The Miniaturist Book Review

Hi fellow bookworms!

Today’s review will be on The Miniaturist, a bestselling debut novel from Jessie Burton.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
Release Date: January 1st 2015
Publisher: Picador
Source: Goodreads
Pages: 424

On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives at a grand house in Amsterdam to begin her new life as the wife of wealthy merchant Johannes Brandt. Though curiously distant, he presents 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 ring eerily true.
As Nella uncovers the secrets of her new household, she realises the escalating dangers they face. The miniaturist seems to hold their fate in her hands – but does she plan to save or destroy them?

My Thoughts

The Miniaturist is quite different to the books I’m used to reading, but nevertheless I did enjoy it. The story takes place in seventeenth century Amsterdam and focuses on an eighteen-year-old girl called Nella. She’s just got married to a merchant trader and begins a new life in the capital. Much to Nella’s disappointment, neither her husband (Johannes) nor his sister (Marin) are very welcoming, and Nella therefore spends a lot of her time alone. However, Nella receives a wedding gift from Johannes – in the form a miniature house – and her life soon changes…

Jessie Burton’s first novel is an engrossing read. I was captivated right from the very beginning. It’s dark and mysterious. I was so intrigued about the miniaturist – why does she keep sending mini versions of things in the Brandt household to Nella? And why does the miniaturist seem to know all their secrets?

Poor Nella. She really wasn’t prepared to live away from home, with a man she barely knew. And the way in which Johannes and Marin treat Nella…they’re both truly selfish characters. I can’t believe Johannes did what he did (you’ll have to read to find out!). Maybe Nella would have been happier if she’d left, but I guess that wasn’t possible.

The Miniaturist is a fascinating novel, though quite strange. At around 400 pages, this book is a bit lengthy, but don’t be put off. The Miniaturist is impressive for an author’s first novel, and I’d recommend it to anyone who likes historical fiction mixed in with a bit of mystery.

17 Comment

  1. I kept seeing this floating around, but I didn't know what it was about. It sounds really interesting. A unique idea for a book! 🙂 XO -Alexandra

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  2. This sounds like a good read. I need to get to the library soon and pick up some new books 🙂

  3. I don't get chance to find the time to sit down and read these days, which is something I really miss doing. But will be adding this to my ever growing list for the time when I do start to get reading again x

  4. I read The Miniaturist earlier this year, and really enjoyed it. It is a bit odd, but definitely a great story

  5. I'm going to put this on my kindle. Thanks for sharing as I've not heard of this!


  6. Not a book I think I would enjoy, but it does sound as though you really did x

  7. I haven't read a book in ages, I need to start reading on my commute to work. This sounds really good.

  8. I haven't heard of this book before. Sounds like something I would like.

  9. The mark of a good book is one that grabs you from the first few pages (in my opinion!) Sounds like you enjoyed this one.

  10. It sounds really interesting and nothing like what I usually read but will look it up and add it to my kindle

  11. I miss reading books. Although to my embarrassment I am a chick lit lover x

  12. I don't read anymore, and everytime I attempt to the past few years has been a failure. I am loving reading others reviews though and this one looks like a good read. Not something I would have chosen for myself, but just goes to show that you never know what you'll enjoy until you try x

  13. Oh I love the sound of this – anything strange seems to get captive me. x

  14. This sounds like a really interesting read, I am going to have to add it to my to read pile. Which seems to be getting bigger by the day!

  15. 400 words – that's a bit of beast but as long as the story can hold the reader enthralled then it sounds like a good read.

  16. Oh this book sounds intriguing – oh to have time to read a book! Kaz x

  17. I love reading I have over 1,000 books and I am always prepared to add another beauty to my collection.

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