Book review: The Muse

IT’S NO surprise that Jessie Burton’s second novel, The Muse, is one of the most anticipated books of 2016. 

Jessie Burton

Picador, £12.99;

ebook, £6.02

Her first, The Miniaturist, became an international bestseller and was named Waterstones’ Book of the Year 2014.

Like her debut, it’s clear that a great deal of research has gone into creating this work of historical fiction.

A dual time frame novel, the action begins in 1967 with young Caribbean immigrant Odelle Bastien getting to grips with her new life in London.

The aspiring writer is offered a typist job at the prestigious Skelton Art Gallery. 

She becomes embroiled in the discovery of a notable artwork from the Spanish Civil War, and it’s then that the reader is taken back in time to the south coast of Spain, where the formerly ‘lost’ painting is being created.

Burton clearly has a way with words, crafting masterful, complex and atmospheric mysteries that keep the reader hooked until the very last page.


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