The Miniaturist

The Miniaturist

Set in seventeenth century Amsterdam--a city ruled by glittering wealth and oppressive religion--a masterful debut steeped in atmosphere and shimmering with mystery, in the tradition of Emma Donoghue, Sarah Waters, and Sarah Dunant.

"There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed . . ."

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?

Enchanting, beautiful, and exquisitely suspenseful, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.

Title:The Miniaturist
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062306814
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About Jessie Burton

Jessie Burton studied at Oxford University and the Central School of Speech and Drama, where she appeared in productions of The House of Bernarda Alba, Othello, Play and Macbeth. In April 2013 her first novel, The Miniaturist, was sold at an 11-publisher auction at the London Book Fair, and went on to sell in 29 other countries around the world. It was published by Picador in the UK and Holland in


    The Miniaturist Reviews

  • Lucy Bignall

    I found this book very confusing and the hype of it, even more so.For one thing, I found it very readable - very hard to put down. On the other hand, I found the characters very unbelievable. I though...

  • Regan

    4.5 really really beautiful. I was going to give it 4 stars but then I reread the first chapter after I finished AND IT WAS SO GOOD IN CONTEXT. ...

  • karen

    I love you. I love you. From back to front, I love you.this is an remarkably polished and transporting debut novel that has been compared to sarah waters. which comparison alone should be enough for y...

  • Jeffrey Keeten

    ”Behold,as the stars of heaven for multitude….How can I myself alone bear your cumbrance,and your burden, and your strife?”Deuteronomy 1:10-12 The Miniature Petronella OortmanPetronella Oortman ...

  • Will Byrnes

    News Flash! The BBC has bought in, and will be airing a three-part series of The Miniaturist, for broadcast some time in 2017. The death of Nella Oortman’s father left the family in difficult strait...

  • Leah Beecher

    This book was very annoying. I kept persevering, oh yes, I did. Chapter after chapter, night after exhausting night when common sense was telling me to go chuck the book across the room and get some m...

  • Amalia Gavea

    ''But words are water in Amsterdam, they flood your ears and set the rot'' When you visit the Rijksmuseum, one of the exhibits that is certain to attract your attention, is the beautiful dollhouse of...

  • Leanne

    3 stars is a difficult rating for me. When I look at the vast number of 3-starrers I've got sitting on my shelves, there is a definite divide between ones I sped through at the time but that left no l...

  • Bookdragon Sean

    I tried to read this around six months ago and couldn’t get past the first page. I tried again a month ago and gave up after the first chapter. Finally, I tried one more time last night. I got past ...

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