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About the Author
- ASIN : B08CDYRWGK
- Publisher : Little, Brown and Company (March 2, 2021)
- Publication date : March 2, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1263 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 270 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,856 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Even though Florence has had a less than impressive background in the publishing world, she is quick-witted, intelligent, and able to “fake it until you make it.” She also has a ruthless streak, on full display when she stalked a boss’s wife after a one-night stand with him. Then she attempted to blackmail him. This one of the first clues that there is a darker side to Florence.
When Florence accepts the job offer, she learns that Maud Dixon is, in fact, a pseudonym for Helen Wilcox, a peevish woman who is having a difficult time writing her second novel. As Helen’s assistant, Florence is charged with answering her voluminous e-mail as Maud Dixon. Many times, Florence must interpret Helen’s scribblings because the writer only writes in long-hand. Florence often inserts her own words rather than bother her angry boss.
Helen asks Florence to come with her to Morocco to help her research the second novel’s setting. Florence is ecstatic. Her life has come a long way from her upbringing by a single mother in Port Orange, Florida. The villa they rent has expansive views of the ocean. One night when Florence and Helen are at a local restaurant, they have too much to drink. Florence, who also plays chauffeur to Helen, wakes up the next day in a Moroccan hospital. Her car went off the road over a cliff and into the ocean. A fisherman saw the vehicle as it was sinking and reacted quickly, pulling Florence to safety. Helen is nowhere to be found. From this point on, Florence makes a series of decisions, which put her life in peril but offer her the chance to live the life she always dreamed of.
This novel is one of the most thrilling I’ve read in ages. The author, Alexandra Andrews, creates a plot that has the reader charging through the pages to find out what comes next. Her character of Florence is reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley. Florence’s increasingly desperate attempts to hold on to a luxurious lifestyle and maintain a fictitious persona kept me riveted. Although most of the plot involves increasing tension, some scenes are laugh-out-loud funny. My favorite is the one where a group of free-spirited ex-patriots in Morocco try to get Florence to play the drinking game of “Never Have I Ever.” Most thriller readers, fans of Patricia Highsmith, and those who like dark characters will love this book.
A fast-paced, twisted at every turn psychological thriller, your vision of the literary world will soon be upended. Florence has landed an entry level position at a publishing house, but she has set her sights on something far beyond administrative work and catty office chit chat. She’ll show her boss and her boss’s boss that she’ll do whatever it takes, and we’re not talking about fetching coffee, to reach the pinnacle of the book world. After all, she didn’t come to Manhattan from Gainesville for the sunshine. She might not have an ivy league diploma or the sophistication she desires but her street savvy could come in handy.
Florence’s naughtiness gets her fired, but she quickly dusts herself off and lands back on her feet with a new gig. Oh, the places she will go when she accepts a job as an assistant to best-selling novelist Maud Dixon, whose name is a pseudonym. Florence is going to get schooled in what it takes to become a real writer.
Set aside some time as you will become immersed in this suspenseful read. WHO IS MAUD DIXON is lively, wicked, and has more than a few laugh out loud moments.