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Maestra’s sex-addicted, deadly anti-heroine difficult to root for

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message 1: by G (new) - rated it 3 stars

G Robert It’s difficult to find a reason to root for the lead character in L.S. Hilton’s debut novel, Maestra. Yet, you’ll keep turning the pages to see what happens next.

Like any number of crime thrillers to come out since the success of Gone Girl, the novel features a feisty anti-heroine, Judith Rashleigh. Judith, as it turns out, would just as soon as kill than worry about doing the right thing.

Throw in a fetish for heated, passionate sex right before she kills her victims, and you’ve got the basic premise of this book.

Whatever moral compass Judith once possessed is quickly erased the minute she realizes how much easier it is to kill someone for their money than to hold down an honest job. Of course, Judith believes she has good reason to exact her revenge on her male counterparts, all of whom are well to do and immensely rich.

A smart, talented individual, Judith is initially content to fetch coffee or trousers from the cleaners for her male superior at the British auction house where she’s worked for three years. But beneath it all she yearns to be taken seriously and to get a chance to prove herself in a “man’s world.”
Rather than do just that, however, Judith takes an entirely unexpected path.

Her first transgression down a darker road comes when she takes a job at a club on weekends. There, she all too easily sinks into a decidedly fake role as an escort to high-class clientele. Once again, she’s demeaned into service of the rich and the glamorous men she’s come to despise.

After losing her job, she hooks up with another aristocratic art connoisseur and unapologetically leeches off his riches in exchange for sex. The high society life of the glamorous and wealthy appeals to her so much that she’s unable to go back to a mediocre existence. So begins a trail of murder and deceit for her own personal gain, moral fortitude be damned.

The book is sexually graphic at times (you have been warned) and the main character as immoral as they come. It’s billed as the first in a three-book series, with Judith clearly careening towards a big fall by book three.

Sasha This is a review not a discussion. Did you have something you were trying to clarify / ask?

message 3: by G (new) - rated it 3 stars

G Robert Sorry, no. This is my first review here and I posted in the wrong place.

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