The Story

Unlimited wealth hides unimaginable secrets...

Maestra by L.S. Hilton

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

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

By night she’s a hostess at one of the capital’s notorious champagne bars.

To get what she wants

She’s transformed her accent and taught herself about wine and the correct use of a dessert fork, not to mention the art of discretion. She’s learned to be a good girl. But when Judith is fired for uncovering a dark secret at the heart of the art world—and her honest efforts at a better life are destroyed—she turns to a long-neglected friend. A friend who kept her chin up and back straight through every slight: Rage

She will cross every line

Feeling reckless, she accompanies one of the champagne bar’s biggest clients to the French Riviera, only to find herself alone again after a fatal accident. Tired of striving and the slow crawl to the top, Judith has a realization: If you need to turn yourself into someone else, loneliness is a good place to start. And she’s been lonely a long time.

Maestra is a glamorous, ferocious thriller and the beginning of a razor-sharp trilogy that introduces the darkly irresistible Judith Rashleigh, a femme fatale for the ages whose vulnerability and ruthlessness will keep you guessing until the last page.

  • “Don’t underestimate Judith Rashleigh. With her life and everything she’s worked for at stake, Maestra’s fierce, unforgettable anti-heroine crafts a brilliant and dangerous scheme that she will go to shocking lengths to pull off. An edgy, decadent thriller that delivers shocking twists.”

    Laura McHugh, award-winning author of The Weight of Blood

  • 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

  • “Judith is no victim, and proves herself ballsier and more unflinching than the gangsters ostensibly running the show.”

    Glamour (UK)

  • Maestra is riveting, with a dominant character who is brilliant, sly, deadly, and entirely in control of her life. The book is unpredictable and multifaceted. Judith is one of the most memorable females in recent fiction; she is a marvelous character, perfect for film.”

    Amy Pascal, Columbia/Tri-Star producer