The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

The Miniaturist

Petronella Oortman is a naive 18 year old girl who enters a marriage of convenience with a wealthy trader, Johannes Brandt.  The year is 1687 and the setting is Amsterdam.  The book reads very easily, as Nella must adjust to a household ruled by her sister-in-law Marin, nosy servants, and a husband who is rarely home.  To help with her boredom, Johannes presents Nella with a gift – a cabinet house – and instructs her to purchase miniatures to fill the toy house.  When she hires a miniaturist for the task, strange things begin to occur.  The toy house reveals the secrets of the home she lives in and before long, Nella’s life is turned upside down.

I loved the fascinating backdrop of 17th century Amsterdam in this novel.  Burton does a marvelous job presenting that society, it’s social mores and day to day living.  The story itself is interesting and makes for a page-turner, although it felt as if too much of the author’s 21st century ideas crept into this book.  Lastly, the supernatural events of the miniature house were a surprise.  I felt if the author was going to delve into that world, she should have gone farther.  It left a lot more questions than answers.

3 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2014
400 pages

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About Suzanne

I'm a stay-at-home mom with three kids who loves to read.
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