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Wie is Maud Dixon? by Alexandra Andrews
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Wie is Maud Dixon? (edition 2021)

by Alexandra Andrews, Hien Montijn

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A "stylish and sharp" character-driven suspense novel, "with wicked hairpin turns," about a famous novelist and a small-town striver locked in a struggle for fortune and fame. (Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette?) Florence Darrow is a low-level publishing employee who believes that she's destined to be a famous writer. When she stumbles into a job the assistant to the brilliant, enigmatic novelist known as Maud Dixon -- whose true identity is a secret -- it appears that the universe is finally providing Florence's big chance.   The arrangement seems perfect. Maud Dixon (whose real name, Florence discovers, is Helen Wilcox) can be prickly, but she is full of pointed wisdom -- not only on how to write, but also on how to live. Florence quickly falls under Helen's spell and eagerly accompanies her to Morocco, where Helen's new novel is set. Amidst the colorful streets of Marrakesh and the wind-swept beaches of the coast, Florence's life at last feels interesting enough to inspire a novel of her own.   But when Florence wakes up in the hospital after a terrible car accident, with no memory of the previous night -- and no sign of Helen -- she's tempted to take a shortcut. Instead of hiding in Helen's shadow, why not upgrade into Helen's life? Not to mention her bestselling pseudonym . . .   Taut, twisty, and viciously entertaining, Who is Maud Dixon is a stylish psychological thriller about how far into the darkness you're willing to go to claim the life you always wanted. One of the Most Anticipated Books of 2021 GoodReads * LitHub * CrimeReads * Town & Country * New York Post * Wall Street Journal… (more)
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Title:Wie is Maud Dixon?
Authors:Alexandra Andrews
Other authors:Hien Montijn
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On the one hand, the plot was pretty good for a mystery thriller. On the other, I don't like books where everyone's an insufferable asshole. If you can get past that though, you'll probably like this. ( )
  tuusannuuska | Dec 1, 2022 |
This was an odd book in that I did not any of the characters but I still enjoyed the book. It doesn't usually work that way for me but it somehow did this time around. It was also a very similar plot to a book I just finished but I think I found this one more entertaining. I give this a solid 3.5 stars and would recommend to thriller fans. ( )
  JediBookLover | Oct 29, 2022 |
At the beginning this looked like the plot would be predictable but in fact there were so many twists and turns that it was dizzying. Well done and hugely entertaining. This thriller is a debut but I'll watch for more from the author. ( )
  VivienneR | Aug 12, 2022 |
2022 pandemic read. Learned a lot about the publishing world. Again. ( )
  bookczuk | Jul 2, 2022 |
Recently, I was in the mood for a fast-paced thriller that was well-written and unpredictable and was sorely disappointed by the book I chose -- one that had been on more than a few "most anticipated" lists and which was marketed as a "literary thriller." And since I don't learn from experience, I picked up another fitting exactly the same bill. And this one was everything the other thriller was not. It sped along at a relentless pace, contained an unlikely quantity of twists and turns, featured two utter unlikeable and also fascinating characters and it was well-written and fun to read. I suspect that a few of the plot lines do not hold together under close examination, but I was so taken with this book, and I raced through it so quickly, that that didn't matter in the slightest.

The novel starts with Florence, small town Florida girl who went to the state university and then got a job with a New York publishing house, only to find herself well out of her comfort zone. Her fellow co-workers come from well-heeled, private school backgrounds, giving them a facility negotiating the New York social world that Florence feels she will never have. After a drunken encounter with an older man much higher up in the company, Florence makes some very bad decisions, which lead her to grabbing at a job offer to be the assistant of a reclusive best-selling author. The story begins with a set up that could easily sustain an entire novel, and uses it as an opener. From there, things become much wilder as Florence becomes more and more fascinated and curious about her secretive employer. When they both travel to Morocco to do some research for the next novel, things veer out of control. ( )
  RidgewayGirl | May 31, 2022 |
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An ambitious aspiring writer gets a dream job working for her favorite author. Andrews' devilishly clever debut opens at a publishing-house holiday party in a New York bar where editorial assistant Florence Darrow and her colleagues are debating "the question asked in countless magazine articles, online forums, and publishing lunches all over town": Who is the author behind the pseudonym Maud Dixon? Someone says they've heard it's a man! As one of the millions of fans of Dixon's debut novel, Mississippi Foxtrot, Florence dismisses the importance of the author's gender. "She knew that, whoever she was, she was an outsider, like Florence herself." Later that night, Florence ends up in a hotel with her editorial director, who happens to be married to a famous actress. "He must have known," Florence later muses, "that sleeping with a young assistant who worked for him had the potential to destroy both his career and his family." But when Florence tries to parlay their connection into a book deal, it is she who ends up losing her job. Oddly, though, she's not worried about being broke and jobless--she's sure the universe is watching out for her. And she may be right, because two weeks later she's asked to apply for a job as personal assistant to Maud Dixon herself. This delightful publishing satire continues for about half the book, and just when you're thinking "Didn't they say this was a thriller?" the wild suspense plot kicks in. The story leaps from an isolated estate outside Hudson, New York, to the dusty medinas and towering cliffs of Morocco, and here the comparisons to The Talented Mr. Ripley start to make sense. At every diabolical twist and turn, Andrews' impish sense of humor peeks around the corner to jack up the fun. Terrific characters, vivid settings, and a deliciously dastardly, cunningly constructed plot.
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A "stylish and sharp" character-driven suspense novel, "with wicked hairpin turns," about a famous novelist and a small-town striver locked in a struggle for fortune and fame. (Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette?) Florence Darrow is a low-level publishing employee who believes that she's destined to be a famous writer. When she stumbles into a job the assistant to the brilliant, enigmatic novelist known as Maud Dixon -- whose true identity is a secret -- it appears that the universe is finally providing Florence's big chance.   The arrangement seems perfect. Maud Dixon (whose real name, Florence discovers, is Helen Wilcox) can be prickly, but she is full of pointed wisdom -- not only on how to write, but also on how to live. Florence quickly falls under Helen's spell and eagerly accompanies her to Morocco, where Helen's new novel is set. Amidst the colorful streets of Marrakesh and the wind-swept beaches of the coast, Florence's life at last feels interesting enough to inspire a novel of her own.   But when Florence wakes up in the hospital after a terrible car accident, with no memory of the previous night -- and no sign of Helen -- she's tempted to take a shortcut. Instead of hiding in Helen's shadow, why not upgrade into Helen's life? Not to mention her bestselling pseudonym . . .   Taut, twisty, and viciously entertaining, Who is Maud Dixon is a stylish psychological thriller about how far into the darkness you're willing to go to claim the life you always wanted. One of the Most Anticipated Books of 2021 GoodReads * LitHub * CrimeReads * Town & Country * New York Post * Wall Street Journal

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