguin Books

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