Review: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

 Book review | The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton | 3 stars

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Cover design: Katie Tooke
Model making and photography:
Picador 2014
ISBN: 978 1 4472 5093 7



There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed…

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 realizes the escalating dangers they face. The miniaturist seems to hold their faith in her hands – but does she plan to save or destroy them?


Bullet-point review


+ 17th century etiquette
+ relationships between the characters

– the miniaturist

Full Review

It’s very strange to read a book that is set in your country (or in this case what eventually will be my country), in a language that is not the native language. Some of the words used are of course Dutch (though I’d not recommend anyone using them, because they’re not used any longer).

The story itself was quite interesting, however I did not think the miniaturist was such a big part of this. The rest of the story (that did not revolve around the miniaturist) was much more interesting. Therefore, for me, the miniaturist took away a lot of the good parts of the story.

What I especially enjoyed were the characters relationships and trying to figure those out. The 17th century was full of do’s and don’t’s regarding social ettiquette, making it so much more difficult (and in a book more entertaining).


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