The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

The Miniaturist

By Jessie Burton

  • Release Date: 2014-07-03
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 254 Ratings
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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, Jessie Burton's magnificent debut novel The Miniaturist is a story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.


  • Mesmerising

    By sucalug3
    A scalding story dressed up in gentility. Give it a try.
  • Start of a series???

    By RoliTat
    Ok, this book is well written and interesting and yes, I wanted to read this for ages but now I have - I wish I hadn't. For me it screams that this book is just book one in a long series as there was, to me a least, so much of the story missing and the end was very disappointing. Maybe book two, when it surfaces, will answer some of the (as yet?) unanswered questions. But I'm not sure I'll be rushing out to buy it.
  • Cupcakes

    By Bubble@squeak
    Brilliant book to read to the past to the present it went it was the setting in Holland that I enjoyed the very lovely scenery there was about the story and the characters .I enjoyed . Gillian
  • Masterpiece

    By Amyreadsit87
    Beautifully written and encapsulates you in the journey from beginning to end. Filled with clever twists and surprises, this is the first book in a long time I have been genuinely disappointed to finish.
  • Great book but ended too soon :(

    By Jodiexox
    Great great book to read... Loved the characters and everything happening but feel that the ending wasn't too great. Kinda left us guessing but not in a good way. I would recommend but wish it had ended differently!
  • The Miniaturist

    By JD28waaaaaaaa
    It was over far too soon! Loved it from the start and couldn't put it down. It was just the type of book I'd been looking for after a few average reads but now I'm back on the search for something equally as good! A great piece of work.
  • Cannot open on my iPad

    By (s.a.r.a)/
    I really liked the sample so I decided to buy the book, however it won't let me open it on my iPad although my iOS is up to date, anyone experience a similar problem?
  • The Miniaturists

    By Whirly crew
    When I started reading this I thought phew I don't think this is for me- I left it and re-read the reviews and thought I'd give it another go as the reviews were praise indeed......oh I am so glad I did because then I was captured and lived within the walls of the house myself! Great read, it has left me begging for more, the exquisite detail and historical facts were superbly researched.
  • Brilliant!

    By Nkkiname
    Historically fascinating and grippingly readable, this was a book that kept me reading well into the night as the plot twists unfolded. Highly recommend it.
  • Wonderful

    By MicaLoveridge
    A wonderful book that has you wanting more from the start, couldn't put it down! The only trouble is I NEED to know what happens next?!?