8 April 2015

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Title: The Miniaturist
Author: Jessie Burton
Pages: 416
Genre: Fantasy, Historical, Mystery, Contemporary
Book Description:
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?



My Opinion:
This book was amazing! I thoroughly enjoyable read that meets all expectations. It was mysterious and creepy and I was always left waning to read on.

As soon as I started reading I was hooked. Throughout the novel I was left in suspense and Jessie did a fabulous job of keeping my intrigued! The mystery was very well inter weaved and I really enjoyed the slow and unexpected revelation that followed.

This brings me onto the plot. Just by the synopsis, I was curious and felt like this was exactly a type of book I would enjoy and boy was I right! The characters were really well written and I especially loved the anonymity of the miniaturist. And to make it better, there were tones of really unexpected twists all throughout the story. The ending was probably the biggest twist because, although the clues were there, I didn't pick up on them and was just gobsmacked. The ending was so good and I'm kinda sad I finished it.

I really, really enjoyed this book and I recommend it to anyone that enjoyed fantasy or novels with lots of mystery. This is not only a YA novel but is perfect for adults as well so I encourage everyone to read it. The main reason I picked it up is because the cover is stunningly beautiful and it's part of Richard and Judy's Book Club!
Overall, this is an amazing book, one I would certainly re-read, and I'm definitely looking forward to reading more novels by Jessie in the future!


Favourite Quotes:


If you believe that building is the safer spot, I am not the one to set you free

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The bars on your cage are of your own making

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'Where is home?'
'I don't know. Where comfort is. And that is hard to find'

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A lifetime isn't long enough to know how a person will behave

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In suffering we find out true selves

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It is a deceptive quiet, as if the house itself is breathing


Rating 
5 out of 5 stars

Next book I'm going to review:
The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman