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Who Is Maud Dixon?

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Florence Darrow is a small-town striver who believes that she's destined to become a celebrated writer. When she stumbles into the opportunity to become the assistant to "Maud Dixon," a celebrated-but anonymous-novelist (think: Elena Ferrante), she believes that the universe is finally providing her big chance. The arrangement feels idyllic; Helen can be prickly, but she i ...more
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published March 2nd 2021 by Little, Brown And Company
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Yun
Apr 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Wowzers, what the heck did I just read!

Who Is Maud Dixon? That is indeed the question. She is a novelist who has won critical acclaim and commercial success, but no one knows the identity of the person behind the pseudonym. Enter Florence Darrow, an assistant at a publishing company. She's not happy with her slavish job, but feels it's a stepping stone to becoming the famous and revered writer that she is meant to be. Unfortunately, she isn't getting any closer to her goal, until a series of cho
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Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
***HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY***

This a debut novel and I was really impressed!!!! The premise was great, the characters were well developed and the description of Morocco was transporting! The novel flowed beautifully and I turned the pages rapidly to see what would happen next! I would call this a suspenseful novel with a thrilling ending!

I am always drawn to books about writing and the publishing industry, so that was the main reason I chose this book.

We first meet our main protagonist, Florence
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Michael David
Mar 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Who is Maud Dixon?

Her name is a pseudonym, but that’s the only thing her millions of fans know about her after reading her hit debut novel.

Florence Darrow works as an assistant editor and has dreams of becoming a successful author. She doesn’t really have ambition though. That is until she gets a rare opportunity of a lifetime: working as the assistant to the one and only Maud Dixon, elusive novelist. Florence jumps at the chance after interviewing with Maud’s agent, who is the only other person
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MarilynW
Apr 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who Is Maud Dixon? by Alexandra Andrews (Author), Thérèse Plummer (Narrator)

Florence Darrow is a 26 year old piece of work. She might have some talent and brains but it can be hard to tell as she covets what everyone else has while feeling sorry for herself for not having it. She wouldn't mind having what they have without lifting a finger to earn it. She thinks she deserves it all, without question. She gets an idea and runs headlong off to put it into action, with nary a twinge of conscience t
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Liz
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
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I’m always worried when books are compared to best sellers or famous authors. In this case it’s recommended for folks who enjoyed The Silent Patient and Patricia Highsmith’s works. Will it live up to the comparison?
Florence fancies herself a writer but isn’t actually writing. She’s one of those young people who sort of floats through life, working a job she doesn’t like, having sex with a married man. She takes a job as the assistant to a writer, hoping to learn from her. But then she sees an
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Linda
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
The words you speak become the house you live in.

And words are at the core of Who Is Maud Dixon? Words tossed about, words spoken in secrecy, and words sprawling upon the pages of a best selling novel.

Alexandra Andrews gifts us with the character of Florence Darrow. Florence hails from Gainesville, Florida and wears it like a second skin. Even at twenty-six, she is nothing but naive with hardly a drop of any experiential background to speak of. Her mother, Vera, constantly checks in on her only
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Jayme
Mar 06, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5

I liked it. But, I didn't love it.

Florence Darrow is working an entry level job at Forrester books, but she believes she is destined to be a famous writer.

When she is offered an opportunity to become an assistant to "Maud Dixon" pseudonym of the celebrated author, Helen Wilcox, she doesn't hesitate to sign a non-disclosure agreement and relocate for a chance to learn from the best selling novelist.

Just when they are settling into a routine, Helen (Maud) decides they need to take a research
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This review is going to contain very mild spoilers that are mostly mentioned on the back of the book jacket. WHO IS MAUD DIXON is a Patricia Highsmith-esque tale of stolen identity and opportunism. Maud Dixon is the best-selling author of a work of literary fiction called Mississippi Foxtrot, a tale of murder and obsession. Nobody knows who the author is, which means that his or her identity is the subject of much speculation among the l
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Jayme
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Who is Maud Dixon?

Buckle up your seat belt for a wild ride!

Florence Darrow has high hopes of becoming a well-known novelist. Working as a low level assistant at a New York publishing house, she is thrilled when she receives an offer to work for her favorite author. She jumps at the chance to upgrade her status and live the life her mother always envisioned for her. However, the one caveat is that she must not reveal her boss’s identity. Can she keep the secret?

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute o
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Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
The word cautionary is not a part of Florence Darrow's makeup. She makes rash decisions without thinking of the consequences and does what many of us would call foolish things. Florence is lonely, realizing her job is just a dull boring thing, not the glamorous fun filled work she pictured herself to have after "escaping" her over bearing mother and her small-town existence. One less than sober weeknight, Florence has a one-night stand with a high-level boss. She rushes ahead, becomes fixated on ...more
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Who Is Maud Dixon? That is a good question and I was intrigued by the premise of this book, I just had to read it. I picked it up at lunchtime and stayed up late to finish it - it is that good. It is clever and twisty and you won't know what to expect. Do yourself a favour - pick up this book, you won't regret it.

This is a hard book to discuss without giving away major spoilers! Florence Darrow is an aspiring novelist from Florida who is working as an assistant for a New York publishing house. H
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Javier
Mar 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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4,5 ⭐️

Who is Maud Dixon? That's the question everyone wants an answer for. After her debut novel becomes a huge success everyone wants to know who hides behind the pen name so when the chance to be her assistant comes up, aspiring writer Florence Darrow jumps at it. During a research trip to Morocco everything seems to be going fine until Florences wakes up in a hospital after surviving a car crash but, where is Maud Dixon, who was in
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Anissa
This was fun! This was a fresh twist on the Imposter trope & I couldn't stop tapping my screen for the next page. I don't want to give away spoilers because that's the real fun here but do know that it is a little slow at some points. Honestly, the parts when Florence had any sort of hookup liaison felt like it lingered aimlessly for a bit. They both reached purposeful ends but I felt they could have arrived there sooner. The first especially has a good payoff that propelled her trajectory worth ...more
Denise
Feb 19, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

For me, this is one of those debuts where you can see that the author has the writing chops and it was nearly a great read, but in the end, fell a bit flat.

Protagonist Florence Darrow is a low-level publishing employee who stumbles into a job as the assistant to a novelist whose pen name is Maud Dixon - no one knows her real identity, and Florence thinks this is finally her chance to change her fate and become a famous writer herself under Maud's tutelage. The arrangement seems perfec
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Dennis
4.5 stars!

The reign of bad books has stopped with Alexandra Andrews' debut novel, Who is Maud Dixon? , so put this book on your TBR now! I can't believe this is a debut novel because the writing is smart, intriguing, and utterly juicy. This is a psychological thriller that I can get behind.

The story focuses on Florence Darrow, a young assistant at a publishing house in NYC (shoutout to my one of my favorite neighborhoods Astoria!). Young and naive, Florence gets herself in a bit of trouble wh
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Apr 05, 2021 rated it liked it
Well, I did my best to enjoy my reading and writing a powerful, positive review about this novel because the idea of impersonating an author in a Highsmith-ian mystery picked my interest from the beginning and each book written about dark sides of publishing industry are too close to be winners for me!

Florence is ambitious character who wants to climb career ladders and hang out with rich elites of literature circle. Her moral compass already loses its direction. As she works at the beginner le
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Jessica Woodbury
I have complained a bit the last few years about Highsmith-ian novels that are just such straight-up ripoffs that they feel tired instead of exciting. I love Highsmith and I am here for Highsmith-ian twisty books but I also want a book to stand very firmly on its own two feet. This book does that quite well. It is hard to describe because it is not one thing, but keeps shifting into different things, and that is one of its real joys and what keeps it nimble and not another retread.

At the beginni
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Barbara Schultz
Florence Darrow is a want-to-be an author, she is currently living in NYC working as assistant editor. She thought by moving to New York, she would have far more opportunities than she had in her small town in Florida. She is super excited when Florence a well-known author calls her in need of an assistant. She and Florence hit it off and is excited when invited to go along to Morocco to do research.

The book endorsement states that this is for readers of The Silent Patient. I am not a fan of w
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Melissa Borsey
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is one off the rails entertaining read! Florence knows she’s meant to be an author, it is her dream. She gets the chance to be an assistant to an anonymous best selling author and when her boss is presumed dead after a car accident, Florence thinks this may be her chance to shine. However, Florence has no idea just who her boss really is. Be careful what you wish for. I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this fun book.
Denise
Mar 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fun debut that took me by surprise after a sort of slow start that built to a wild climax and a fitting conclusion.

Florence Darrow, an editorial assistant at Forrester Books, isn't living the life she imagined. She'd always thought of herself as eventually becoming a famous author, but her job in New York hasn't opened up the opportunities she'd expected. When she makes a series of stupid decisions that result in her termination at Forrester Books, she's thrilled when offered a position
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MicheleReader
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Florence Darrow is working as an assistant at a New York City publishing house fully believing she will one day be a famous author. When she lands a job as the new assistant to Maud Dixon (a pseudonym for the reclusive Helen Wilcox) whose first novel has become a sensation, Florence believes she can learn from Helen and will be closer to realizing her dream. But Florence cannot reveal anything about her new job and she is only the second person to know the true identity of Maud Dixon, who refuse ...more
Crystal Hiatt
Apr 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wom2021
That twist at the end was so well done and so good!
This book is reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith's 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' while still being uniquely its own.
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Jill
Jan 22, 2021 rated it liked it
Who is Maud Dixon is such a fun and twisty ride that it’s almost easy to ignore some of the preposterous plot twists.

Consider this: a young and aspirational would-be writer named Florence Darrow works at a publishing house in a low-level position. Early on, the reader catches glimpses that she’s not the millk-fed small towner she appears to be; she has a dark side to her. Suddenly, a major opportunity falls in her lap: she is asked to become the assistant to “Maud Dixon” an anonymous novelist w
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oohlalabooks
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow this is a refreshing psychological thriller and I love it! We quickly meet Florence Darrow, from Port Orange, Florida, an editorial assistant at Forrester Books in NYC. She believes she’s destined to be a celebrated writer and it may just happen! Helen Wilcox wrote Mississippi Foxtrot under the pen name Maud Dixon, selling three million copies. She’s in the midst of writing her second book and handpicks Florence to be her assistant. They soon travel to Morocco where things begin to shake up ...more
Sana
May 02, 2020 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts
A psychological suspense featuring a world-famous novelist and her frustrated young publishing assistant, I WANT
Christina
Mar 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Maud Dixon, for starters, is not real. Maud Dixon is simply a name - a pseudonym for one of America’s most celebrated writers. No one, except for “Maud’s” literary agent, knows the true person behind the pseudonym.

At the same time, we have our protagonist, Florence Darrow. In the beginning of the book I found myself very annoyed with Florence and, in turn, the author, because I thought the author was endorsing the super creepy things Florence was saying. I soon realized, however, that Florence w
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Lian Dolan
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is bananas. I loved it. Who is Maud Dixon? is everything you want in a page-turner: smart, inventive and chock full of twists and turns. Alexandra Andrews's debut novel will undoubtedly spawn copy cats because it's the real deal with real character development, exotic settings and some totally believable relationships. Not one false story beat. It's also a book about books and writing and storytelling, so a winning combination for me. Well done. Loved it. ...more
hillary ☾ ⋆*・゚:⋆
A psychological suspence with a novelist and her publishing assistant as the main characters? SAY NO MORE
Holly  B
This book!!!

It totally entertained from start to finish!

It is a debut novel and I was over the top engaged, the character development is impressive and I couldn't help but ditch all my errands and just sit outside and flip the pages while I was immersed in what was building up.

It had some Hitchcock like moments (yes, I had to smile), a Moroccan setting, a manipulative and layered plot. I wasn't sure who I was rooting for until the end.

If you love books about books, conniving characters, and
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Onceinabluemoon
Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 rounding up because as a first novel it was very entertaining! I must confess I ruined the book for myself, I had the audio playing, was at 30% when I accidentally bumped it up to around 80%, I listened to less than a minute when I realized I was at the key reveal 😱! When I went back I knew what every little hint meant, bottom line it was a clever book, despite knowing the results!
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