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The Muse
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The Muse


The Sunday Times Number One Bestseller

A picture hides a thousand words . . .

On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever. Having struggled to find her place in the city since she arrived from Trinidad five years ago, she has been offered a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick. But though Quick takes Odelle into her confidence, and unlocks a potential she didn't know she had, she remains a mystery - no more so than when a lost masterpiece with a secret history is delivered to the gallery.

The truth about the painting lies in 1936 and a large house in rural Spain, where Olive Schloss, the daughter of a renowned art dealer, is harbouring ambitions of her own. Into this fragile paradise come artist and revolutionary Isaac Robles and his half-sister Teresa, who immediately insinuate themselves into the Schloss family, with explosive and devastating consequences . . .

Seductive, exhilarating and suspenseful, The Muse is an unforgettable novel about aspiration and identity, love and obsession, authenticity and deception - a masterpiece from Jessie Burton, the million-copy bestselling author of The Miniaturist.

Title:The Muse
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:416 pages
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    The Muse Reviews

  • karen
    Apr 18, 2016

    proper review now written, following my long anecdotal tale.when i was packing up my go-bag to prepare for my recent adventure in back surgery, when there was still a 50/50 chance i would have to stay...

  • Will Byrnes
    Feb 15, 2016

    As an image it was simple and at the same time not easily decipherable—a girl, holding another girl’s severed head in her hands on one side of the painting, and on the other, a lion, sitting on h...

  • Angela M
    Jun 01, 2016

    So many novelists over these last few years, it seems are telling stories from dual time frames and if done right there can be a meaningful connection between them . I thought the story had so much pr...

  • Andrew Smith
    Jul 20, 2016

    I pressed on beyond half-way but then gave up. First DNF in a while. In truth, I thought it was simply dreadful.I’d read a good deal about Jessie Burton and I know her first book, The Miniaturist, ...

  • Candi
    Feb 19, 2016

    *3.5 stars*Having previously read Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist, I was quite excited to pick up a copy of her newest novel, The Muse. I must say that although this one was a decent read, I enjoyed...

  • Simon
    Feb 18, 2017

    You know when you love a book so much you're ridiculously excited and desperate to read the authors next but also really worried you won't love it as much which makes your tummy go funny... then you r...

  • Tadiana ?Night Owl?
    Aug 21, 2016

    Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:In her follow-up to her acclaimed novel The Miniaturist, Jessie Burton adopts a dual timeline structure, following the lives of two creatively gifted w...

  • Melissa
    Jun 28, 2016

    I must have been living under a rock for the last few years. I had never heard of Jessie Burton or her first, immensely popular novel “The Miniaturist”, before The Muse came into my radar. I don...

  • W Perry
    Jul 22, 2016

    Paintings. Spain 1936. London 1967. A mystery. Romance. War. Art in life. Family. Friendship. Betrayal. Life in art. "Art rarely obeys human desire. I expect such a painting left its imprint even when...

  • Rebecca Foster
    Jan 06, 2016

    (3.5) I enjoyed this more than The Miniaturist. One of my chief criticisms of that overhyped novel was that the setting – a few months in Amsterdam – felt claustrophobic. Well, Burton has certainl...