The Muse by Jessie Burton

The Muse

By Jessie Burton

  • Release Date: 2016-06-30
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 32 Ratings
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The Sunday Times Number One Bestseller and Richard and Judy Book Club selection.

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.


  • Exceptional

    By BenDaniels94
    I was doubtful that Jessie Burton would be able to pull off another masterpiece, following her success with The Miniaturist, but I was wrong. Burton weaves past and present seamlessly in a novel of twists and turns that still dazzles me even after reading the last words. Praise for Jessie Burton and I look forward to her next book, almost in earnest!
  • Enthralling

    By Spirales
    I loved the Miniaturist and could not wait to read The Muse. I was not disappointed. I thought it was better, loving the two stories and how they came together. An excellent book.