Review | The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

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I recently finished The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton which is set in the 17th century Amsterdam. For one thing, I found it very readable – very hard to put down, yet it didn’t work for me!

The story goes like this, an eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study, leaving Nella alone with his sharp-tongued sister, Marin.

But Nella’s world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist – an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways.

Johannes’ gift helps Nella to pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand and fear the escalating dangers that await them all. Only one person seems to see the fate that awaits them, that is the miniaturist.

This book is enchanting, beautiful, and exquisitely suspenseful, yet I found the book very disappointing. I was intrigued by the mystery of the miniaturist and when I found out the truth it was like a damp squib – I felt it was too easy and there didn’t seem to be any reason for it. The end of the book left me wondering what the point was, what had been achieved, both by the characters and by my spending my time reading it.


4 thoughts on “Review | The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

  1. Wow, this book sounds so fascinating. I have not heard or read anything of this sort before. But as you found this disappointing, it makes me rethink reading it. But I am still adding it to my wishlist- I might read it for its intriguing story. Great review as always 😁

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  2. I appreciate your honest review. You are right – the book is very disappointing. In fact, I think it is one of the most disappointing books I’ve ever read and that is because of its virtually non-existent miniaturist mystery, pointless nonsense, really.

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