FICTION

Who Is Maud Dixon?

Hachette Audio. Mar. 2021. 9:11 hrs. ISBN 9781549109843. $40. THRILLER
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Florence Darrow is working a low-level job at a publishing house, though she believes she’s destined to be a great author. When she’s offered the position of assistant to “Maud Dixon,” an adored pseudonymous author in the vein of Elene Ferrante, she signs the NDA without a second thought and moves to the writer’s home in the Catskills, a condition of the job. Maud’s real name is Helen Wilcox, and she’s bright, sophisticated, a little caustic—everything Florence thinks a writer should be. Florence begins typing up Helen’s latest manuscript, occasionally subbing in her own phrases when she can’t read Helen’s handwriting, but the work isn’t progressing as quickly as it needs to in order to meet the deadlines. On top of it all, Helen proposes a research trip to Morocco. A few days after they arrive, Florence wakes up in the hospital, the only survivor of a serious car crash. If Helen is gone, the role of Maud Dixon is free for the taking…right? Therese Plummer’s steady narration keeps listeners grounded on the wild ride that ensues.
VERDICT Even with some predictable twists and coincidences that defy credibility, fans of thrillers and bad decisions won’t be able to stop listening until the end.
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