The Miniaturist

3.58 based on 55654 ratings & 6452 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 01.01.2015
ISBN: 9781447250937
Number of pages: 400

Synopsis

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, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.

In the media

It's 1686, in Amsterdam. After meeting her husband just once, at their wedding, 18-year-old Nella Oortman walks into her new and hostile home. But when her husband gives her a doll's house, he unwittingly provides her with the key to her empowerment. Preoccupying, to the final sentence
Vogue
Mines seventeenth-century Amsterdam for a slowly closing vice of historical suspense... compared to the best of Sarah Waters and Emma Donoghue... gender issues, class struggles and a possibly clairvoyant miniature-furniture designer
New York Magazine
Burton has created a complex, feminist story with a supernatural twist
Harper's Bazaar