Thoughts On: Maestra by L.S. Hilton

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Minor spoilers ahead.

Since finishing my second novel, I’ve had more free time to read. But like with trying to find books starting with K, I had a bit of a problem trying to find ones that started with L, which is why this review is coming first.]

I read Maestra a few months ago when it was being talked about all the time, but as you’ll no doubt see when you read my review, I wasn’t a fan.

Maestra (Maestra #1)

Title: Maestra

Author: L.S. Hilton

Published: 2016

Genres: Thriller, Fiction, Mystery

Buy from: Amazon

Blurb: By day Judith Rashleigh is a put-upon assistant 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 to 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.

Fatal attraction meets The Talented Mr Ripley in this darkly decadent thriller, soon to be a major Hollywood film, that asks:

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

Thoughts On: 

Premise: ***

It’s not the worst sound idea for a book.

Storytelling: ***

I couldn’t decide whether to give this one a 2 or a 3 at first; the narrative was a bit meandering at times, and I found myself losing focus more than once. And there were quite a few lengthy paragraphs on art history and random stuff which made it easy to lose attention. But this category was redeemed by the complete unexpectedness of where the story ends up going, and what the characters do, so it’s 3 stars for Unreliable Narrator of the Year.

Characters: **

There was no hesitation this time: I didn’t like the characters. I never connected with Judith or her friends, and I never understood why she did what she did.

Plot: **

Um… let’s just say some of the scenes were really detailed.

Ending: ***

Solely because I didn’t expect it to end the way it did.

Recommend: Probably not.

All opinions on this blog are mine.

I have not been paid to review these books.



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