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The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton 📚 a book review ðŸ’™

August 15, 2016

Every now and again a book comes along which keeps you guessing and thinking and pondering long after you have finished reading it.

A few months ago I visited the beautiful city of Amsterdam with my darling husband. We had a lovely two night stay exploring the canals, grand houses and everything else the busy cosmopolitan city has to offer. A city filled with history from Anne Frank’s House to grand houses dating back to the 1600’s.

So when I came across The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, a book set in the very era I found so interesting and mesmerising whilst in Amsterdam, I knew I had to read it.

The Book –

On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways . . .

Nella is at first mystified by the closed world of the Brandt household, but as she uncovers its secrets she realises the escalating dangers that await them all. Does the miniaturist hold their fate in her hands? And will she be the key to their salvation or the architect of their downfall?

Beautiful, intoxicating and filled with heart-pounding suspense, Jessie Burton’s magnificent debut novel The Miniaturist is a story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.

Verdict –

In many ways the story of The Miniaturist is very similar to the things we are experiencing today. The terrible words racism, homophobia and misunderstanding of those who are different come to mind. But that was in the 1600’s, today it is such a shame that our societies still have to experience such atrocities.

Jessie Burton writes in such a natural way you feel as if you are watching a historic documentary. The characters all intertwine and interlink to make the story of Nella and her marriage to merchant trader Johannes Brandt a tale you will never want to end. As I read I felt as if I too was living in that very grand house on the canals in Amsterdam.

A book I thoroughly recommend. This is definitely on my favourite list for this year. After you’ve read it I recommend a trip to Amsterdam.

You can buy The Miniaturist in all major bookshops and on Amazon UK. I am now reading The Muse, the second novel by Jessie Burton which I will review for you all very soon.



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