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Once I got into this book I did enjoy it. It is narrated in present tense, which is quite difficult to get your head around at first. The narrator is also the author, and sadly, I don't think she's a very good narrator. At some parts, it is difficult to tell the characters apart, as there are no inflections or indications in the characters voice to tell you who is speaking. I felt the ending didn't really explain the background of the miniaturist, and her story was added on an afterthought and was a let down.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book written by Jessie Burton or narrated by Jessie Burton?
I might consider another book written by her, but DEFINITELY NOT anything narrated by her.
Has The Miniaturist put you off other books in this genre?
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Monotone voice, inability to act. It's taking me ages to finish as the voice is alternately grating & monotonous so I'm distracted from the story.
Any additional comments?
Obviously I fell for the hype around this title. The idea is good, but I'm finding the main character irritating & not that likeable. I can't sympathise with her, which is a pity as the concept is a good one.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
Set in Amsterdam in the 1600's, a time of harsh social justice. Newly married 18 year old Nella arrives in the city from the country to find herself part of a very unusual household.
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it.
The story sounded boring from the summaries I read before purchasing the book. It's my book club June choice so I got it. The book is better than I had anticipated and surprisingly flowed well. Overall it feels inconclusive. Hence unfulfilling.