THE MUSE

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS - by Jessie Bur­ton, Macmil­lan. HR

Set around the dis­cov­ery of a lost paint­ing with a se­cret his­tory, au­thor Jessie Bur­ton takes read­ers from the swing­ing streets of Lon­don in 1967 back to 1930s ru­ral Spain, where artist Isaac Robles and his half-sis­ter, Teresa, be­friend the Schloss fam­ily and set in mo­tion dev­as­tat­ing and long-last­ing con­se­quences. It’s up to Odelle Bastien, not long ar­rived from Trinidad and newly em­ployed typ­ist at the Skel­ton gallery, to un­cover the truth about the paint­ing, an art­work that holds at its very core dark se­crets of love, de­cep­tion and death. Bur­ton is an ex­quis­ite sto­ry­teller, who mas­ter­fully weaves the dual strands of her story to its dra­matic con­clu­sion.

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