Today is the last day of November and I am pretty excited for two reasons! First it is officially time for Christmas preparations and I am so ready to get in the spirit of the holidays! Secondly, the whole month of November I have been reading a book that I am finally able to make a review on and that is none other that “The Miniaturist” by Jessie Burton.
Summary: On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office—leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.
But Nella’s world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist—an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways . . .
Johannes’ gift helps Nella to pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand—and fear—the escalating dangers that await them all. In this repressively pious society where gold is worshipped second only to God, to be different is a threat to the moral fabric of society, and not even a man as rich as Johannes is safe. Only one person seems to see the fate that awaits them. Is the miniaturist the key to their salvation . . . or the architect of their destruction?
Thoughts on the book: This is a very interesting novel, that I can assure you and what makes it more interesting is the civil way Jessie Burton writes. I like the way she incorporated Dutch words in the context thus making it seem more authentic. Through the text you get a very good idea about how the Netherlands were back then and the way their community was formed. You get hardly bored with this book, as events follow one another and the action is unstoppable. Also, she knows how to make the hair in the back of my neck lift, as sometimes things got fairly creepy.
Thoughts on the storyline(may contain spoilers): Nella is a very interesting character and we follow her journey as she leaves her home and moves to Amsterdam to live with her husband. I was very amused by her reaction when she reached her new home and was greeted from her sister in law and the servants instead of her husband. Trying to fit in such strange environment is quite difficult for her if you also add the fact that Marin (her sister in law), Cornelia and Otto (the servants) are people with their own very well hidden secrets.
The miniaturist was one of the most intriguing characters ever! She rarely made an appearance but she seemed like she knew everyone’s business! When Nella requested miniatures to fill the cabinet that her husband gave her as a wedding present, little did she know that the miniaturist would start messing with her brain. Actually I was hoping that by the end of the book we would know who she is and how on earth she knew all these secrets, but unfortunately we learn nothing about her.
A thing that surprised me a lot is that this book hides a very subtle love story that is revealed only in the very end of the book! I could not have guessed it for the life of me and when I reached that part I was simply left speechless! I seriously had to close the book and think about it a little bit before I could continue reading! You think you know who’s in love with who but let me tell you, have noooo idea and are in for a big surprise!
Generally, this book was quite weird, not in a bad way of course! It was definitely an interesting read, a book that I would recommend to anyone who’s in for an unexpected coming of age story!
Thank you so much for reading my book review, hope that this post will urge you to read the book and if you do, please let me know in the comments!
Don’t be afraid to get back up again, try again, love again, to live again and to dream again. Don’t let a hard lesson harden your heart.