Review: The Muse, by Jessie Burton

The Muse Jessie Burton

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery


If it wasn’t for the blogging community, I would not have read this gem! If you saw my review of The Miniaturist, you know by now that I didn’t enjoy it at all. So I would not have picked up The Muse without reading such positive things about it.

The story starts in 1967, following Odelle as she received a unique offer to work as a typist, the first job offer since she came to London five years before that is anywhere close to her studies and abilities. When she comes across a peculiar painting, she has no idea of the mystery, hope, dreams and heartbreak that come with its history – but Odelle is now involved in its secrets, too.

This story is just so gripping, and the mystery so wonderful, I kept turning page after page. I loved the art theme of the book, loved very much the intrigue and how the stakes keep getting higher and higher as you read – until you know there is no way this will have a happy ending. There are many things written between the lines, many things left unsaid screaming to the reader.

I don’t want to give too much away from the book, so I’m keeping this short: I was very impressed by the sophomore novel of Jessie Burton and I will re-read it fore sure at some point because it’s just so damn addictive.

4 thoughts on “Review: The Muse, by Jessie Burton

  1. Great review! I haven’t read Jessie Burton yet but both of her books are on my shelf. I think I’ll start with this one when I’m ready to pick up her work! It sounds nice and tense, and I love those unsaid implications! Glad you enjoyed this one 🙂

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    • Thank you, Emily! I look forward to seeing what you think of them! There is a mix on opinions about The Miniaturist (also there is a movie coming out, I think), but I hardly heard anything on The Muse. So it’ll be interesting to read your reviews!

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