I just finished The Muse by Jessie Burton, and I’m so happy that I’ve started to read this book. through reading it, The Muse gave me some summer vibe so that I might recommend it as a summer book.
From the first chapter of this book, I realized that I would enjoy it, and I was not wrong. The combination of mystery, old Spain, and England vibe besides so many things to learn from it was quite satisfying.
The book has 2 parts. One happens in 1967, and the other one happened in 1936. though they are both telling different stories, you can find the connection between them. Both stories reveal secrets one by one. Which means it’s not like that you would only find the secrets in 1936 or 1967. On any page, you should be ready for everything to reveal, and the secret would be gone.
Odelle Bastien is a girl from Caribbean seas that decides to find her future in London. She moves to Spain with her best friend, Cynth. However, at the beginning of the story, Cynth is about to marry the love of her life. Though they both used to work at a shoe shop but finally, after so much searching, Odelle was able to find a job in Skelton institute as a typist. Later on Cynth’s wedding party, she met her lover, who is Lawrie, and with that, she found a painting that changed her life forever.
On the other part of the story that happens in 1936, there is a girl named Olive, who loves painting and fell in love with a man named Issac. These people’s lives connect through numerous secrets that was made through the whole story, and most of them get solved until the end of it.
Let’s get into emotion stuff!
I don’t want to spoil the whole story because I believe you should read it yourself, but let me talk more about my emotions in this book.
I love how you can get hints about characters with tiny details in each chapter. It makes you spend more time knowing characters than focusing on the story or events. Even though 5 percent of the ending was predictable to me, I had so many different emotions when I finished this book.
The ending was satisfying and, at the same time, was making me cry. I’m not sure If I loved the ending or not, but for sure, I didn’t hate it. The author didn’t forget about the characters throughout the story.
The fact that the author decided to focus on each fact, one by one, was good as well. It was better than going through so many different hints in the story. it made it less confusing, and I could feel the detective inside of me was awake the whole time.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to finish The Muse by Jessie Burton on a short among of time, but if I had, I’m sure I could finish it in one go.Tweet
The story was not slow at all. It wasn’t confusing, and it was not unrealistic. The emotion between characters was easy to recognize, and I could feel them. I didn’t become angry about any character because each one of them did correctly describe their desire and reasons to take those maybe stupid decisions so I could kind of understand them.
The descriptions, sentences were not too hard to understand, and at the same time, they had some excellent artistic combination, and I love that.
One of the things that are important for me in reading a book is the emotions that the book wakes inside of me. So I give it the star.
It’s time for star rating!
Now let’s count and see how many stars I would give to this book.
I always give:
1 star for the story.
1 star for the writing skill.
1 star for characters.
1 star for connection on my feelings.
1 star for waking up my imagination.
I’ll give the first star to this book for sure! I loved the mystery of the story, and I loved following it, and I was dying to finish the book to see what is going on.
I give the second star as well. I enjoyed the author’s writing skills, and I already explained how in artistic ways she could describe things. I enjoyed reading her work and definitely I’m going to read more work by her.
I give the third star because I told you how the development and describing the characters was my favorite.
The book also gets the fourth star. it connected to my heart and my feelings more naturally than I expected, and I could understand each character by heart even though their situation or story was not related to me at all, and I couldn’t relate.
But the fifth star, I’m afraid I won’t give it to the book. Though I loved the story, It couldn’t make me use my imagination after each time that I closed the book, maybe because it was a story filled with facts or because of its ending. I’m not sure, but each time that I closed the book, the story for me was closed as well. until the next time that I would open the book again.
So I give 4 out of 5 stars to this book, and I’m so happy about reading it. I recommend it, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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