The Hollywood Assistant

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Published by: Berkley
Release Date: July 9, 2024
Pages: 416
ISBN13: 978-0593546826


Offered a dream job in Hollywood with a famous director and his actress wife, an insecure woman becomes their personal assistant where their secrets and lies place her in the crosshairs of a murder investigation.

Cassidy Foster is heartbroken, stuck in life, and getting a little too obsessed with plants. Then when a well-connected friend becomes sick of Cassidy’s moping and gets her a gig with famous Hollywood couple, Marisol and Nate Sterling, Cassidy jumps at the chance to move to sunny LA.

The Sterlings are warm and welcoming. A perfect couple. All Cassidy has to do is be available a few hours a week for errands. In return, she has access to luxury: Designer clothes. A sparkling pool. Great pay.

When Nate takes interest in her, asking her to read scripts he’s written, Cassidy thinks this could be the key to kickstarting her writing dreams. As their business relationship grows, so does their attraction. Nate is sexy and talented, and Cassidy can’t believe her luck. Clearly, Marisol doesn’t know what she has. Maybe that’s why the two are always fighting when they think Cassidy isn’t around.

But Cassidy learns she was hired for a different purpose. The Sterlings aren’t the perfect couple. Marisol isn’t the perfect wife. And when one of them is found dead, Cassidy becomes the perfect suspect.

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“Dare I say this is May Cobb’s best yet? The queen of sultry crime—the empress of women’s wrongs—is back with her most sumptuous and sensual book yet, set in an L.A. of apricot skies and ice-cold martinis, filled with taut, sweaty bodies you aren’t allowed to touch. Cobb crafts an expert tale of women whose longing and desire exceeds social acceptability, giving us anti-heroines who plot and take and don’t apologize—and who always, one way or another, come out on top. May Cobb is redefining the femme fatale for the twenty-first century—and, like her fatal femmes, The Hollywood Assistant is a hot, twisted, messed-up masterpiece.”
—Ashley Winstead, author of Midnight is the Darkest Hour

"...deliciously twisty.."
—Publishers Weekly

"The Hollywood Assistant is as fun and as fresh as its title—and fast: think Frieda McFadden’s The Housemaid—but sharp, too, and provocative, with a subtly retro attitude that recalls 80s cinema classics. I've said it before and I'll say it again: May Cobb writes suspense you can mainline."
­—A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

The Hollywood Assistant by May Cobb is the best kind of stay-up-all-night-page-turner: wickedly creepy, steamy, and intense. Expertly plotted and brimming with dark surprises, The Hollywood Assistant is classic Cobb. I was absolutely transfixed. Don't miss this knock-out thrill ride.“
—Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Overnight Guest

"Every single May Cobb book is a treat I cannot put down. Nobody writes characters as relatable as Cobb, I don't know how she does it! It's like she's in my head, reading all of my intrusive thoughts, and she's poured them into her main characters. A delicious book I tore through in one sitting."
—Jesse Q. Sutanto, author of You Will Never Be Me

"May Cobb pulls back the curtain on Hollywood glamor in a sexy, twisty mystery that will have readers guessing (and gasping) until the very last page. "
—Robyn Harding, internationally bestselling author of The Drowning Woman

"The Hollywood Assistant is May Cobb at her best and like we've never seen her before—bringing her signature Piney Woods noir to Hollywood, where everyone is a performer and no motivation is pure. Cobb understands the dark hearts of women, the cravings—for power, success, love—that make things go bump in the night. It's impossible to choose a favorite Cobb novel, but with its sinister Rear Window twists and homage to classic erotic thrillers, The Hollywood Assistant is at the top of my list."
—Katie Gutierrez, bestselling author of More Than You'll Ever Know

“May Cobb hits it out of the park yet again with this juicy, twisty thriller about a dream job that quickly turns into a nightmare. With a sun-soaked California setting, ratcheting tension, and simmering secrets coming to a boil, The Hollywood Assistant is a read that demands to be finished in one setting. Sexy, addictive, and bursting with complicated marriage and relationship dynamics... any reader will be desperate to know what happens next.”
—Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of The Girls Are All So Nice Here

"Pack those bags because you do not want to miss May Cobb's dark and sexy The Hollywood Assistant, where we leave East Texas behind for the City of Angels and oh so many devils, some whispering on our shoulder, some trying to get into our bed, but either way, you don't want to miss one twisted word!"
—Vanessa Lillie, USA Today bestselling author of Blood Sisters

"A scorching sizzler of a thriller that grabs you by the neck from the opening line and doesn't release its hold until the brilliantly devious ending. May Cobb is a virtuoso at creating completely absorbing storylines and The Hollywood Assistant is her best work to date. Cobb's endless talent is on full display in The Hollywood Assistant with a protagonist whose once-in-a-lifetime job embroils her in the fiery marriage between an actress and a director. I fell headfirst into the characters' secrets and lies, betrayals and machinations, ripping through the pages as though my own life depended on what came next. Cobb is indomitable, and this is THE book that will get you out of any reading slump."
—Samantha M. Bailey, USA Today bestselling author of A Friend in the Dark

“May Cobb’s The Hollywood Assistant is an impeccably plotted thriller that twists again and again, drawing you deeper with each turn into the layers of obsession and manipulation that writhe under the dazzling surface of Hollywood glamor. But don’t be fooled as you sink into the sensuous mirage Cobb weaves in the opening chapters–the minute you’re swooning, she’ll stab you.”
—Jenna Satterthwaite, author of Made for You

“A wild and gripping ride.”

"This is a fun, twisty, soapy thriller, that hits all the right notes. A perfect beach read."
—Red Carpet Crash