The Miniaturist

3.58 based on 53073 ratings & 6188 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 03.07.2014
ISBN: 9781447250913
Number of pages: 0

Synopsis

The phenomenal Number One Bestseller

Winner of the Specsavers National Book Award 2014

Waterstones Book of the Year 2014

Selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club 2015

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.

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It grabs you from the off... Like nothing you've read before
Glamour
Burton has created a complex, feminist story with a supernatural twist
Harper's Bazaar
Rolls together feminism, prophecy and 17th-century Amsterdam into a glittering, suspense-powered plot... Like A S Byatt, Burton is very good at conveying the political nature of people's lives through an abundance of domestic texture. This is a sumptuous book in every sense: she conjures up Amsterdam - its tapestries, food, religious iconography, unforgiving winters - with such sensual flair, you can almost taste the sugar... Burton is viscerally alert to the emotional and physical prisons in which Nella and the fascinatingly complex Marin live... She is also brilliant at generating a more earthbound tension: as the city closes in on the Brandts, the plot seems to twist and buck with every passing page. Truly, it's thrilling.
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