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Who is Maud Dixon?

de Alexandra Andrews

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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.… (més)
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This was your basic thriller with a literary twist. It met all of my expectations, but it didn’t really exceed them. I didn’t feel really invested in the main character… I didn’t really care what happened to her. She made choices I don’t think I would have made or connected to so that took me out of the story. I was intrigued by the various twists and turns that were thrown at the readers, but they were also expected in a way. In the grande scheme of things it was a good book. ( )
  clougreen | May 26, 2024 |
This was recommended as a good summer beach read. I haven't been to a beach yet this summer but I listened to it while doing other summer activities. It was fast-paced and compelling but really quite unbelievable.

Florence Darrow has been working in New York City as an editorial assistant in a publishing firm. At a holiday party she goes off to have a one-night stand with her boss's boss who, of course, is married. Although she assured the man afterwards that they were good, she started stalking his wife and kids. Then, unbelievably, she sent him pictures that she had taken of them. Of course, she was fired. Like everyone else (it seemed) she had read Mississippi Foxtrot by Maud Dixon. Maud Dixon is a pseudonym and only her agent knows who she really is. Then Florence gets offered a job as a personal assistant for the reclusive author, Helen Wilcox, and learns that she is Maud Dixon. Florence moves into the guesthouse on Helen's property and is soon acting like a rock musician fan by trying to look and sound and write like Helen. (Naturally, Florence is an aspiring writer.) Helen, for her part, seems to quite like Florence. When Helen suggests going to Morocco to do research for her new novel Florence is thrilled. They set themselves up in a villa on the coast near a small town that gets its share of American tourists. Life seems too good to be true to Florence and that is when everything goes to hell in a handbasket. Florence is pulled from the car they have rented after driving off the coast road. In the hospital when she regains consciousness everyone starts calling her Madame Wilcox Florence cannot remember driving or going off the road but she thinks Helen must have been with her. Does that mean Helen died in the crash? The only identification left to her is Helen's so she decides to become Helen. Possibly not the best decision Florence has made as later events will show.

Neither Helen nor Florence are very likable characters. I always stuggle with a book when I can't like or at least empathisize with the main characters. Yet another reason for my less than rave of a review. ( )
  gypsysmom | Jul 22, 2023 |
I can't help but wonder what a good writer would have done with this plot. Andrews isn't a bad writer in the sense that someone like Dan Brown is. She puts together sentences quite well, and the setting of the story, whether it is New York City, an isolated house in the woods, or Morocco, is well done. It is the gaping holes in the plot that made this an exasperating listen. We can see from the start that our protagonist, Florence, is not a very good person, or a very smart person. But her inability to spot the obvious gets trying after a while. The reader (or listener) can pretty much predict the plot turns before they happen. The author manages to throw in a twist or two regarding the details, but the big shocks aren't that shocking, because the paint-by-number plot requires them. There are so many problems with the plot that it would take too long to list them all, but, for one, does the author understand that modern US passports include biometric information? Even if two people look alike, the biometric information will clearly differentiate them. To sum it up, I certainly had to listen to this book to the end to find out the final details of what happened. There again, we have some serious issues. Such as wills being contested by actual relatives....

I don't expect to read this author again. (The audiobook narrator was quite good, however. She was able to give the characters very different voices without turning them in to caricatures.) ( )
  datrappert | Jul 17, 2023 |
Somebody mentioned this book in the same praising sentence as the 7 husbands of Evelyn Hugo so i went in with high hopes; imagine my disappointment!
The story is good enough to want to get to the end of it. ( )
  NG_YbL | Jul 12, 2023 |
3.5?
i have no clue how to rate this one. the first 60% of the book were boring but i pushed thru bc of the reviews and the promise of amazing plot twists. well I did get the plot twists but i predicted most of them, so it didnt really pay off for the boring first half. i did enjoy the book but I also feel nothing after finishing, I think i just hyped the book too much for myself for months and i was just underwhelmed???? but also its a debut so i dont wanna be harsh, it was still solid ( )
  chardenlover | Jun 10, 2023 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 38 (següent | mostra-les totes)
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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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.

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