Friday 29 January 2016

The Miniaturist

The Miniaturist
Author: Jessie Burton
ISBN: 9781447250937

Hi Everyone

Here is a book that I wanted because of the cover.  This time, I wasn't let down.  The idea of a miniaturist revealing all the secrets of a household grabbed my attention.  The miniaturist exceeded my expectation. 

The characters were interesting, every one of them.  They all had their place in the story making it almost as though there was more than one character.  It was the sister in-law that I liked the most.  She was strong and independent yet without faults and secrets.  The husband annoyed me, which was good as every good book needs a character that is annoying.  It keeps you reading.  There was another male character in the book that just went beyond making me angry.  I cant tell you who or why without a spoiler alert... Read it. 

The plot was fantastic.  From the beginning, it moved to places I didn't see coming.  By the middle of the book, I was glad I was on holiday because I needed to read and read!  The ending is not what I expected, and it made the book.  I love unexpected happenings in books; it is what keeps me picking up the authors next book.  As for the miniaturist, I  cannot say I got to know them.  I got a glimpse, but that was all.  I think I liked it that way.  It created a mystery.  I couldn't wait to see what the next miniature item was going to be.

Would I recommend this book?  Definitely.  But you may need time out by the middle of the book as that is when I found it was hard to put down. 


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, Jessie Burton's magnificent debut novel The Miniaturist is a story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.

Happy Reading


This was available from:  Amazon, Fishpond and Book depository

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