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'Maestra' by L.S. Hilton: EW review

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Maestra

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
L.S. Hilton
publisher:
G.P. Putnam's Sons
genre:
Thriller

We gave it a B

Patrick Bateman, Tom Ripley, Dr. Hannibal Lecter: It feels like most literary psychopaths are men, with sex and masculine power sewn into the linings of their bloodstained, perfectly tailored suits. Sure, you can find their female counterparts—Chelsea Cain’s deeply terrifying Gretchen Lowell comes to mind—but for whatever reason, it seems like there aren’t that many of them. Enter Maestra, a sensual, sweat-suffused thriller that begins as the story of Judith Rashleigh, an unassuming gallery assistant in London, and then, faster than the flick of a knife, shifts into a crash course in high fashion, luxury travel, and murders of convenience. It’s the speed of that turn that keeps Maestra engaging throughout, but Judith remains frustratingly distant, and that mires the novel in the realm of macabre wish fulfillment. B