The Muse
The Muse by Jessie Burton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Odelle Bastien has arrived in the UK from Trinidad and been working in a shoe shop. Her best friend, Cynth, came over with her, but Cynth is about to get married and Odelle feels that if her life is standing still. Until two things happen. Firstly, Odelle meets Lawrie Scott at a party and they begin a relationship, he shows her a picture his mother has left him in her will. Secondly, Odelle is offered a job at a London Art Gallery under the direction of Marjorie Quick, an amazing woman who is definitely not all she seems to be. As Lawrie’s picture turns out to be by the famous but mysterious Spanish artist, Isaac Robles, Odelle’s two stories start to come together in ways that even she could not have foreseen.

I read “The Minituarist”. For the first half of the book, I couldn’t wait to see what the miniatures were for and how they would bring meaning to the story. Gradually, it became clear that I was never going to find out.

Undeterred by this setback, I set out to read “The Muse”. For the first half of the book, I couldn’t wait to hear the exciting story behind Quick’s life and how they two parts of the book come together. To be fair, this time I did find out. But it was too late, the magic had passed and the back story had just been lost in the overlay or more trivial things.

I really want to love Jessie Burton’s writing. I think her ideas are great and have such enormous potential. In the end though, I feel that this potential is just never realised. I won’t be reading another one.

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