Title: The Miniaturist
Author: Jessie Burton
My rating: 3/5
Synopsis: When 18-year-old Nella arrives at her new husband’s home in 1686, she imagines a wonderful life as the wife of a wealthy merchant and hopefully mother to children.
However, much to her dismay, her new household is not at all welcoming. Her sister-in-law, Marin, is cold and critical, and her husband is distant and none too keen to give her attention. What he gives her instead is a miniature version of their house. To furnish her cabinet, Nella enlists the help of a miniaturist, who seems to know more about her future than Nella does herself. The miniaturist sends puzzling pieces, which come to be true in startling ways. When her husband gets into a world of trouble, Nella searches for more clues of what is to come and struggles to understand the person behind her miniature objects. Are they here to help or destroy?
Quote: “Growing older does not seem to make you more certain. It simply presents you with more reasons for doubt.”
Review: While this book certainly had an interesting concept, it moved a bit too slowly for my taste. Burton did a wonderful job of creating the world of 17th century Amsterdam and I could easily conjure the images of the city and the house in my head, but the story seemed to lack a strong sense of direction until the second half, something I don’t typically enjoy! Additionally, the story didn’t have a very strong or satisfactory ending…it just kind of wrapped up (loosely) and then left the characters hanging. If you enjoy historical fiction then go ahead and read it, but if you tend towards a more fast-paced story, pass this one.