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. Although Quick takes Odelle into her confidence and unlocks a potential she didn't know she had, she remains a mystery - never 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 the million-copy best-selling author of The Miniaturist.
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By 3_piets on 24-05-2017
One of the best audiobooks I've listened to
I picked this is feeling a little dubious but wanted something to spend my "last" credit on before I "cancelled" my audible subscription.. (they offered me half price for 3 months so of course I continued).
Odelle tells the story wonderfully, of Olive and her family's journey of love and loneliness, of life in Spain during the civil war and the beginning of WWII in Europe. The descriptions of artwork and life are well crafted and engaging. Worthy of the read.
As to the narration, it was one of the best I've listened to, and I've heard several hundred. Excellent changes between voices and accents, barely a mistake that I remember.
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By Sarah-rose on 26-08-2016
Left me emotionally confused... But I loved it!
Had I reviewed this book when I had first finished it, it would tell of disappointment and frustration. Frustration that none of the story lines in the book end how you want or think. Every time you felt you were on top, or wished for something, the book would just do the total opposite. So, when I finished the book, I was annoyed.
Given a while, I realised how fond I was of it and how brilliant it truly was. It wasn't a fairy tale ending like so many books, neither was it predictably morose. It was interesting, gripping and kept me on my toes! I got over my petulance at it not turning out how I'd hoped and realised how much I liked it. It's the first book that's ever made me feel this way!
It was very well read but I found her accent for Odell a little one-mood (she sounded excited at almost everything she said!) but nothing too major.
I've enjoyed both of Jessie Burton's books- both totally worth it!!
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By Hannah on 18-11-2016
Wonderfully woven story
What a cracking novel. I loved this book. Excellent character development and intricate story telling. A journey of intense emotions. Beautifully narrated too. Highly recommend.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful