The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton

This book was vey much out of my comfort zone and I only chose it as it was top of many of the book lists and yet I had not heard of it, that is no-one I knew had read it, so I was intrigued.

Throughout this book I marvelled at the incredible imagination that Jessie Burton must have to come up with such an original story. I also found her depiction of 17th century Holland as realistic and engaging as I find CJ Sansom’s portrayal of Tudor England.

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Book Description: 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.

I felt I knew the characters, so rich was Jesssie’s writing and I could actually feel the intense cold and dirt of the period and the suspense of the story kept me gripped until the last page. I hope we will all be treated to many more innovative novels from Jessie Burton as she is clearly a very talented writer.