The Muse, by Jessie Burton
Jessie Burton made her name with The Miniaturist and further secures her place as a bestselling author with this second novel in her portfolio The Muse.
On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skeleton 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 harboring 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.
A novel written across two time periods and two very different lives The Muse will have you questioning everything.
This suspenseful novel will make you question the motivations and untold secretes of every character to the very last revelation. Whilst exploring real historical issues and current issues relating to a woman's place in the competitive world of art.
Burton manages to create a complicated but exhilarating story line with The Muse that will have readers on the edge of their seats, and leave many unable to forget the spellbinding story.
This is a novel to rave about, and certainly not one to miss out on.
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