THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "One of this year's most talked about novels." - The Washington Post "A twenty-first-century femme fatale as lethal as Tom Ripley and as seductive as Bacall." - Vogue A put-upon assistant at a prestigious London art house, Judith Rashleigh is well-educated, well-groomed, and impeccably behaved-keeping the darker desires she indulges on nights off as her own little secret. But when Judith uncovers a dangerous heist, her life is shattered and she's forced to run. Armed with just her wits and a talent for self-invention, she makes her way from the French Riviera to Geneva, Rome, and the nightclubs of Paris, determined to take back what is rightfully hers. The beginning of a darkly irresistible trilogy, Maestra follows the rise of Judith, a woman whose vulnerability and ruthlessness have left readers worldwide begging to know: where do you go when you've gone too far?
"What makes a woman who'll do anything to get what she wants so threatening...and thrilling?...It's Judith's modes of retaliation that make her a radical heroine. She deploys a uniquely female arsenal...weaponizing femininity...It's hard not to feel vicariously empowered by a woman unapologetically in pursuit. Let's call her the Sheryl Sandberg of sociopaths, leaning in to the hilt." - O, The Oprah Magazine " Maestra will be one of this year's most talked-about novels...Judith may well be [a] more interesting character [than Patricia Highsmith's Tom Ripley]...Will Judith's dreams come true, or will her crimes catch up with her? We won't know right away. At least two more of her adventures remain...More mayhem, more art-and certainly more sex-lie ahead for insatiable Judith and for all those consenting adults who will delight in her endless ups and downs." - The Washington Post "This year's most erotic novel makes Fifty Shades look like the Bible. If British author L. S. Hilton had her way, her new book Maestra would come with a warning label on it. "It would say, 'THIS IS NOT A LOVE STORY.'"...Bound to be the It beach book of the summer...Unapologetic, confident and quite the sociopath, protagonist Judith Rashleigh is no Anastasia Steele." - New York Post " Maestra features a feisty, morally complex and sharp heroine who may appeal to fans of Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl ." - The New York Times "An unpredictable London auction-house assistant turned high-class escort slips effortlessly into the world of the glamorous and wealthy, crossing international borders and leaving destruction in her wake." - The Wall Street Journal , "5 Killer Books for 2016" "The European art world mixes with an underground world (hint: sex parties). This thriller is like The Talented Mr. Ripley meets The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo . Warning: it's VNSFW. That V is for very." - "[J]ubilantly mordant...Already optioned for the big screen by Amy Pascal, [ Maestra is] the story of a twenty-first-century femme fatale as lethal as Tom Ripley and as seductive as Bacall." "Ever since Gillian Flynn dominated the book club circuit (and the big screen) with her psychological thriller Gone Girl , everyone's been waiting for the next mystery to sink their teeth into. [ Maestra ] is it. The best part? It's the first in a trilogy."- InStyle "Judith is a compelling and oddly relatable narrator. The challenges she faces as an outsider trying to break in are near-universal, particularly since she battles a male-dominated field and works against her own socioeconomic background...A taut, meaty thriller that's certainly on par with those bestselling 'girls' in terms of intrigue, surprising twists, and unputdownableness, while Judith Rashleigh's single-minded and self-centered quest for wealth and acceptance could well be the most compelling since Patrick Bateman's." -Chicago Review of Books "As readable as any crime thriller, but also clearly belongs in the literary tradition of Moll Flanders and Vanity Fair ."- Sunday Times (UK) "Meet Judith, an art-house assistant who'll make you root for the bad girl once you really get to know her."- Marie Claire "The name Judith Rashleigh will be on everyone's lips, just like Amy Dunne ( Gone Girl ) and Lisbeth Salander ( The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ) were in summers past...Thank the book gods that L. S. Hilton's Maestra is only the first installment in a series."- Redbook "A Gone Girl -like thriller...This heavily hyped novel has already secured a seven-figure movie deal with Amy Pascal." -Hollywood Reporter "You're going to want to hurry up and read this R-rated psychological thriller before it hits the big screen-it's already been optioned by Columbia Pictures. Think 50 Shades of Grey meets The Talented Mr. Riple y."-Allure.com "Delicious escapism-I loved it!"-Clare Mackintosh, international bestselling author of I Let You Go "[A]