National Book Awards: New Writer of the Year 2014
Waterstones Book of the Year 2014
There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed...
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 realizes 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, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.
Jessie Burton was born in 1982. She studied at Oxford University and the Central School of Speech and Drama, and has worked as an actress and a PA in the City. She now lives in south-east London, not far from where she grew up.
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By DebNwood on 20-05-15
Tricky to get in to
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.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
By Fiona Keates on 28-02-16
I'm still waiting for something to happen.....
it was rather like listening to someone read a long list of items 'and then I did this, and then that happened, so I did that, and then I did that, and then I did this....... '
So what happened to the parrot, who opened the window, what happened to Jack, why the significance of the minatureist, why was Agnes looking ill, who was the pock marked man, why did the confectioners wife become friendly and generous, why did nothing happen when the court case was so obviously flawed???????
12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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By Sharron on 28-09-15
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.
By mgn on 15-06-15
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.