Review: Maestra by LS Hilton

MaestraThe Blurb

WHERE DO YOU GO WHEN YOU’VE GONE TOO FAR?

Fatal Attraction meets The Talented Mr Ripley, soon to be a major Hollywood film – prepare for this year’s The Girl on the Train

“Riveting…One of the most memorable females in recent fiction” Amy Pascal, Columbia Pictures Producer

By day, Judith Rashleigh is a put-upon assistat at a London auction house.

By night she’s a hostess in one of the capital’s unsavoury bars.

Desperate to make something of herself, Judith knows she has to play the game. She’s learned to dress, speak and act in the interests of men. She’s learned t be a good girl. But after uncovering a dark secret at the heart of the art world, Judith is fired and her dreams of a better life are torn apart.

So she turns to a long-neglected friend.

A friend that kept her chin up and back straight through every past slight.

A friend that a good girl like her shouldn’t have: Rage.

The Talented Mr Ripley meets Gone Girl in this darkly decadent and compelling new thriller that asks:

Where do you go when you’ve gone too far?

The Review

Where do I start with Maestra?

Let’s start with the hype. I will admit that it was the hype (along with a funny and intriguing interview with the author on This Morning with the naughty Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby) that made me want to pick up this book. This method of choosing books to read has work well for me in the past; that was how I came to read Harry Potter. It has also left me with some poorly written books too – Fifty Shades, anyone?

Maestra falls somewhere in the middle.

It is a really accomplished book in that it is written very well. No one can argue with Hilton’s ability to write. However, I failed to take the story seriously as a thriller; I think I found the main character Judith to be just a bit ridiculous. She is reminiscent of a Bond villain but with a lack of credibility. She seems to slip into the role of sociopath far too seamlessly. What I did find refreshing is that Hilton does not try to justify Judith’s lifestyle by using a childhood trauma as reasoning for her actions. Well done Hilton for not taking the easy option.

I did really enjoy the art history featured in Maestra and it shows how skilled Hilton is as a writer. She seamlessly weaves her knowledge into the story.

Overall, Maestra is a good read. It is a holiday read but I don’t think it will be topping the list of my favourite books of the year.

Maestra by LS Hilton is available now.

3 Stars

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