Book Review:
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Title: The Miniaturist
Author: Jessie Burton
Published: 2014
Language: English
Pages: 400
Rating: 4/5

Amsterdam, 1686. Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin her life as the wife of merchant Johannes Brandt. But she finds her new home less than welcoming, her husband not unkind but unavailable, and the people around her strangers.

But Nellas life changed when she is presented with a cabinet sized replica of her home. To furnish her gift, she contacts Amsterdam's only miniaturist, and starts receiving more than she asked for; strangely accurate items that match her life in the most unsettling way.

This was quite an interesting book. There's been a lot of fuss about this one and I've seen it everywhere, so I had quite high expectations. I wasn't disappointed!

I very much enjoy the vibrant setting of 1860's Amsterdam. I felt like I could really picture the places and the society.

The characters were fascinating, though I must admit I enjoyed the main character of Nella the least. I can't really pinpoint why. I did love all the other characters though, as I felt they were well-rounded and quite realistic.

The mystery of the miniaturist is quite unsettling, and it brings an eerie feeling to the entire story, like a great, dark cloud above it all.

I would definitely recommend this if you enjoy historical fiction.

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Also, tip if you're going to read this: reread the first chapter again after you've finished it! It really bring the story to full circle.

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