Winner of the Specsavers Book of the Year Award 2014
National Book Awards: New Writer of the Year 2014
Waterstones Book of the Year 2014
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.
Jessie Burton was born in 1982. She studied at Oxford University and the Central School of Speech and Drama, and has worked as an actress and a PA in the City. She now lives in south-east London, not far from where she grew up.
©2014 Jessie Burton (P)2014 Audible Studios
There was always a new twist in tnis story, some i did not see coming.
Nothing to compare it to
Slow to start, took a while to get into it
Look beyond the appearance
Took a while to get into it but worth the perseverance
I enjoyed 'The Miniaturist' and was pulled along by the mystery of the narrative together with beautiful descriptions of 17th C Amsterdam. But I felt the intrusion of late 18th C Romanticism and 21st C apologetics.
Both the book's narrator and the main characters had the voice and shared perspectives of the principal character.
Overall I enjoyed 'The Miniaturist' but it lacks the depth of a classic.
Set in Amsterdam in the 1600's, a time of harsh social justice. Newly married 18 year old Nella arrives in the city from the country to find herself part of a very unusual household.
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it.
The story sounded boring from the summaries I read before purchasing the book. It's my book club June choice so I got it. The book is better than I had anticipated and surprisingly flowed well. Overall it feels inconclusive. Hence unfulfilling.
"fantastic book well read"
Such an imaginative and compellingnovel. It had me hooked from the very start and invested in every single one of the characters. Loved it.
"A very compelling book"
I enjoyed this very much, an intriguing Gand complex tale. But what about the end??? What happens next I wonder
"I'm still waiting for something to happen....."
it was rather like listening to someone read a long list of items 'and then I did this, and then that happened, so I did that, and then I did that, and then I did this....... '
So what happened to the parrot, who opened the window, what happened to Jack, why the significance of the minatureist, why was Agnes looking ill, who was the pock marked man, why did the confectioners wife become friendly and generous, why did nothing happen when the court case was so obviously flawed???????
Loved part one, then slowly became disillusioned as the storyline became more and more unbelievable. in the end, it was so irritating. I DID finish it, but I had invested time in it.
I don't believe the emotions this girl had at the end. Too much was not believable as being set in 1687. No, I wouldn't recommend it. Too many adjectives as well!
"The Miniaturist Or A Bride For Appearances Sake!"
I liked the story line, it was different. I enjoyed the social history, though in reality, I didn't find much of this.
I thought some ends were made to tie up, they didn't feel like natural outcomes.
I didn't think that the author read her book as well as an actor might have done.
This was a good book. Sadly unlike some, I didn't think it was a brilliant book. Maybe reading it myself, I might have given it a better score. I would read/listen to other books by this author.
"Didn't make it through..."
A classic example of how an audible book can be abandoned due to authors narration. Too sing songy poemy. Disappointing.
"Beautiful and fascinating for the first 85% of it"
The miniaturist is such an original story that emerges readers to life in 17th century Amsterdam. It touches so many social matters all wrapped up in beautiful writing! But I did find it all trailed off towards the end, and was left feeling unfulfilled. Would recommend though.
"Disappointing & very annoying narrator"
I might consider another book written by her, but DEFINITELY NOT anything narrated by her.
Monotone voice, inability to act. It's taking me ages to finish as the voice is alternately grating & monotonous so I'm distracted from the story.
Obviously I fell for the hype around this title. The idea is good, but I'm finding the main character irritating & not that likeable. I can't sympathise with her, which is a pity as the concept is a good one.
I loved this strange tale of wonder and history woven together so cleverly. I want to visit the miniature house!
"An unusual, fascinating story"
The lead female, she was initially shy and naive and grew stronger as the story unfolded
Yes, very much
Haven't got a clue!
I would thoroughly recommend this book. It was well researched and a good alternative to many of the formulaic thrillers & lightweight fiction that is being fed to us currently.
I was totally drawn into the Amsterdam which, like all cities, holds secrets.
Didn't want it to finish and hope to learn more about Nella and her household
Was really excited about this book but didn't enjoy it at all. Really disappointed. Authors voice was quite silly and it became irritating. Listened to the end and my opinion didn't change.
Saw some great reviews but was disappointed myself.
The characters were interesting but the actual storyline was not great and I lost interest.
Overall I wouldn't recommend this book and was disappointed- sorry to have to say that!
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