The Miniaturist

Jessie Burton

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.


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25 March 2015

I liked it. Was hooked all the way through. I was disappointed with the ending as it was sad for all and you never properly found out about the miniaturist herself


23 March 2015

A disturbing story which takes you right on to the streets of 17th century Amsterdam and into the house of merchant Johannes and his new wife. Very strong writing for a first novel with images and characters that linger long after the final page. Perhaps the author tried to achieve too much in one book which led to some strange plot twists and a slightly unsatisfactory explanation of the role of the ‘miniaturist’. But I’ll read her next book…