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Review - Muse by LCW Allingham

Synopsis -

Inspiration is a living thing and it is hungry...Terra Desmarais’s success as the next big artist in NYC is absolutely inevitable. Her patrons, the associates, Mr. Black, Mr. Silver, and Mr. Green, can practically taste the raw talent dripping from the enigmatic trailer park prodigy’s dollar store paints.Up and coming pastel artist Cedric Fleck is a lucky discovery of the associates. Rescued from oblivion by Mr Green, put up in a studio by Mr. Silver and paraded around on the arm of Mr. Black should be the dream. But within the steady stream of great press and even better parties, Cedric can’t shake the sense that something is very wrong. He wants to hate Terra for her overnight success, but he’s taken by her earnest love of art.As the artists around them crash and burn, and Cedric struggles to break free from the toxic seduction of Mr. Black, Terra is only concerned with her strange and compelling paintings. She seems to want nothing of the fame, the money, the sex or the drugs. As greed exposes the true colors of the associates, and Terra is too lost in her art to notice the danger, Cedric discovers that inspiration is a living thing, and it is hungry.


I have to start this review off by saying that Muse is one of the more original books that I have read in quite some time, but it is also one that might be a bit of an acquired taste.

You have three wealthy art patrons who love to discover fresh new talent, only to essentially suck them dry until they are little more than a living husk with no talent remaining.

The men seem to have the world at their feet until their latest find arrives on the scene and shakes things up. There is a fantastic reveal near the end that helps explain how these men rose to prominence.

This novella is not going to be for everyone, but I thought is was really well written and a fresh entry into the horror genre.

You can pre-order a copy HERE.

4 Stars out of 5

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