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The Muse by Jessie Burton ā¤ļø a book review šŸ“š

December 12, 2016

There are books you read that stick with you for a long time after you’ve finished them. Books which transport you to another era, another world. The Miniaturist was one of those books, and I cannot wait to see it on the big screen one day. It would make a fantastic movie!

So when author of The Miniaturist, Jessie Burton, brought out another book I couldn’t wait to read it.

The Book –

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.

Verdict –

 I think that sometimes good authors have a talent for writing about certain subjects. Some authors for example are born to write chick lit, others are best at science fiction, I believe Jessie Burton is best at writing historical novels.

The Miniturist was in my opinion a fantastic historical novel, made extra special for me because I was in Amsterdam when I read it. 

The Muse is not a bad book, it is written very well. Jessie Burton is very good at writing. The story is a very unusual and interesting one. But for me it isn’t The Miniturist.

Do I recommend you read it? Yes of course. It is a story which keeps the reader guessing and wondering until the end but not in the gripping amazement her first book did.

You can purchase The Muse on amazon and at all major bookstores now.

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2 Comments
  1. I’ve got this to read.

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