The Muse

Although I have not yet read Jessie Burtons previous book 'The Miniaturist', when I found this book I was instantly intrigued and decided that it was something I needed to read.

The Muse is a multi layered story written by best selling novelist Jessie Burton, set in two different periods of history around two different women, joined together by a great art mystery.

A trinidadian woman named Odelle Bastien is living in late 1960s London and working in an art gallery.  She meets a man with an interesting painting and Odelle is determined to uncover the truth surrounding the once lost masterpiece with so many secrets.  The secrets of the painting lie in the past, this is where we meet Olive Schloss, the daughter of a renowned art dealer living in 1930s Spain.  Olive has a passion for art which isn't quite understood by her parents and an acceptance to a prestigious art school.

I don't want to give to much away as this is such a great story, that can only truly be appreciated through reading it.  The Muse definitely doesn't disappoint, the writing is beautiful,creative and moves in a way that allows the story to flow back and forth through different times.  Jessie Burton clearly has a talent for catching your eye and keeping you engaged throughout, I never wanted to put it down and almost fell over at least twice whilst reading and walking, I cannot wait to read The Miniaturist after reading this.

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Published by Alysha Appleton